IIPC Steering Committee Election 2020: nomination statements

The Steering Committee is the executive body of the IIPC, currently comprising 15 member organisations. This year six seats are up for election/re-election. In response to the call for nominations to serve on the IIPC Steering Committee for a term commencing 1 June 2020, nine IIPC member organisations have put themselves forward:

An election will be held from 22 January to 14 February. The IIPC designated representatives from all member organisations will receive an email with instructions on how to vote. Each member will be asked to cast six votes. The representatives should ensure that they read all the nomination statements before casting their votes. The results of the vote will be announced on the Netpreserve blog and Members mailing list on 17 February. The first Steering Committee meeting will be held after the General Assembly in Montreal, on 14 May.

If you have any questions, please contact the IIPC Programme and Communications Officer.

Nomination statements in alphabetical order:

Biblioteca Nacional de España / National Library of Spain

The web archiving activity in Spain is under the scope of the Non-print Legal Deposit legislation in Spain. A collaborative network in Spain was built with the regional libraries to share with them the BNE infrastructure and help them afford their mandate of non-print legal deposit.

On the other hand, many countries in the world don’t preserve their webs yet, and probably many of them won’t be able to do it in the short or medium term. Among the Spanish-speaking countries, only Chile and Spain participate in the IIPC. The BNE thinks that the web archiving community has to turn their eyes to Latin American countries to get them involved in this preservation project and provide them support and advice to preserve their online documentary heritage. The social changes and political events that recently arose in some of these countries urge us to focus on this need.

The BNE is convinced that only with cooperation the heritage institutions will be able to afford the challenge of preserving the online information. This is also the basis the IIPC was created on.

Bibliotheca Alexandrina

We the people behind web archiving at the Bibliotheca Alexandrina love a big data computing challenge. We recognize the significance of the web as an evolution of the media where heritage is inscribed and the responsibility to preserve it similar to how books and papyrus were preserved. Preserving heritage is properly done only when curatorial expertise is coupled with the right technology. Having a strong IT, we believe we have something to bring to the IIPC when it comes to how we as a collective apply technology towards achieving our goals. We believe there is much to be done with the archived web to unlock its potential. Towards that, BA is kicking off in partnership with NLNZ project LinkGate for scalable web archive visualization, leveraging previous experience in big data and combining that with the involvement of the research community to build a tool for researchers. Besides technology, BA believes it possibly has the opportunity to bring forth the topic of web archiving in the Arab/Africa region and to generally represent the IIPC outside the consortium’s usual perimeter and has, for instance, recently delivered a talk about the IIPC at the UNESCO Memory of the World conference.

Columbia University Libraries

The respective mission statements of IIPC and Columbia University both commit to advancing knowledge through global exchange. Columbia University Libraries has been building openly accessible thematic web archive collections since 2008 and serves as the administrative home for the Ivy Plus Libraries Confederation’s collaborative web collecting program.

Columbia has benefited greatly from the expertise of the IIPC web archiving community, in direct proportion to our increasing engagement with IIPC collaborative work. From co-founding the Content Development Group, serving on the Program Committees for the conferences in Reykjavik, London, Wellington and Zagreb, to completing our first Steering Committee term (including work on the P&O portfolio and hosting a SC meeting in New York City), Columbia has been an active contributor to the IIPC.

The CDG’s Collaborative Collections initiative has through the efforts of participants from over 30 different member institutions produced rich multilingual and multinational collections. In pursuing a new term on the Steering Committee, Columbia aspires to continue supporting this and other engagement opportunities while helping shape the upcoming Consortium renewal and advocating for the IIPC to leverage its reserve funds to hire added staff to reduce our current dependence on volunteer work and better advance our challenging goals.

Deutsche Nationalbibliothek / German National Library

The German National Library (DNB) is a member of the IIPC since 2007. Its web archive started in 2012. The selective workflow is based on a co-operation with the service provider oia and does not include the common open source tools. Web archiving and the collection of digital publications (eBooks, eJournals, etc.) are part of the German legal deposit. There are ongoing co-operations with German state libraries and web archives.

Digital preservation is an important topic for the German National Library. DNB is active in this community and uses migration and emulation for digital collections. As co-lead of the IIPC Preservation Working Group DNB has been working for many years on bringing preservation aspects to the web archiving community.

In the IIPC Steering Committee DNB wants to help bringing together the communities of digital preservation and web archiving. DNB also wants to represent the growing German web archiving activities and support outreach to a network of libraries and archives interested in web archiving.

Harvard Library

The Harvard Library would like to place itself into nomination for the IIPC Steering Committee. Harvard Library is one of the great research libraries of the world and has been involved in concentrated web archiving activities since 2006. While initially deploying a locally-developed infrastructure based upon the Heritrix/Lucene/Wayback open source stack, the Library transitioned its collecting activities to Archive-It in 2018. Web archiving is a core stewardship component of the Library’s born-digital initiatives, which embrace all materials necessary for superlative support of the University’s 21st century research, teaching, and learning mission. Issues of current Library concern include training, restricted website capture, integration with Library discovery systems, economic sustainability, and collections-as-data. Active thematic collecting spans administrative records and scholarly disciplines across the arts, sciences, and humanities. Harvard is also a founding member of the Ivy Plus Libraries Confederation and participates significantly in its collaborative web collection building, including a pilot project investigating the use of LOCKSS for long-term preservation. The IIPC is the premier forum for effective advocacy, outreach, training, and innovation in the field and Harvard welcomes the opportunity to bring its perspective as a research-intensive University to advancing the work of the organization and the broader community.

Library and Archives Canada / Bibliothèque et Archives Canada

LAC as the national Archives and National Library of Canada has a legal mandate to collect Internet resources of Canada. To that end LAC has had a web harvesting program for many years, and is now putting greater and sustained emphasis on Canadian internet preservation. ‎

As part of its work on the Steering Committee LAC will continue to work to expand participation into under-represented regions of the Americas and Asia, two important communities that need to be engaged in Internet preservation, and from which we can learn from. Through its participation in both the archival and library communities at the national and international level, LAC will work to increase the knowledge and understanding of the importance of internet preservation and the value of participating in a global consortium dedicated to such activities.

LAC looks forward to continued success of the IIPC’s activities, and is pleased to support Bibliothèque et archives national du Québec as the Canadian hosts of the Steering Committee and the General Assembly in Montreal in May 2020.

Los Alamos National Laboratory Research Library

The Research Library of the Los Alamos National Laboratory (LANL) has a long-standing history of research and development efforts related to web archiving. Most notably, members of the Prototyping Team have devised the Memento Framework (RFC 7089) and implemented the Time Travel service, a federated search that enables the discovery of archived snapshots in more than 25 web archives simultaneously. The team further developed the Memento for Chrome and Memento for Firefox browser extensions that, based on Memento infrastructure, allow browsing web links back in time. Other related efforts aim at the adoption of Memento for popular Content Management Systems such as MediaWiki systems and research into the phenomenon of reference rot in scholarly communication. Most recently, the Prototyping Team has developed Memento Tracer, a novel web archiving framework that aims to find a balance between scalability and web archival quality.

The LANL Research Library is looking to bring this expertise and experience to the IIPC Steering Committee and, if elected, will focus on the promotion and adoption of web archival standards, collaborative tool development to further enable research of web archives’ holdings, and sustainability efforts of software projects by and for the community.

Nacionalna i Sveučilišna Knjižnica u Zagrebu / National and University Library of Croatia

The National and University Library in Zagreb (NSK) is an IIPC member since 2008, and has been involved in activities regarding web archiving for over than 15 years. NSK started to archive the web selectively in 2004 and developed the Croatian Web Archive (HAW). Now, the HAW is combining three approaches and two different software to archive the web: selective archiving, since 2011 annual (.hr) domain harvesting and creating thematic collections of important Croatian events or themes. To secure permanent access to archived web resources, we are assigning persistent identifier URN:NBN to archived titles and instances. Majority of the content in HAW is in open access. We are active in training and organising workshops to introduce the web archiving to library professionals and students. We were honoured to host the IIPC General Assembly and Web Archiving Conference in 2019.

If elected in Steering Committee, we will be happy to share our experience with IIPC community and especially help in the field of training and metadata, building new collections and supporting open access and researchers’ needs.

Schweizerische Nationalbibliothek / Swiss National Library

The Swiss National Library started building Web Archive Switzerland in 2008. The full-text searchable archive enhanced by IIIF-generated screenshots, is integrated in e-Helvetica, the access system to the entire digital collection. The archived versions of websites can only be viewed in the reading rooms of the Swiss National Library and in over 30 partner libraries that contribute to this archive. However, the metadata of the archived versions are openly accessible.

Since joining the IIPC Steering Committee in 2013, the Swiss National Library has served in a variety of roles including Vice-Chair (2014), Chair (2019), and Portfolio Lead (since 2016). In order to ensure continuity in the work on the new Consortium Agreement, the Swiss National Library’s representative, Hansueli Locher, is making himself available to continue to lead the Strategic Decisions Task Group in 2020.

In the opinion of the Swiss National Library the IIPC consortium should serve as a technologically well aligned competence centre for web archiving. In concrete terms, this means a forward-oriented strategy with anticipation of future developments (e.g. related tools, preservation practices, metadata, big data) as well as cooperation or partnership with R & D entities and other organizations working in the field of web archiving.

IIPC Steering Committee Election 2020: Call for nominations

The nomination process for IIPC Steering Committee is now open.

The Steering Committee is the executive body of the IIPC, currently comprising 15 member organisations, that take a leadership role in the high-level strategic planning, development and management of programs, policy creation, overall administration, and contribution to IIPC Portfolios and other activities.

What is at stake?

Serving on the Steering Committee is an opportunity for motivated members to help guide the IIPC’s mission of improving the tools, standards and best practices of web archiving while promoting international collaboration and the broad access and use of web archives for research and cultural heritage. Steering Committee members are expected to take an active role in leadership, contribute to SC and Portfolio activities, and help guide and administer the organisation.

Who can run for election?

Serving on the Steering Committee is open to any current IIPC member and we strongly encourage any organisation interested in serving on the Steering Committee to nominate themselves for election. SC members are elected for three years and meet twice a year in person, once during the General Assembly and once in September or October (online participation is available). Face-to-face meetings are supplemented by two teleconferences plus additional ones as required.*

Please note that the nomination should be on behalf of an organisation, not an individual. Once elected, the member organisation designates a representative to serve on the Steering Committee. The list of current SC member organisations is available on the IIPC website.

How to run for election?

All nominee institutions, both new and existing members whose term is expiring but are interested in continuing to serve, are asked to write a short statement (max 200 words) outlining their vision for how they would contribute to IIPC via serving on the Steering Committee. Statements can point to past contributions to the IIPC or the SC, relevant experience or expertise, new ideas for advancing the organisation, or any other relevant information.

All statements will be posted online and emailed to members prior to the election with ample time for review by all membership. The results will be announced in February and the three-year term on the Steering Committee will start on 1 June.

Below you will find the election calendar. We are very much looking forward receiving your nominations. If you have any questions, please contact the IIPC Programme and Communications Officer (PCO).


Election Calendar

  •  26 November to 17 January: Nomination period. IIPC Designated Representatives are invited to invited to nominate their organisation by sending an email including a statement of up to 200 words to the IIPC PCO.
    IIPC Programme and Communications Officer.
  • 20 January: Nominees statements are published on the Netpreserve Blog and Members mailing list. Nominees are encouraged to campaign through their own networks.
  • 21 January to 10 February: Members are invited to vote online. An online voting tool will be used to conduct the vote. The PCO will monitor the vote, ensuring that each organisation votes only once for all nominated seats and that the vote is cast by the organisation’s official representative.
  • 14 February: Voting ends.
  • 17 February: The results of the vote are announced officially on the Netpreserve blog and Members mailing list.
  • 1 June: end/start of SC members terms. The newly elected SC members start their term on the 1st of June but are invited to attend their first SC meeting, either in person or by teleconference, after the GA in Montreal on 14 May 2020.


* This arrangement may be amended in the new consortium agreement which will be in place from 2021.

Discretionary Funding Program Launched by IIPC

By Jefferson Bailey, Internet Archive & IIPC Steering Committee

IIPC is excited to announce the launch of its Discretionary Funding Program (DFP) to support the collaborative activities of its members by providing funding to accelerate the preservation and accessibility of the web. Following the announcement to membership at the recent IIPC General Assembly in Zagreb, Croatia, the IIPC DFP aims to advance the development of tools, training, and practices that further the organization’s mission “to acquire, preserve and make accessible knowledge and information from the Internet for future generations everywhere, promoting global exchange and international relations.”

The inaugural DFP Call for Proposals will award funding according to an application process. Applications will be due on September 1, 2019 for one-year projects starting January 1, 2020 or July 1, 2020. The program will grant awards in three categories:

  • Seed Grants ($0 to $10,000) fund smaller, individual efforts, help smaller projects/events scale up, or support smaller-scope projects.
  • Development Grants ($10,000 to $25,000) fund efforts that require meaningful funding for event hosting, engineering, publications, project growth, etc.
  • Program Grants ($25,000 to $50,000) fund larger initiatives, either to launch new initiatives or to increase the impact and expansion of proven work or technologies.

The IIPC has earmarked a significant portion of its reserve funds and of income from member dues to support the joint work of its members through this program. Applications will be reviewed by a team of IIPC Steering Committee members as well as representatives from the broader IIPC membership. Our hope is that the IIPC DFP serves as a catalyst to promote grassroots, member-driven innovation and collaboration across the IIPC membership.

Please visit the IIPC DFP page (http://netpreserve.org/projects/funding/) for an overview of the application process, links to the application form and a FAQ page, and other details and contact information. We encourage all IIPC members to apply for DFP funding and to coordinate with their peer member on brainstorming programs to advance the field of web archiving. The DFP team intends to administer the program with the utmost equity and transparency and encourages any members with questions not answered by online resources to post them on the dedicated IIPC Slack channel (#projects at http://iipc.slack.com) or via email projects[at]iipc.simplelists.com.

Quebec Websites: A Decade of Harvesting

This year Bibliothèque et Archives nationales du Québec (BAnQ) celebrates their 10th anniversary of archiving Québec websites. We are delighted to announce that BAnQ will be hosting the next IIPC General Assembly and Web Archiving Conference. The events will be held on 11-13 May 2020.

By Martine Renaud, Librarian, Legal Deposit and Acquisitions Department at Bibliothèque et Archives nationales du Québec 

About Bibliothèque et Archives nationales du Québec
At once national library, national archives and public library of a major metropolitan city, Bibliothèque et Archives nationales du Québec (BAnQ) brings together, preserves and promotes heritage materials from or related to Quebec.

In 2009, after several years of work and reflection, BAnQ began to harvest and archive Québec websites. As discussed in an article on BAnQ’s blog (in French), these heritage materials are often volatile and ephemeral. Harvests were initially carried out as part of a pilot project.

BAnQ takes a selective approach to Web harvesting. A number of factors make it difficult to thoroughly harvest the Quebec Web, including the size of the body of materials to be collected, given BAnQ’s limited resources, the legal constraints, i.e., the requirement to obtain a license granting permission from the Web Producer or other copyright owners to make their site accessible and finally context, because Quebec does not have its own domain name.

In the news in 2009 
The reach of these first harvests was modest: about 25 government organizations, chiefly ministries.

Looking at the sites collected in 2009, what do we see? Obviously, they reflect what was topical at the time. In 2009, much attention was paid to the influenza epidemic. Does anyone still remember the infamous H1N1 virus? A major vaccination campaign was underway during the winter of 2009, and the Quebec government had a website dedicated to this topic:

The Pandémie influenza website, which is no longer in existence. 

On the Quebec Ministry of Finance website, a number of documents dealt with the effects of the 2008 global financial crisis on Quebec’s economy:

Quebec Ministry of Finance website, 2009.

Still in the news today
While the flu pandemic and the economic crisis are presumably behind us, some news items from 2009 are still topical today. In 2009, reports submitted as part of the Bouchard-Taylor Consultation Commission on Accommodation Practices Related to Cultural Differences were available on the Commission website:

Website of the Bouchard-Taylor Consultation Commission, which no longer exists.

The website is not online anymore, and yet cultural differences and accommodations are still in the news today.

The Quebec National Assembly
Quebec’s National Assembly website also provides interesting historical perspectives. It includes a page dedicated to Quebec’s current Premier, François Legault, who at the time was simply an elected member of the Parti Québécois. As Premier, he is now leader of the Coalition Avenir Québec, a party he co-founded in 2011.

Quebec Web harvests since 2009
Ten years later, harvests have become more numerous. They are broader in scope and much more diverse, with BAnQ’s reach now extending beyond government websites.

The following table compares the 2009 harvests and those carried out as of March 1, 2019:

2009 2009-2019
Number of harvests 16 12,823
Number of organizations whose website is made available 25 1,295
Documents harvested 17,026,257 149,647,697
Total size of archives (terabytes) 0.90 31

It is interesting to see how the use of images, and audio and video materials, has increased:

2009 2009-2019
Type of documents harvested Number Size (Gb) Number Size (Gb)
HTML pages 15,073,735 306 122,146,682 4,967
Images 1,275,183 49 18,159,220 1,454
Applications (PDF, Word, Excel, etc.) 644,117 526 5,702,995 3,695
Video materials 17,009 19 1,309,413 20,288
Audio materials 7,458 4 79,660 320
Other 8,755 0.01 2,249,727 235

Proliferating applications are a major challenge for institutions that harvest websites. BAnQ relies on Heritrix.

Contents to explore and to work with
Since 2009, harvests have progressively widened their scope. They now provide a number of corpuses of interest to researchers, particularly in the digital humanities field. Websites dealing with Quebec provincial elections in 2012, 2014 and 2018 have been harvested (major parties, political blogs, news sites, etc.). The municipal elections of 2013 and 2017 have also been covered. In addition, we harvest what are known as “thematic” (i.e. non-governmental) sites: cultural organizations (museums, libraries, and archives), community organizations, professional associations, regional newspapers, and so on.

Websites harvested by BAnQ can be accessed through an interface. Interested researchers may also access the data directly on request.

The WARC file format celebrates its 10th anniversary

By Sara Aubry, Web Archiving Project Manager at BnF

The WARC format is our Web ARChives format. It defines a way for combining digital resources into an aggregate archival file along with related metadata.It is today commonly used to store web crawls. For new comers, a WARC file is made of one or multiple records. Each record consists of a header followed by a content block. The header has mandatory named fields that document for instance the URI, the date, the type and the length of the record.The content block may contain resources in any format such as an HTML page,a binary image or a video file. WARC is an extension of the ARCfile format designed by the Internet Archive in 1996.The WARC format was initially released as an ISO international standard 10 years ago, in May 2009, under the number 28500:2009 (we also call it WARC version 1.0). The standardization opened the path to a wider use and implementation in a variety of applications for harvesting,accessing, mining, exchanging and preserving digital resources. While it represents the unique standard format for web archives, it has been adopted beyond the web archiving community to store born-digital or digitized materials.

As with all ISO standards, the WARC standard is periodically reviewed to ensure that it continues to meet the changing needs that emerge from our practice. The first revision, supported by an IIPC task force and the subcommittee in charge of technical interoperability within ISO information and documentation technical committee (ISO/TC46/SC4),was published in August 2017 as ISO28500:2017 (it is also  known as WARC version 1.1). This revision mainly introduced new named fields for deduplication and the possibility to have more precise timestamps (See IIPC GitHub for more details).

During the last IIPC general assembly that took place in November 2018 in Wellington, we started to discuss possible evolutions for the second revision. The ISO vote which is required to launch the revision process is currently scheduled for 2022. Alex Osborne from the National Library of Australia challenged the format to support the HTTP/2 protocol. Ilya Kremer presented Rhizome current implementation for recording provenance headers to indicate that a record has been created from another record and not from the original URL. Ilya also presented a need to keep track of dynamic history of a web page display. Exchanges continued and are still alive on IIPC GitHub and Slack (#warc channel). Hot topics are currently related to how to keep track of media (in particular video and audio files) conversion and how to reference a “transcluded” video or audio file from another page.

All these topics need time for raising awareness, in-depth discussions, shared testing and tool implementation within our community before they can be drafted and included in the standard.If you want to join the current discussions or raise any other topic, please join IIPC #warc channel on Slack.

Contribute to CDG’s AI Collection!

By Tiiu Daniel, Web Archive Leading Specialist, National Library of Estonia

“Trurl” by Daniel Mróz, from The Cyberiad by Stanisław Lem (Wydawnictwo Literackie, Kraków, 1972). Illustration copyright © 1972 Daniel Mróz. Reprinted by permission.

After significant breakthroughs at the end of the 20th and at the beginning of 21st centuries, artificial intelligence (AI) has played a greater role in our daily lives. Although AI has a huge positive impact on a variety of fields such as manufacturing, healthcare, art, transportation, retail and so on, the use of new technologies also raises ethical issues as well as security risks. One critical and hotly debated issue is the impact of ongoing automation on labor markets, to include changing educational requirements for jobs, job elimination, and various models for transitions.

The IIPC Content Development Group invites curators and web archivists around the world to contribute websites to a new “Artificial Intelligence” web collection.

The purpose of this collection is to bring together and record web content related to use of AI and its impact on any possible aspect of life, reflecting attitudes and thoughts towards it, future predictions etc.

The content can be in any language focusing on specific countries or cultures or have a global scope.

We especially welcome contributions from underrepresented countries, cultures, languages and other groups, or those countries without IIPC members. Curators currently building AI related collections at their own institutions are welcome to contribute their seeds (matching below criteria) to aid in the development of a collection with an international perspective.

The collection aims to cover the following subtopics:

  • Machine learning, natural language processing, robotics, automation;
  • AI in literature, visual arts (e.g. ceramics, drawing, painting, sculpture, design, photography, filmmaking, architecture) and performing arts (e.g. theater, public speech, dance, music etc.); AI in emerging art forms;
  • AI and law/legislation;
  • Social and economic impact (e.g. impact on behavior/interaction, bias in AI, unemployment, inequality, changes in labor markets);
  • Ethical issues (e.g. weaponization of AI, security, robot rights);
  • Future predictions/scenarios concerning AI.

Types of web content to include are personal forms such as blogs, forum posts, and artist websites; trend reports, statements, and analyses (i.e. from government agencies, NGOs, scientific or academic institutions, advocacy groups, businesses).

Time frame covered by content: from the 1990s onwards.

Out of scope are: full social media feeds and channels (Facebook, twitter, Instagram, YouTube, WhatsApp), user’ video channels (YouTube, Vimeo), apps and other content which is difficult or impossible to crawl.

That said, if you locate individual social media posts of unique value, such as an Instagram post by a bot or a particularly relevant and ephemeral individual video, please submit them for consideration.

Nominations are welcomed using the following form.

The call for nominations will close on the 30th of June 2019. Crawls will be run during the summer 2019. Collection will be made available at the end of 2019.

 For more information about this collection, contact Tiiu Daniel (tiiu.daniel[at]nlib.ee).

Lead-Curators of CDG Artificial Intelligence Collection
Tiiu Daniel, Web Archive Leading Specialist, National Library of Estonia
Liisi Esse, Ph.D. Associate Curator for Estonian and Baltic Studies Stanford University Libraries
Rashi Joshi, Reference Librarian /Collections Specialist, Library of Congress

CDG Co-Chairs
Nicola Bingham, Lead Curator Web Archiving, British Library
Alex Thurman, Web Resources Collection Coordinator, Columbia University Libraries

Contribute to CDG’s Climate Change Collection!

By Kees Teszelszky, Curator Digital Collections, Koninklijke Bibliotheek – National Library of The Netherlands and Lead Curator, CDG Climate Change Collection

Climate change is one of the most urgent and hotly debated issues on the web in recent years. The IIPC Content Development Group is inviting all curators and web archivists from around the world to contribute websites to a new collaborative “Climate Change” collection.

Breiðamerkurlón, Iceland

In recent decades there is has been strong evidence that the earth is experiencing rapid climate change, characterized by global temperature rise, warming oceans, shrinking ice sheets, glacial retreat, decreased snow cover, sea level rise, declining arctic sea ice, extreme weather events, and ocean acidification. Ninety-seven percent of climate scientists agree that these climate-warming trends over the past century are very likely due to human activities, and most of the leading scientific organizations worldwide have issued public statements endorsing this position (source: climate.nasa.gov/evidence). Global and local action to mitigate this crisis has been complicated by political, economic, technical, cultural, and religious debates.

Many people feel the urge to reflect on this topic on the web. We would like to take an international snapshot of born digital culture relating to documentation of and social debate on the challenging issue of climate change. You can contribute to this collection by nominating web content about any aspect of climate change, and the content can be focused on specific countries or cultures or have a global focus, and can be in any language.

We especially welcome contributions from underrepresented countries, cultures, languages and other groups, or those countries without IIPC members. Curators currently building climate change related collections at their own institutions are welcome to contribute their seeds (matching below criteria) to help us build a collection with an international perspective.

Examples of subtopics might include climatology, climate change denial, climate refugees, religious reflections on climate change, etc. Eligible types of web content include organizational reports or statements (i.e. from government agencies, NGOs, scientific or academic institutions, advocacy groups, political parties/platforms, businesses, religious groups) or more personal forms such as blogs or artistic projects.

Out of scope are: social media feeds (Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, YouTube channels, WhatsApp), video (YouTube, Vimeo), apps and other content which is difficult or impossible to crawl.

Collecting seeds started on 1 April 2019 and more nominations can be added to this spreadsheet. Crawls will be run during the summer of 2019, to conclude shortly after the upcoming UN Climate Action Summit on 23 September 2019.

Organized by the IIPC and supported by web archivists around the world, the special web collection ‘Climate Change’ is one of the ways the IIPC helps raise awareness of the strategic, cultural and technological issues which make up the web archiving and digital preservation challenge.

For more information about this collection contact Kees Teszelszky for more details: kees.teszelszky[at]kb.nl