> Number 10 Downing Street, MI5 and the Cabinet Office are just some of the > government departments to have their web presence immortalised in the > first-ever archive of government websites. The National Archives at Kew > has successfully stored the first six-monthly 'snapshots' of 40 government > sites in its Web Archive, which will be preserving over 50 government > websites as historic records. The archive is free and can be accessed on > www.pro.gov.uk/webarchive > > Since the Web Archive's launch in September, The National Archives at Kew > has been taking weekly snapshots of 11 rapidly-changing websites, such as > the Hutton Inquiry and Number 10 Downing Street. The sites included in > this six-monthly trawl are more static in their content than the 11 sites > already archived and include the Security Services, the Inland Revenue and > the Northern Ireland Office. > > David Ryan, Head of Archive Services at The National Archives, said: > 'Websites, such as the Number 10 Downing Street site, provide a very > important insight into the political and social world we live in today. > We are delighted to have successfully preserved 50 sites and hope that > eventually all government sites will be archived'. > > David Thomas, The National Archives' Director of Government and Archival > Services, said: > 'This Web Archive is one of many things we have done to ensure that > digital records are preserved for future generations, including an archive > to store digital documents such as word files and e-mails. We aim to > ensure that there is a seamless transition as we move from the > preservation of paper to digital records.' > > The National Archives has contracted the world leaders in web archiving, > The Internet Archive, to set up the new Web Archive, initially for one > year. > > The websites have been collected using specially designed crawler > software, which retrieves and stores pages on the site. The sites are > then catalogued, stored and accessed using The Internet Archive's Wayback > Machine software. You can enter the URL of the website you wish to view > and then select by date from the archived versions available. > > Latest news on Digital Preservation @ The National Archives > http://www.pro.gov.uk/about/preservation/digital/default.htm > > *With apologies for cross-posting* This e-mail message (and attachments) may contain information that is confidential to The National Archives. If you are not the intended recipient you cannot use, distribute or copy the message or attachments. In such a case, please notify the sender by return e-mail immediately and erase all copies of the message and attachments. Opinions, conclusions and other information in this message and attachments that do not relate to the official business of The National Archives are neither given nor endorsed by it.