Anyone else being archived?

25 Sep

I have just had a request.

The National Library of Australia aims to build a comprehensive collection of Australian publications to ensure that Australians have access to their documentary heritage now and in the future. The Library has traditionally collected items in print, but it is also committed to preserving electronic publications of lasting cultural value.

PANDORA, Australia’s Web Archive, was set up by the Library in 1996 to enable the archiving and provision of long-term access to online Australian publications. Since then we have been identifying online publications and archiving those that we consider have national significance. Additional information about PANDORA can be found on the Library’s server at:

We would like to include the Floating Life website in the PANDORA Archive and I would be grateful if you would let me know whether you are willing to permit us to do so, that is, grant us a licence under the Copyright Act 1968, to copy your publication into the Archive and to provide public online access to it via the Internet. This means that you would grant the Library permission to retain your publication in the Archive and to provide public access to it in perpetuity.
We would also like to re-archive your publication periodically to record significant additions and changes.

That Pandora site is good.


Posted by on September 25, 2009 in Australia, blogging, site news


9 responses to “Anyone else being archived?

  1. Bruce

    September 25, 2009 at 2:44 pm

    I think I’ve been in to many blog wars to be archived. 😛

  2. Bruce

    September 25, 2009 at 2:45 pm

    Arrggh… Too many. Just changed keyboard and not all my strokes hit home yet. 😦

  3. Jim Belshaw

    September 26, 2009 at 12:31 pm

    This is very pleasing, Neil. I have felt for a long time that Pandora’s focus was too narrow. I have also felt that your blog was one that should be archived. Well done. I am not sure of all the other archived blogs – skepticslawyer, Club Troppo are I think.

  4. Jim Belshaw

    September 26, 2009 at 12:32 pm

    And Gordon Smith’s photo blog.

  5. Paul

    September 26, 2009 at 1:18 pm

    I’m not sure of purpose. Everyone can access all of my internet work through me. It is all permanently archived in my blogs and in the google cache and backed up in my computer and online. What purpose is there in making another, government authenticated portal and depository? Very confusing, I’m not sure the boffins in the government have the foggiest idea what they are doing on the internet.

  6. tikno

    September 26, 2009 at 4:55 pm

    Congratulation to you, Neil.

  7. Jim Belshaw

    September 27, 2009 at 10:02 am

    To Paul, it’s partially a question of survival.

    The Australian National Library is likely to survive longer than a private entity. We already have problems on the net with closures, dead links. Take geocity as the most recent example.

    It’s also a question of a central national repository where future researchers can go.

    I do worry about the survival of my own material in an ephemeral on-line world. It’s not just ego, although I accept that that is part. It’s also that some of my writing – interpetative and aggregation – is (I think) likely to be useful later.

    Recently eldest wanted to do an essay on the NT intervention. I referred her to some of my posts. One link was already dead – this was a link to the then Federal Minister’s press releases for an entire year. We really haven’t worked out how best to preserve on-line material for future generations.

  8. Paul

    September 27, 2009 at 10:39 am

    “We really haven’t worked out how best to preserve on-line material for future generations.” Okeydokey, when you work it out, be sure to let us all know.

  9. Antony

    September 30, 2009 at 6:57 pm



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