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Staffordshire to join new web archiving pilot scheme

Staffordshire has been selected as one of the areas to take part in a new web archiving model being piloted by the National Archives.

The National Archives works in partnership with the Internet Memory Foundation to archive central government websites, but until now its remit does not extend to local government or community websites.

The web archiving model will allow local authorities to ensure important online information is preserved for future generations and the pilots are being run in seven local authority archives which cover more than 20 local councils.

Staff from the Staffordshire and Stoke-on-Trent Stoke Archive Service will be trained in how to develop a curated web archive and will be provided with free support from the National Archives and the Internet Memory Foundation.

Staffordshire County Councillor Pat Corfield, Cabinet Member for Culture, Communities and Customers, said:

“I am delighted that Staffordshire and Stoke on Trent Archive Service has been selected to participate in this exciting new project. The service works tirelessly to locate, collect and preserve our irreplaceable written heritage and it has a proven track record in delivering a high quality service.

“Thanks to the endeavours of our Archive Service, precious items which shed help light on our rich history are widely available to the people of the county and its visitors. It is wonderful to be involved in this new project which will help to create a digital history of our community.”

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