Archiving of the Government Website and Social Media

FOI request reference: F0043680
Publication date: November 2015

Request:

I would like to know how much the National Archives has paid the Internet Memory Foundation to archive the Government Website and Social Media over the last 5 years?

Can you please provide a breakdown of these payments and the periods they cover?

Outcome:

Successful

Response:
Thank you for your enquiry of 23rd October 2015, in which you asked for the following information about archiving government websites and social media at The National Archives.

Your request has been handled under the Freedom of Information Act 2000 (FOIA).

FOIA gives you the right to know whether we hold the information you want and to have it communicated to you, subject to any exemptions which may apply.

I can confirm that The National Archives holds information relevant to your request.

We are pleased to be able to provide this information to you.

In you request you asked the following questions:

I would like to know how much the National Archives has paid the Internet Memory Foundation to archive the Government Website and Social Media over the last 5 years?

In the last 5 years The National Archives have paid the Internet Memory Foundation £2,105,112.78 to archive UK government websites and social media.

Can you please provide a breakdown of these payments and the periods they cover?

Please find a breakdown of these payments in the table below.

Financial Year Payment
2010/2011 £386,215.15
2011/2012 £447,471.40
2012/2013 £449,730.57
2013/2014 £420,847.83
2014/2015 £400,847.83

Between April 2011 and early 2013 The National Archives ran a project to archive social media as part of our web archiving programme. It has since become part of our regular web archiving activity with the Internet Memory Foundation and as such is included in the yearly cost of the contract. The total cost to develop the social media archive was £120,000.00. More information is available at:

http://blog.nationalarchives.gov.uk/blog/archiving-social-media/.

In addition, a pilot project ran during the same period to archive the websites of primary local authorities and National Health Service (NHS) websites. The total cost of this work was £50,303.00. More information is available at:

http://www.nationalarchives.gov.uk/webarchive/local-government-and-nhs-automated-crawls.htm.

Both of these figures are included in the total figure and the above breakdowns explain the variation in payments made to the Internet Memory Foundation during years 2011/2012, 2012/2013 and 2013/2014.

Please note that the above figures do not include VAT payments. When we are invoiced from a member state as we are by IMF, we use the ‘reverse charge method’. This involves us paying Her Majesty’s Revenue and Customs (HMRC) the VAT rather than the member state. Therefore, The National Archives paid these VAT costs directly to (HMRC).

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Quality Manager
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The National Archives
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TW9 4DU
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