British Library

 A man walks through the main entrance to The British Library on April 5, 2013 in London, England.

A man walks through the main entrance to The British Library on April 5, 2013 in London, England. Peter Macdiarmid/Getty

The British Library and four other organisations have been given the right to archive the digital world from today, writes Robert Cookson. An estimated billion pages a year will be available for researchers to access through the new archive. The guardian of Britain’s cultural heritage will gain legal backing to collect and store every UK website, digital publications such as ebooks, and even chatter on social networks such as Facebook and Twitter.