Archiving the digital world

Recently the British Library announced an ambitious project – to collect and archive the internet. The Guardian newspaper (UK) explains:

six major libraries will be able to collect, preserve and provide long term access to internet based information, including blogs, e-books and even the entire UK web domain. An estimated 1bn pages a year will be available to researchers through the new archive.

This means that everything published on the web will be preserved pretty much forever. And although only archiving UK sites at present, perhaps the National Library of Australia and other national libraries will follow suit.

Of course, the implications of this are enormous. A poor digital footprint will definitely follow us around now.

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