March 8th, 2010

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The UK Web Archive

The British Library and IBM are working together on the UK Web Archive, which will store all accessible UK web pages, providing researchers with a great datasource of British academia, opinions and popular culture that may change radically or disappear without notice.

IBM is providing software expertise, and using it as a testbed for text-mining Big Data, estimating that it will be 220 Terabytes per year as of 2011. BigSheets (presumably a pun on BigTables) includes both open and closed source software. They have shown various interfaces including spreadsheets, tag clouds, and mutli-bubble charts.

I wrote an article about it for InfoToday: British Library and IBM Team Up on Web Archiving Project.

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