Why do we ReStore web resources?

User awareness of web resources often grows following completion of the initial funding, while the value of the resource will often deteriorate due to lack of maintenance. Where no continuation funding is in place and project teams disperse, web resources frequently become unserviceable, either because the content becomes increasingly outdated or because sites cease to function properly for a wide range of technical reasons, even though their core content remains valuable to researchers.

Either way, valuable reference materials are lost to the researcher community.

In response to the above challenge, the ReStore team is able to prolong the useful life of such resources and maximise the investment made by the funders and original authorship team.


To make them searchable

We index each web page and its content (workshop materials, metadata, actual text, titles, contributors etc.) so that the content is searchable within the ReStore repository. We also implement Google sitemap on all content i.e. send a complete index of the resource to Google so that their crawler/robots can easily find everything in our repository and list it in search results presented by Google. The ReStore site is also closely integrated with that of the National Centre for Research Methods, thus providing another major route to expose relevant search results to researchers.


Why not use other archives?

We actively encourage all web resource authors to consider sustainability issues from the outset in the design and operation of their web resources. ESRC award holders whose projects involve data creation are specifically required to take account of ESRC’s Research Data Policy and to offer their datasets to the Economic and Social Data Service (ESDS) for preservation. Those creating shareable teaching resources should consider deposition in an Open Educational Repostory such as Jorum. The focus of ReStore is specifically on entire research methods web resources and our basic principles are set out in our Guidance documents. If we are offered materials that might be more appropriately archived elsewhere, we are always happy to explain the options.


Want to get in touch about your web resource?

If you are working on a project funded by ESRC and think the ReStore team may be able to help, please either mail us at info@restore.ac.uk or call us on 023 80 59 7473.