This blog post has been provided by National Records of Scotland (NRS) and reflects the partnership working between NRS and the Scottish Parliament on web archiving and the release of the Scottish Parliament’s new website.
The Scottish Parliament (SP) launched its new corporate website two weeks ago. One of the challenges they faced was – what do we do with the old site and web content going back to 1999, when the Parliament came into being.
The historical value of this older content was not in question, but the SP team sought options to safely remove this older content from their new site, so long as it remained available elsewhere. To do so, SP collaborated with NRS’s Web Continuity Service to create a solution which incorporated live and archived web content. Read on to learn how we were able to put theory into practice.
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At the end of last year National Records of Scotland’s blog published a short series about their new Web Continuity Service. Here’s a handy round-up of the posts:
- Websites as archival public records and the ‘looking glass’ into government
…government websites form an integral part of the public record. National archives, who capture, preserve and make available public records, are therefore taking steps to capture a representative record of this modern aspect of government. To do so, national archives are creating web archives…
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2. What is web archiving? History, technology, collections
The World Wide Web was pioneered in the late 1980s to help share information more efficiently and effectively. Needless to say this new system proved to be a hit, leading to its global rollout in the early 1990s. It didn’t take long for observers to ponder that there was probably a lot of content on the Web that would be worth saving for posterity (particularly due to its vulnerability to change), but how?
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3. The NRS Web Archive and the NRS Web Continuity Service
The NRS Web Continuity Service went live in February 2017. Delivered as part of NRS’s Digital Preservation Programme, our service allows us to archive selected websites that fall within our statutory and strategic collecting remit, and make all archived snapshots accessible in the NRS Web Archive. After just a few months of operations, we are delighted to say that the service is fully functioning and delivering on what it set out to do.
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4. Aiming for quality: selection, capture, QA and preservation of the NRS Web Archive
But what do we mean by ‘high quality web archive’? In web archiving, quality can be related to three elements:
- Completeness – how much of captured website’s links, text, downloads etc. the crawler has been able to access and capture
- Behaviour – how much of the navigational functionalities within the captured website snapshot have been preserved, compared to the live site
- Appearance – how much the design, ‘look and feel’ and user experience of the website has been captured and preserved
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SWOP members are invited to a behind-the-scenes tour of HM General Register House (GRH), one of the oldest custom built archive buildings in the world which is still in continuous use. It is one of the six buildings which are home to the National Records of Scotland.
Opened in 1789, GRH today plays a crucial role as a centre for public access and engagement to our collections, as well as continuing to serve as a physical repository for many of our records.
Tour participants will gain insight into the fascinating history and architecture of this iconic building, come to understand how it functions as a modern research hub, and, last but not least, have the chance to explore and view selected records from our celebrated collections which span over eight centuries.
The tour will begin at 3pm, and should conclude no later than 4:30 (including time to view original records). Places are limited to 15 members. Please apply for a place via eventbrite
Our public café, which is located in New Register House directly adjacent to General Register, will be open from 9:00 to 16:00, should members require lunch or refreshments before the tour.
General Register House address is 2 Princes Street, Edinburgh, EH1 3YY A location map is available on our website.