I feel incredibly privileged to have been asked by The British Library if they could include my blog in an archived collection of blogs for research purposes. They are inviting 150 “key sites” for this project, cordinated by the UK Web Archiving Consortium. This is what they said:

“The British Library is building a collection of blogs. This collection will form part of the UK Web Archiving Consortium (UKWAC) initiative to archive websites of research interest.  Please visit www.webarchive.org.uk  if you wish to see the current online archive which is publicly accessible.

“We would like to invite you to have your site included in this important collection for Internet research.  We will be selecting some 150 key sites to form the basis of the blog’s collection until August 2007 but archiving will continue into the future.”

Here’s something I didn’t know, according to the UKWAC, the life of an average website is estimated to be around 44 days -about the same lifespan as a housefly! I’m glad I have passed that milestone.

The consortium is keen to capture the essence of today’s online journals for posterity. They certainly do provide a unique insight into our thoughts on topical issues. Who knows who will be reading this in 100 years time? An in what way will they be accessing it, what technology will be available then?