The 2018 IIPC Steering Committee (SC) elections featured 3 vacant seats. The KB (Netherlands), BnF (France), and UNT (United States) all had reached the end of their prior three-year terms. The period for IIPC members to nominate themselves for election to the SC was opened on December 1, 2017 and ran until March 25, 2018. During the nomination period, three nominations were submitted, by KB, BnF, and UNT. Thus, unlike prior years, no election process is necessary since the expiring members were the only three to nominate to fill the three vacancies. Congratulations and thanks to KB, BnF, and UNT for their long service on the SC and their willingness to continue to serve another term. In 2019, the Steering Committee will have 5 (or potentially 6) spaces open up for election and we encourage any members interested in joining the SC for the first time and contributing to the management and strategic direction of the organization to nominate themselves. The SC meets in early April at DNB (Germany). Be on the lookout for reports on outcomes from that upcoming meeting.
Jefferson Bailey (current Chair, IIPC SC)
Bibliothèque nationale de France / The National Library of France
The National Library of France (BnF) started its web archiving programme in the early 2000s and now holds an archive of nearly a petabyte. We use and share expertise about key tools for IIPC members (Heritrix 3, OpenWayback, NetarchiveSuite, webarchive-discovery) and contribute to the development of several of them. We have developed BCweb, an application for seeds selection and curation by librarians which is being open sourced.
The BnF has been involved in IIPC since its beginning and remains firmly committed to the development of a strong community, in order to sustain these open source tools and to share experiences and practices. We have attended, and frequently actively contributed to, general assembly meetings, workshops and hackathons, and most IIPC working groups, in particular Preservation and Collections Development. We are also involved in the new Training working group. Finally, we have invested effort in making the WARC format an ISO standard and will continue to work on its evolution. Our participation in the steering committee, if continued, will be focused on making web archiving a thriving community, engaging researchers in the study of web archives and developing strong archiving strategies for all kinds of web content, including social media.
Koninklijke Bibliotheek / National Library of the Netherlands
The Netherlands were one of the early adopters of the Internet: in fact the 3rd website worldwide was from the Dutch National Institute for Subatomic Physics. The KB started in 2007 collecting websites based on selective harvesting. Currently we harvest around 13.000 websites. Due to copyright reasons, the web sites can only be seen on the premises. Collaboration with other Dutch organizations will improve the coverage of the preserved Dutch national web. In the nationwide Dutch “Network Digital Heritage” we work together on various projects with both GLAM institutions as well as researchers and suppliers of web archiving services to improve the web archiving of the Dutch web. The KB is looking forward to bring this experience to the IIPC and to develop plans to make new connections between the members of IIPC and with other organizations related to the field of creating web collections, web publications, researchers, tool development and digital preservation.
The University of North Texas (UNT) Libraries is interested in serving another term on the IIPC Steering Committee. As a library that serves a Tier One university and a student population of 38,000 students, we are committed to providing a wide range of resources to researchers. Of these resources, we believe that the preservation of and access to Web archives is an important component. We began capturing websites in 1997 and joined the IIPC in 2007. We find great benefit in participating with an international community dedicated to preserving the Web.
In the last decade, we participated in working groups and served on the steering committee for a number of years. We actively participated in such projects as tool development and maintenance for Open Wayback and Heritrix with UNT Libraries serving as project lead for the Open Wayback project. We participated in collaborative archiving projects including development of the URL Nomination Tool, and served as Steering Committee officers when requested.
If elected, the UNT Libraries will strive to collaborate with our fellow members and represent the best interests of the IIPC community to continue to move forward the preservation of the Web.