Let’s time travel with the IIPC!

IIPC has been organising its annual meetings for over 15 years. The first full Steering Committee meeting and the meetings of working groups were held in Canberra in 2004. The most recent General Assembly (GA) and Web Archiving Conference (WAC) were held Zagreb in June 2019. What started as a small get-together of web archiving enthusiasts from a dozen national libraries and the Internet Archive, has gradually become an important fixture in the web archiving calendar. We have been very fortunate that our members have volunteered to host the events in Singapore, The Hague, Washington D.C., Ljubljana, Stanford, Reykjavík, London, Wellington, Zagreb and Ottawa. The GA also returned to Canberra in 2008.


Due to Covid-19, this year we will not meet in person but we can time travel! While preparing for the next annual event hosted by the National Library of Luxembourg (15-18 June 2021), we will be trawling through the history of the GA and the WAC. We will be collecting, publishing and archiving memories from past events in a variety of formats, ranging from tweets, blog posts to a GA and WAC digital repository and bibliography. All new and older posts will be available in the “GAWAC” archive.

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We are starting from 2019, which was the first GA for Friedel Geeraert of KBR, The Royal Library of Belgium. This was also the first GA for the British Library web archivists Helena Byrne and Carlos Rarugal, the organisers of a workshop called “Reflecting on how we train new starters in web archiving”.

Abstracts from the 2019 presentations and slides are available on the conference website. You can also watch the keynote speeches and panel discussions on our YouTube Channel and browse through the photos on the IIPC Flickr. The 2019 GA and WAC were hosted by the National and University Library in Zagreb. The Croatian Web Archive (HAW), which last year celebrated its 15th anniversary, has launched its new interface earlier this year. You can browse the archive and the thematic collections at https://haw.nsk.hr/en.

Photo: Tibor God.

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