This is the update for March from the National Library of Spain.
As we are focused on procedures and workflows related with the deposit of non-print publications (non-print legal deposit apart from web archiving), our web archiving tasks are mostly business as usual.
We are trying to solve last problems related with NAS 5 installation. Most harvests are running properly. Regional collections are in the process of growing and stabilization. Web curators from the deposit regional libraries work directly and in a stable way on BCWeb.
Now we are in the process of recruiting specialized web curators on topics like Literature, Social Science, Biology and Medicine, Science and Technology… as we don’t have special collections on these topics at the Library, so we don’t have web archiving collections on them yet. There is a network of University Libraries in Spain and we are going to sign an agreement with them and create a working group with web curators coming from specialized libraries to launch and maintain web collections on these topics, that are so far an important hole in our collection. Those who will collaborate want in return to have an access to the web archiving collection from their libraries for their users, and this opens a discussion in our Library, because, within the strict interpretation of our legal deposit law, the access from other libraries is restricted only to those ones with competencies on legal deposit and the University libraries don’t have this competency. So we have to study with legal advisors which alternatives we have. We’ll keep you informed about the progress of this matter.
Regarding access interface to our web archive collections, as you know we gave access to Openwayback last summer, but through a pilot interface, quite unfriendly. So we are studying the way to redesign it, including access for collections, subjects and titles. Considering the Austrian access interface as a model for us, we started working on it.