Friday, November 1, 2013

Necropolis Now archived by the National Library of Australia

On the 1st August 2013 I received an email from the National Library of Australia explaining how they aim to build a comprehensive collection of Australian publications to ensure that Australians have access to their documentary heritage now and in the future. As the email exaplined, 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 they have been identifying and archiving online publications that meet their collecting scope and priorities.

They then said that they would like to include the on-line publications of Necropolis Now in the PANDORA Archive!!! So that meant that I had to decide whether I wanted to grant the Library licence under the Copyright Act 1968, to copy my publications into the Archive and to provide online public access to them via the Internet. If so, this meant that I would grant the Library permission to retain my publications in the Archive and to provide public access to them in perpetuity. They would re-archive my publication periodically to record significant additions and changes.

The benefits to me in having my publications archived by the Library are that the Library will take the necessary preservation action to keep my publications accessible as hardware and software changes over time. The Library will catalogue my publications and add the records to the National Bibliographic Database (a database of catalogue records shared by over 5,200 Australian libraries), as well as to their own online catalogue. This will increase awareness of my publications among researchers using libraries.

So of course how could I say no to that?

So, Necropolis Now is archived in PANDORA. Now I just need to work out how to add the PANDORA logo to the sidebar of my site, as a fellow blogger has done here. I'm such a Luddite, I just don't know how to do it.


Unknown said...

That's incredible news! Congratulations. Graham from WW

Caroline Tully said...

Thanks Graham, how nice of you to say so.