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British Library 'web harvest'

The British Library will begin to preserve the digital age for future generations after new regulations come into force.

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"There was a danger we'd lose our digital heritage"

Ten years ago, there was a very real danger of a black hole opening up and swallowing our digital heritage, with millions of web pages, e-publications and other non-print items falling through the cracks of a system that was devised primarily to capture ink and paper.

The regulations now coming into force make digital legal deposit a reality, and ensure that the Legal Deposit Libraries themselves are able to evolve - collecting, preserving and providing long-term access to the profusion of cultural and intellectual content appearing online or in other digital formats.

– Roly Keating, chief executive of the British Library

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