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UK general election 2010 on the Web

UK general election 2010 on the Web
Jennie Grimshaw, British Library spoke on the UK general election 2010 on the Web. Focusing on the work of the British library in web archiving selected key Internet resources

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UK general election 2010 on the Web

  1. 1. The UK General Election 2010 on the Web J.M. Grimshaw May 28th 2010 1
  2. 2. What were we trying to do?• Demonstrate use of the web for: • Communication of policies by parties and their candidates • Influencing of policy by interest groups • Promotion of public participation• Enable comparison with use of the web for 2005 general election 2
  3. 3. Selection guidelines News and Local andRepresentative comment – national sample of traditional political candidates media, partiessites, including political social media blogs, polls MC900056434[1] Pressure groups, Public professional engagement – societies, interactive sites charities 3
  4. 4. Sources• Candidates’ lists and links on party websites• British Government Politics on the Internet, Keele University• Search engines – main source• Suggestions from colleagues 4
  5. 5. Barriers to Success• Narrow window of opportunity• Permissions issues• Technical challenges – crawling 540 new titles when the normal monthly target is 30! 5
  6. 6. Overcoming time pressures Collaborate – help fromInclude sites National already Libraries ofidentified for Scotland and 2005 Wales + election, eg Commons political Library parties Start selecting in advance of the campaign 6
  7. 7. Overcoming permissions issues• Getting attention of candidates and parties during the campaign is challenging• But we do not normally archive sites without formal written permission to avoid breaching copyright 7
  8. 8. Overcoming permissions issues Exercise due diligence – first seek formal permission to archive site Demonstrate failure and move to notice & take downNot displayed as a collection due to sensitivities around 8 consultation on e-legal deposit
  9. 9. Overcoming technical limitations First use of group scheduling (archiving large number of titles in a group, so that only one schedule is needed) 9
  10. 10. A Tour of the collection: candidates’ sites• Some make full use of all social media – Nick Clegg is on Facebook & Twitter as well as running a campaign website 10
  11. 11. A tour of the collection: candidates’ sites• Others use their local constituency party site• May have little election content• And a focus on local issues! 11
  12. 12. A tour of the collection: national parties• Includes selected minor as well as three main parties• Compare 2005 and 2010 election sites and manifestos• Maintains left wing/right wing and religious/secular balance 12
  13. 13. Minor parties 13
  14. 14. A tour of the collection: interest group sites• Encourage activism• Use video and social media• Offer manifestos and briefings 14
  15. 15. A tour of the collection: interest group sites• Trace change of approach and policy between elections• Compare EU Elections, & 2005 and 2010 general elections! 15
  16. 16. A tour of the collection: election blogs• Academic/think tank• Party political• Journalistic• Candidates 16
  17. 17. A tour of the collection: news and commentary• Focuses on BBC News coverage• Other news sites not gathered due to sensitivities around consultation on e-legal deposit• Includes full transcripts of TV debates• Archived daily 17
  18. 18. A tour of the collection: public engagement• Encourage activism• The Straight Choice collects and mounts election leaflets photographed and sent in by the public• 5715 leaflets added on May 18th 18
  19. 19. A tour of the collection: public engagement• Encourage interactivity• Who should you vote for? - answer quiz questions, and then the site will compare your views with those of main political parties 19
  20. 20. A tour of the collection: public engagement• Social media are prominent• UK 2010 general election on Twitter – offers tweets from politicians, journalists, media, voters• Archived daily 20
  21. 21. Collection presentation• Organised into subject categories – Research centres and think tanks – Regulation and guidance – Public and community engagement – Election blogs – Interest groups – News and commentary – Political parties – local and national – Candidates 21
  22. 22. Visual presentation of results• Visual analysis using tag clouds• Used to show most frequently used words in political party websites in 2005 election• Coming soon for 2010 election! 22
  23. 23. For future enjoyment!• UK general election 2010 collection – Over 700 sites – All available in the UK Web Archive – – But not yet presented as a collection due to introduction of sub-categories – requires technical adjustment 23
  24. 24. In the meantime …use title or keyword search! 24
  25. 25. ContactJennie GrimshawCurator, Official Publications and Social PolicyBritish Library96 Euston RoadLondon NW1 2DBEmail: 25