British Library to preserve digital age under new rules

The operation to "capture the digital universe" is expected to take three months. Credit: PA

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

It aims to "harvest" the entire UK web domain to document current events and record the country's burgeoning collection of online cultural and intellectual works.

Billions of web pages, blogs and e-books will now be amassed along with the books, magazines and newspapers which have been stored for several centuries.

The library could eventually collect copies of every public Tweet or Facebook page in the British web domain.