By Helena Byrne, Curator of Web Archives, The British Library
This blog post gives an overview of our sports related activities for the year to celebrate Sporting Heritage Day 2022
2022 has been, and continues to be, a really busy year for international sport especially in the UK. The Winter Olympics in Beijing and the Commonwealth Games in Birmingham were always scheduled to take place in 2022 years in advance. But as the Covid-19 pandemic caused disruption to many events in 2020 and 2021 many sporting events were postponed. The UEFA Women's Euros and the Rugby League World Cup, both hosted by England, were moved from 2021 to 2022, meaning that 2022 was even busier than normal in terms of major sporting events.
Sports has always been an Important part of the UK Web Archive so 2022 has been a busy year for us so far. Since 2017, sports has been grouped into three separate collections.
Sports Collection - https://www.webarchive.org.uk/en/ukwa/collection/1768
Sports: Football - https://www.webarchive.org.uk/en/ukwa/collection/1490
Sports: International Events - https://www.webarchive.org.uk/en/ukwa/collection/2315
The UK Web Archive regularly publishes blog posts about sport, which can be found here: https://blogs.bl.uk/webarchive/sports/
2022 Winter Olympics and Paralympics
As members of the International Internet Preservation Consortium (IIPC) both the British Library and the National Library of Scotland contributed to the IIPC Content Development Group (CDG) 2022 Winter Olympics and Paralympics collection.
The Olympics took place in Beijing from 4 to 20 February 2022, while the Paralympics were also in Beijing from 4 to 13 March 2022.
The collection archived 863 items which included whole websites, subsections or individual pages from websites. These items are from 38 countries and 24 different languages are represented in the collection. Topics covered both events on and off the sporting field.
Browse the collection here:
UEFA Women’s Euro England 2022
The UEFA Women's Euro 2022 competition took place across England from July 6 to July 31, 2022. Although the event is over we are still collecting websites about the Euros from around the UK till the end of October.
This collection covers both the sporting and cultural achievements of the event. There are over 275 items in the UEFA Women’s Euro England 2022 collection.
So far we have published seven blog posts about the Women’s Euros and there are still more to come. They can be found on the UK Web Archive blog with the sports tag here:
Browse the collection here: https://www.webarchive.org.uk/en/ukwa/collection/4278
Commonwealth Games Birmingham 2022
Commonwealth Games Birmingham 2022 ran from 28 July to 8 August. Although the sporting events are over the cultural programme is continuing for a number of weeks. This means that UKWA still has an open call for nominations for this collection.
The collection covers both the sporting and cultural achievements as well as the social impact of this mega event. So far there are 434 items in the Commonwealth Games Birmingham 2022 collection.
Browse the collection here: https://www.webarchive.org.uk/en/ukwa/collection/4228
Rugby League World Cup 2021
The Rugby League World Cup 2021 will take place from 15 October to 19 November 2022 across England.
This event is unique in that the men's, women's and wheelchair competition all take place alongside each other. You can nominate your UK published Rugby League World Cup content here: https://www.webarchive.org.uk/nominate
When published this collection will sit as a subsection of the Sports: International Events collection on the UKWA Topics & Themes page and will be available here: https://www.webarchive.org.uk/en/ukwa/collection/2315
Access to the collections
All of the archived content in the IIPC CDG 2022 Winter Olympics and Paralympics collection is open access. CDG collaborative collections are archived using the Archive-It platform meaning that all archived content is open access, although a publisher may request its removal under the Internet Archives’ general terms and conditions
All CDG collections can be viewed here: https://archive-it.org/home/IIPC
UK Web Archive Content has a mix of on-site and remote access due to the Non-Print Legal Deposit Regulations implemented in 2013. The full manifest of content selected for UK Web Archive collections is visible on the website but access to individual archived websites depends on permission being granted by website publishers. A note under each title informs users whether they can view the archived website online or whether they need to visit a UK Legal Deposit Library to view the archived content.
All curated collections can be found on the Topics and Themes page of the UK Web Archive website: https://www.webarchive.org.uk/en/ukwa/category
The UK Web Archive is a partnership of the six UK legal Deposit Libraries and works with other external partners in order to expand our subject expertise. We can’t curate the whole of the UK web on our own, however - we need your help to ensure that information, discussions and creative output related to sports is preserved for future generations.
Anyone can suggest UK published websites to be included in the UK Web Archive by filling in our nomination form: https://www.webarchive.org.uk/nominate