2016 Rio Games Collection – How to Get Involved!

By Helena Byrne, Assistant Web Archivist, The British Library

The International Internet Preservation Consortium (IIPC) would like your help to archive websites from around the world related to the Olympic and Paralympic Games.

The IIPC has members in 33 countries but there are over 200 countries competing in the games and we need your help ensure that these countries are represented in the collection.

IIPC World Map

What we want to collect:

Public platforms in various formats such as:

  • Websites
  • Articles
  • News Reports
  • Blogs
  • Facebook
  • Twitter

The subjects covered on these sites can vary from:

  • Sports Events
  • Athletes/Teams
  • Doping/Cheating and Corruption
  • Olympic/Paralympic Venues
  • Gender
  • Fandom
  • Environmental Issues
  • Zika Virus
  • General News/ Commentary
  • Computer Games (eGames)
  • Other

How to get involved:

Once you have selected the web pages you would like to see in the collection it only takes less than 5 minutes to fill in the submission form.



IIPC Chair Address

Dear colleagues,

As I’m starting my term as Chair of the IIPC for 2016-2017, I’d like to share a few thoughts on what is ahead of us for this year. 2016 is the year of a new start, with a new Consortium Agreement signed for 5 years and the new organisation based on three portfolios: Partnership and Outreach, Tools Development and Membership Engagement. Time has come to build on these solid foundations, laid thanks to the great leadership and vision that Paul Wagner, my predecessor in the Chair position, has provided to our Consortium during the past 18 months.

The tasks undertaken since the General Assembly in Reykjavik have already demonstrated the efficiency of this new work structure. We have taken on board your feedback from the breakout sessions. The Membership Engagement Portfolio Lead Birgit Nordsmark Henriksen, along with our Programme and Communication Officer, is now committed to make information about Members activities in the field of web archiving better available on a renewed website. The Tools Development Portfolio Lead, Tom Cramer, has outlined a list of suggested actions and is planning an open call in order to identify potential projects that may be started this year with the IIPC’s support. Finally, the Partnership and Outreach Portfolio Lead, Hansueli Locher, is gathering ideas on how to engage new members in the web archiving community but also new partners in other domains such as academic research, technology and web development.

In June, during their next phone meeting, your Steering Committee will endorse a one year strategic plan describing the main areas of activities that we want to work on and the actions that we plan to achieve until mid-2017. We are targeting concrete, short-term actions with deliverables that will demonstrate our commitment to move forward and make the IIPC an organisation that is relevant to its Members and to the web archiving community at large.

One of the key actions is the organisation of the 2017 General Assembly and Web Archiving Conference. It will be held in Lisbon, Portugal, on 27-31 March 2017. I would like to thank Daniel Gomes from FCCN (Fundação para a Computação Científica Nacional) for accepting to take the lead on the organisation of this event, with the help of the Conference Programme Committee chaired by Nicholas Taylor (Stanford University Libraries). We expect the General Assembly to be an opportunity for fruitful exchanges and discussions and an input to the following year’s strategic plan. Regarding the Web Archiving Conference, building on this year’s success, we aim at making it an open time to share the latest updates in the field, with a strong contribution from the researcher community.

In the meantime, exciting work is going on within the very active IIPC working groups, in particular the Preservation Working Group (PWG) chaired by Gina Jones (Library of Congress) and Tobias Steinke (German National Library) and the Content Development Working Group (CDG) led by Abbie Grotke (Library of Congress) and Alex Thurman (Columbia University Libraries). Both PWG and CDG are building on the impetus of the GA workshops in their forthcoming projects. The PWG are working on the Compatibility Initiative while the CDG are focusing on the 2016 Summer Olympics and Paralympics Collections as well as the planned online News Around the World project (CDG). Stay tuned for more updates.

Finally, I want to thank our new Officers, Olga Holownia our Programme and Communication Officer and Marie Chouleur our Treasurer, for a very efficient start in their new duties this year. The day to day activities of our Consortium rely heavily on their work and I know they are very committed to provide us with a reliable work environment.

I’m looking forward to the great work we’ll carry out this year together, building on the great skills and impressive experience that this Consortium has been able to pull together. Please feel free to contact me or the Steering Committee and Officers if you want to get involved and learn more about what’s going on.

Emmanuelle Bermès
Bibliothèque nationale de France
Chair of the International Internet Preservation Consortium

IIPC – Meet the Officers, 2016

The IIPC Officers include the Chair and Vice-Chair who are elected by the Steering Committee, the standing officers of Treasurer (based at the Bibliothèque nationale de France, BnF) as well as the Programme and Communications Officer (based at The British Library). The new IIPC Chair and Vice-Chair were elected during the General Assembly that took place in Reykjavík.


Emmanuelle Bermès, photo by Isabelle Jullien Chazal (BnF)
Emmanuelle Bermès, photo by Isabelle Jullien Chazal (BnF)

Emmanuelle Bermès is the deputy director for services and networks at National Library of France (BnF) since 2014. From 2003 to 2011, she worked in the digital libraries and digital preservation area, then moved into metadata management. From 2011 to 2014, she was in charge of multimedia and digital services at the Centre Pompidou (Paris, France).
In the course of her career, Emmanuelle has held a number of responsibilities at international level. She worked as an expert within Europeana and contributed to the design of the Europeana Data Model, before being elected to the Europeana Association Members Council in 2015. In 2010-2011, she was a co-chair of the Library Linked Data W3C incubator group. Member of the IFLA IT section since 2009, she initiated the creation of a Semantic Web special interest group (SWSIG) within IFLA. She became BnF’s representative within the International Internet Preservation Consortium (IIPC) in 2015, and was elected chair of IIPC in 2016.


Jefferson_BaileyJefferson Bailey is the director of Web Archiving Programs at the Internet Archive. He joined the Internet Archive in Summer 2014. Prior to joining IA, he worked on strategic initiatives, digital preservation, archives, and digital collections at institutions such as Metropolitan New York Library Council, Library of Congress, Brooklyn Public Library, and Frick Art Reference Library and has worked in the archives at NARA, NASA, and Atlantic Records. He has an MLIS in Archival Studies from University of Pittsburgh and a BA in English from Oberlin College. He once flew NASA’s Space Shuttle Simulator and caused, according to the flight engineer, “minor landing gear damage”. He has deaccessioned all records of this event from his personal archive.


Marie_ChouleurMarie Chouleur joined the National Library of France (BnF) in September 2015, becoming the head of Digital Legal Deposit. This service is responsible for collecting, preserving and promoting a large part of the National Library’s born-digital heritage: web archives, e-newspapers and e-books. She graduated from the École nationale des Chartes and the National Institute for Cultural Heritage (Institut national du patrimoine), obtaining a bachelor’s degree in literature and a master’s degree in history. Marie previously worked for the National Archives of France (Archives nationales) as a curator in charge of records related to environment, housing and town planning.

Programme and Communication Officer (PCO)

Olga Holownia, photo by Mira Mykkänen
Photo by Mira Mykkänen

Olga Holownia is the IIPC Programme and Communication Officer at the British Library in London. With a PhD in Icelandic and English studies she has a keen interest in research spanning the fields of comparative literature, translation, cultural literacy and digital humanities. Olga has experience working on a number of interdisciplinary digital projects at the University of Iceland as well as organising international cultural events.