Friday, February 11, 2011

Saving 172 BBC websites with BitTorrent

A recent budget cut at the BBC meant that as many as 200 websites were going to be shut down. However, an individual named Ben Metcalfe crawled 172 of the websites before they were deleted and has made them available via BitTorrent. I don't think Metcalfe really needed to expend the effort since it's likely the Internet Archive has archived the sites or will shortly, but it's nice to see an individual being pro-active in ensuring the sites would not be lost. The loss of the sites is a big downer for some who have contributed significant content to the sites in the past.