Get Involved in Web Archiving the War in Ukraine 2022

By Kees Teszelszky, Curator Digital Collections, National Library of the Netherlands & Vladimir Tybin, Head of Digital Legal Deposit, National Library of France

On February 23, 2022, the armed forces of the Russian Federation invaded Ukrainian territory, annexing certain regions and cities and carrying out a series of military strikes throughout the country, thus triggering a war in Ukraine. Since then, the clashes between the Russian military and the Ukrainian population have had unprecedented repercussions on the situation of the civilian population and on international relations. 

IIPC-CDG-collaborative-collectionsWhat we want to collect

This collaborative collection aims to collect web content related to this event in order to map the impact of this conflict on digital history and culture.

This collection will be built through the following themes: 

  • General information about the military confrontations
  • Consequences of the war on the civilian population
  • Refugee crisis and international relief efforts
  • Political consequences
  • International relations
  • Diaspora communities – Ukrainian people around the world 
  • Human rights organisations 
  • Foreign embassies and diplomatic relations
  • Sanctions imposed against Russia by foreign powers
  • Consequences on energy and agri-food trade
  • Public opinion: blogs/protest sites/activists

The list is not exhaustive and it is expected that contributing partners may wish to explore other sub-topics within their own areas of interest and expertise, providing that they are within the general collection development scope.

Out of scope

The following types of content are out of scope for the collection:

  • Data-intensive audio/video content (e.g. YouTube channels)
  • Social media platforms
  • Private member forums, intranets, or email (non-published material)
  • Content identifying vulnerable people and compromising their safety

How to get involved

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

For the first crawl, the call for nominations will close on July 20, 2022.

For more information and updates, you can contact the IIPC Content Development Working Group team at or follow the collection hashtag on Twitter at #iipcCDG.


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