Bures-online.co.uk
Serving the communities of Bures St Mary and Bures Hamlet

The long term future of the web site


Now in my 70`s, it has been a concern for many years that due to ill health or other problems that may arise, I may no longer be able to maintain the web site.
Over the past couple of years, it has proved unsuccessful to find anyone with sufficient spare time to take on this challenge
Since its launch in 2001, I have run this site single handed with my time calculated to be in excess of 10,000 hours and with financial costs running into four figures
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I have been urged by several close friends to consider archiving the site into some form of book, which I should publish.
This has turned out totally impractical, due to the high cost of printing a 350 page book in full colour

The cost per book would be so high, that it would never be financially viable.

Another concept would be to save each topic as a PDF file and make that available on a DVD ?
However, this would mean a very lengthy process of manipulating every web page into an A4 format
A web page in reality is one long page. It would require dividing the page into individual A4 pages, that would result in images possibly appearing half on one page and the other half on another page
Then each Chapter ( previously topic) would require the top banner removed and the left hand index menu deleted.
This would mean realigning the page text
Very time consuming


Then during April 2019, I received an email from the British Library which read :

Bures St Mary and Bures Hamlet Information

Dear Sir/Madam,
The British Library would like to archive your website in our archives and to make it publicly available. The Web Archive was established in 2004 to capture and archive websites from the UK domain and across the web, responding to the challenge of a digital black hole in the nations memory. It contains only specially selected websites that represent different aspects of UK heritage on the web, as well as important global events. We work closely with leading international institutions to collect and permanently preserve the web

I submitted the enclosed application which required numerous undertakings in order to agree with their T&C`s
Typically:-
(a)Did the site contain any copyright material owned by a 3rd party?
(b)Was there any paid advertising and was the site subject to 3rd part sponsorship ?
(c)Did I own the copyright on all the material published on the website ?

I submitted the application and within a week, I received a reply to acknowledge the site had been archived.

This web site has now been downloaded in the British Library Archives, which also includes the National Library of Scotland; the National Library of Wales; Bodleian Libraries, Oxford; University Library, Cambridge; and the Library of Trinity College, Dublin

So its now available to view in the reading rooms of all these fine Institutions.

The site is alreeady used by Essex University, Anglia University, Liverpool University and Manchester University into their research of a typical Victorian Industrial village

So now the web site has been recorded hopefully for many generations to come and read about life in our rural village.

Alan Beales
23/05/2019

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