The average life of a web page is only 75 days

For centuries the British library has kept a copy of every book, pamphlet, magazine and newspaper published in Britain.

from now it will also be bound to record every British website, e-book, online newsletter and blog in a bid to preserve the nation’s “digital memory”

since people began switching from paper and ink to computers and mobile phones, material that would fascinate future historians has been disappearing into a digital black hole

The average life of a web page is only 75 days, because websites change, the contents get taken down

Until now, though, the British library has had to get permission from website owners before taking a snapshot of their pages.

That began to change with a law passed in 2003, but it has taken a decade of legislative and technological preparation for the library to be ready to begin a vast trawl of all sites ending with the suffix .uk.

“The library will be collecting in a single year what it took 300 years for us to collect in its newspaper archive,”


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