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Saturday, November 06, 2010

British Library hints at videogame archiving plan

"The British Library is looking to work more closely with the videogame industry to help preserve gaming's 30-year history. Fears are growing that not enough is being done to archive the thousands of games which have been produced in the United Kingdom. Now Paul Wheatley, a specialist in digital preservation, at the British Library, says it is keen to lend support, building on work already done by an initiative called the National Videogame Archive. Industry experts say the country is in danger of losing vast quantities of gaming content and Mr Wheatley believes games and related documents from the 1970s through to the 1990s are already being lost. His concerns mirror those of the British Library's chief executive, Lynne Brindley, who said last year the country faced a "black hole" of lost information as more records are moved digitally online" - The independent

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