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30 November 2022

If Websites Could talk - Part 5

By Hedley Sutton, Team Leader, Asian & African Studies Reference Services

Check out previous episodes in this series - Part 1Part 2, Part 3 and part 4.

Over a year has passed since we last eavesdropped on the ongoing debate among U.K. domain websites as to which of them deserves to be recognised as the most extraordinary site of all. 

“We think we should be considered,” said *Heritage Cast Iron Radiators*. “We’re not a site that you come across every day.”

Screenshot of the Carrotworkers collective website

“Agreed, but you could surely say the same about us,” retorted the *Carrotworkers’ Collective*. “What do you reckon, *Angelfish Opinions*?”

There was no response, the latter being in deep conversation about matters piscine with the *Catfish Study Group*.

“Let’s hear it for the mammals!” cried *Platypus Research*. “You’re with us, *Led by Donkeys* , are you not? And you, *Absolute Dogs*? Not quite sure if you count, *Hatching Dragons*”?

“We insects always get overlooked,” muttered the *British Bee Veterinary Association*.

“We know how you feel,” commiserated *Polly Parrot Rescue UK*.

“What about us?” said the *UK Soft Power Group*. “Our charm, our intelligence …”

“Look, we want to take this tired debate to a whole new dimension,” said the *Quantum Communications Hub*. “With the help of the *Cosmic Shambles Network*, nothing can possibly stop us!”

“That’s not quite fair,” said the *Tuneless Choir*. “If you’re going to work together on your bid, then we might well hook up with the *London Vegetable Orchestra*”.

“Wait a minute – two can play at that game,” said the *Museum of Human Kindness* , “Can’t they, *Empathy Museum*?”

Fortunately at this point the *Centre for Effective Dispute Resolution* made a useful suggestion. It was decided that the fairest way forward was for candidate sites to first contact the *UK Anonymisation Network*, and then let the *Academy of Experts* make the final choice.  

And thus it came to pass that the chosen site was … *Much Better Adventures*.

03 November 2022

Calling All Digital Preservers!

By Andy Jackson, Web Archive Digital Lead, British Library

Calling All Digital Preservers!

World Digital Preservation Day logo -WDPD2022

The digital preservation community is small and under resourced. This means we must work together if we want to make the biggest impact. To this end, a small group of us have been attempting to help the members of the digital preservation community better support each other. As it is World Digital Preservation Day  (, we'd like to encourage you all to (re)discover what we've built so far:

If you'd like to help, we'd love to hear from you....

  • What have we missed from the Awesome List?
  • Can you answer any of the unanswered DigiPres questions? Do you need to ask questions of your own? Are there old questions and answers on mailing lists that need a more visible home, so others can find them again?
  • Can you contribute to the COPTR Tool Registry?
  • Are these resources useful? Should we change our approach?

The last one is really important. We've been in digital preservation long enough to see a lot of portals and projects come and go, and we recognize that making it possible to build on past work sometimes requires changing what we've built so far.

Please get in touch if you have any questions. You could talk us directly via Twitter or Mastodon (e.g., or use the discussion forums. We're happy to hear any and all ideas!

In particular, in the last few weeks, the homepage has been modified and the Awesome List has been set up, based on community feedback ( Now would be a great time to get some feedback on what we've been doing!

Thanks for reading, and thanks to everyone who has contributed so far.

Andy Jackson (@anjacks0n/@[email protected]) & Paul Wheatley (@prwheatley), on behalf of all the contributors.

With thanks to the Open Preservation Foundation for hosting many of these resources, and to the Digital Preservation Coalition for their support.