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Fixing the link

Web Continuity: fixing the link

Paris, December 2009

Broken links will soon be a thing of the past for UK Government websites, as The National Archives launches its Web Continuity project. The first of its kind anywhere in the world, the project has already enabled millions of people using government websites to find information which would previously have been lost through broken web links.

Officially launching at the House of Lords the 2nd of December 2009, the initiative links seamlessly with UK Government Web Archive, regularly captured by the European Archive Foundation for The National Archives (UK) which preserves 1500 government websites for posterity.

If someone clicks on a link which is no longer live, redirection software being installed by UK government departments will automatically take them to where the information they need is held in the web archive. Currently, the service is leading to more than six million redirected hits a month.

To date six UK central government departments together with The National Archives have installed the necessary redirection software. 'While broken web links are a problem across the whole of the internet, as pages move, information is taken down and websites change, The National Archives is the first to offer a solution,' said Dr Spencer, Head of Web Continuity at The National Archives.

The European Foundation, which is powering the archiving and hosting service for The National Archives is very excited to see a new way of accessing content preserved from the Web, making Web Archives ever more useful to the large public.

For more information please visit the UK Government archive.

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