IIPC Chair Address

Hello there,

I would like to take an opportunity to say how excited I am to be the Chair of the IIPC Steering Committee for 2020 working with a great set of officers. I have had the opportunity to be involved with this organization since my first General Assembly in Canberra, Australia in 2008. The involvement of the University of North Texas Libraries in IIPC has been rewarding and something that has allowed us to grow and feel more secure in our web archiving program over the years.

IIPC funded projects

This year we are off to a quick start for IIPC. We have announced the first round of recipients for the Discretionary Funding Program (DFP) that resulted in several awarded projects. The Steering Committee is excited to see the results of these projects that will be completed during the 2020 calendar year. In addition to the round of DFP projects that have already been awarded, we will be announcing the next round of funding opportunities at this year’s General Assembly in Montreal.

IIPC GA & WAC in Montreal

The annual General Assembly and Web Archiving Conference has become an event that many of us eagerly look forward to each year. I know that I find it to be my most professionally engaging conference and enjoy both the mental stimulation and connecting with friends and colleagues from around the world. This year looks to be an exciting program for the Web Archiving Conference and we are working to schedule the General Assembly time to make the most of the day we have together for IIPC business. I am grateful to the Bibliothèque et Archives nationales du Québec (BAnQ) and their organizing partners, Library and Archives Canada (LAC) and University of Toronto Libraries. I expect that this year’s conference will be a memorable one for all of us.

Consortium Agreement renewal

As you know the IIPC is a consortium of institutions with a similar set of goals to preserve and provide access to the web around the world. This consortium is organized and governed by an agreement that each member signs when they join IIPC. The current document has served us well over the years but it is time for us to rework this agreement to reflect changes that have occurred in the structure of IIPC, as well as to enable us to continue to grow and evolve as an organization. There is a sub-committee of the Steering Committee that is working to revise the consortium agreement, and we are planning to share this with the membership for review at this year’s General Assembly.

CLIR

One of the things that we will be incorporating into the new consortium agreement is the new relationship we have with the Council on Library and Information Resources (CLIR). As many of you will remember, we moved our financial oversite from the Bibliothèque nationale de France (BNF) in 2017 and have been exploring how this relationship can be beneficial to both organizations as time moves on. In the fall of 2019, the IIPC Steering Committee decided to further explore what opportunities exist for collaboration between CLIR and IIPC and we have started to incorporate existing tools such as CLIR’s MemberSuite that we are now using for our annual billing activities. In addition, we are in conversations to see how we can better cross-promote our activities and take advantage of resources that each of organizations bring to the table.

IIPC training materials

Another activity that I am happy to see being released is a set of training materials that have been developed to introduce the topic of web archiving to different audiences. This project was carried out as a collaboration between the IIPC Training Working Group and the Digital Preservation Coalition, who worked with us to help create the training modules. We are expecting to release this training material to the public shortly, so stay tuned.

Tools

There are many other activities of the IIPC that I could continue to enumerate here, including a project and contract to document the use of pywayback in large-scale web archive environments, which many of our member institutions operate. Another event that is happening in April is a Hackathon on Automated Quality Assurance that is being organized by the IIPC, University of North Texas Libraries, and the British Library, in collaboration with National Library of Australia and Library of Congress. This event will be both in-person at the British Library in London and at the University of North Texas in Denton, Texas. In addition to in-person participation, we encourage remote participation during the three-day event.

Collaborative collections

Collaborative collections led by our Content Development Working Group, have continued to be one of IIPC’s most successful outreach projects. The “Climate Change” collection has just been published on Archive-It and IIPC has teamed up with the Internet Archive to preserve web content related to the ongoing Novel Coronavirus (Covid-19) outbreak.

 

You can follow our activities on the IIPC website and Twitter. To subscribe to our mailing list, send an email to communications@iipc.simplelists.com.

 

Mark Phillips
Associate Dean for Digital Libraries at the University of North Texas (UNT)
IIPC Chair 2020-2021

IIPC – Meet the Officers, 2020

The IIPC is governed by the Steering Committee, formed of representatives from fifteen Member Institutions who are each elected for three year terms. The Steering Committee designates the Chair, Vice-Chair and the Treasurer of the Consortium. Together with the Programme and Communications Officer based at the British Library, the Officers are responsible for dealing with the day-to-day business of running the IIPC.

The Steering Committee has designated Mark Phillips of the University of North Texas Libraries, to serve as Chair and Paul Koerbin of National Library of Australia and to serve as Vice-Chair in 2020. Sylvain Bélanger of Library and Archives Canada continues in his role as Treasurer. Olga Holownia continues as Programme and Communications Officer and CLIR (the Council on Library and Information Resources) remains the Consortium’s fiscal host.

The Members and the Steering Committee would like to thank Hansueli Locher of the Swiss National Library for chairing the Consortium in 2019, his contribution to the day-to-day running of the IIPC, supporting tools strategy, and leading the work on shaping the future direction of the IIPC.


Mark PhillipsIIPC CHAIR

Mark Phillips is Associate Dean for Digital Libraries at the University of North Texas (UNT) in Denton, Texas. Mark has been involved with all stages in the development of the digital library access and preservation infrastructure at the UNT Libraries. The UNT Libraries’ Digital Collection manages over 2.8 million digital resources made available through the interfaces of The Portal to Texas History, the UNT Digital Library, and the Gateway to Oklahoma History. In addition to digital library infrastructure development, Mark has been involved in the web archiving activities at the UNT Libraries since 2004 including the 2008, 2012, and 2016 End of Term Web Archive activities and the development of the URL Nomination Tool. He has been active in IIPC since the UNT Libraries joined the Consortium in 2008 and has served as the UNT representative for the IIPC Steering Committee since 2015. Mark was IIPC Vice-Chair in 2019 and has been one of the Co-Leads of the Partnerships and Outreach Portfolio since 2016.

IIPC VICE-CHAIR

Paul Koerbin is the Assistant Director for Web Archiving and Government Publications at the National Library of Australia (NLA) in Canberra. In a variety of roles, he has been involved with the development, operation and management of the NLA’s web archiving program since its inception in the late 1990s. He was part of the team that developed one of the first workflow systems for selective web archiving (PANDAS – the PANDORA Digital Archiving System) first released in 2001 and later led the development of the Australian Government Web Archive initiative in 2014. He took a leading role in preparing the NLA’s input to the drafting of electronic legal deposit legislation which came into effect in February 2016. Paul has had a long association with the international web archiving community from presenting the Swiss Library Science Talk at CERN in 2004 to co-chairing the programme committee for the 2018 IIPC Web Archiving Conference in Wellington. Paul has a graduate qualification in library and information studies from the University of Tasmania and a PhD from Western Sydney University.

Sylvain BélangerIIPC TREASURER

Sylvain Bélanger is Director General of the Digital Operations and Preservation Branch for Library and Archives Canada since February 2014. In this role Sylvain is responsible for leading and supporting LAC’s digital business operations, and all aspects of preservation for digital and analog collections. Prior to accepting this role, Sylvain was Director of the Holdings Management Division since 2010, and previously Corporate Secretary and Chief of Staff for Library and Archives Canada. Library and Archives Canada is one of the founding members of the IIPC.

Passing the Torch

By Jefferson Bailey, Internet Archive

Dear IIPC Community,

As of January 1, 2019, my term as Chair of the IIPC came to a close. Having served as Chair since September 2017 and, prior to that, as Vice Chair from April 2016 (during the excellent leadership of Emmanuelle Bermès of BNF), I have seen the IIPC continue to grow and evolve. It has been a privilege to serve in these roles during this exciting time. While I will continue to serve as a regular Steering Committee (SC) member, I wanted to take this transitional moment to reflect on the successes and ongoing work of both the SC and the IIPC. The centrality of the web as a communication and publication platform only increases by the day and the work of the IIPC and its members becomes ever more critical in documenting history, preserving knowledge, and interrogating privilege and power. There is always more work to be done.

Before reflecting on recent progress and future directions, I want to give a big thanks to my co-Officers. Vice Chair Sylvain Bélanger of Library Archive Canada and Treasurer Tom Cramer of Stanford University Libraries both worked to advance IIPC’s mission and operations. As well, Program and Communications Officer Olga Holownia worked, and continues to work, tirelessly to support the overall activities of the consortium. Thanks go as well to the SC members that volunteer their time and to the many regular members that actively contribute to Working Groups (WGs), committees, portfolios, etc, and who keep the IIPC a dynamic forum for sharing knowledge and practices. Lastly, I look forward to the great team of new SC Officers, Chair Hansueli Locher of the Swiss National Library, Vice Chair Mark Phillips of University of North Texas, and Sylvain serving as Treasurer. The near-term future of IIPC is in good hands.

In my time as Vice Chair and Chair, IIPC has continued to add new members and expand its activities. Here is my reflection on areas of recent progress and further effort:

Areas of Recent Progress

A Maturing Organization

It is well known that IIPC faced many financial and operational difficulties related to the unforeseen inability of BNF to continue to provide financial and accounting support for IIPC in 2017, after many years of admirably providing this service for IIPC without recompense. We all owe thanks to British Library and to Olga for enabling the 2017 conference to happen, even in a moment of financial uncertainty. From crisis came positive change, as myself and Abbie Grotke of Library of Congress were able to arrange an agreement with the Council of Library and Information Resources (CLIR) to provide professional fiscal sponsor services for IIPC. CLIR is a wonderful supporter of the library community, has proven an excellent fiscal agent, and we are excited to establish this relationship and expect it to be a foundation for further collaborations.

Much work was also done by Officers to implement a suite of protocols and procedures around invoicing, member onboarding, financial tracking, vendor and expense payments, and other basic budgeting and organization management. Many of these processes were previously unenforced or nonexistent and caused a notable strain on IIPC’s limited staffing. Professionalization of finances and many operations should allow IIPC to focus more on its core mission – delivering member value and advancing preservation of the internet!

Premier Events

The past few years also featured improvements in the planning and management of the GA and WAC conference, including more seamless planning workflows, more budgetary autonomy for hosts, the exploration of sponsorships, registration fees, and event planning services, and other efficiency and sustainability approaches. The IIPC WAC continues to be the premier event for web archiving, and many attendees noted that the 2018 GA/WAC hosted by National Library of New Zealand was one of the best conferences so far. Proposal submissions, sessions, and attendance all continue to grow and the quality of the event remains superlative. The 2019 event at the  National and University Library in Zagreb, Croatia will continue the trend. Other workshops, forums, and programming also continued IIPC’s essential role in providing the best venue for discussion of web preservation and access issues.

Member Activity

A number of new initiatives, as well as growth in existing projects, signaled that member engagement and contribution remains high. From the new Training Working Group, to an extensive Member Engagement Survey, to the growing collaborative collections of the Content Development Group, to many other formal and informal activities, IIPC members remain active in the organization. We are hoping the stability mechanisms of the past few years have enabled even more ways for members to participate and contribute.

Areas of Further Effort

Organizational Maturity

Though, per above, great strides were made in professionalizing many activities, other areas of operations also need to evolve to account for IIPC’s growth and strategic aspirations. The challenges related the fiscal agent transition illuminated broader circumstances related to IIPC’s growth over the years – namely that critical operational and administrative functions can no longer be dependent on the the unpredictable contributions or internal decisions of individual member institutions. The model of member-contributed operational support made sense when IIPC was one or two dozen members. With over 50 members, a growing portfolio of activities, and nearly 200,000 EUR in annual member dues, IIPC has outgrown such an arrangement. All core functions of IIPC – from finances to operations to staffing – need to operate autonomously and independent of individual members to ensure a successful, ongoing provision and continuation of services and obviate conflicts of interest. There are many arrangements that can be pursued to support this self-sufficiency and IIPC is blessed with a large financial reserve that can help advance this effort. Work to achieve this self-reliance will no doubt be a focus of the SC in the coming years.

Scaling Participation

As I noted in my Chair’s address at the General Assembly, IIPC is poised to pivot to focusing on resiliency, member benefits, and strategic investment. I had fantastic conversations over the years with members about ideas for IIPC to deliver value to members via new activities and investments. As part of these conversations, I devised with feedback from SC, a “Discretionary Funding Program” (see link above) to invest a significant portion of IIPC’s reserve funds to support member-proposed and member-managed projects. Expect more news about this program soon.

IIPC also needs to invest resources to encourage a broader involvement of members in leadership positions. There is very little turnover in institutional representation on the SC. As well, Officer roles have also been held by an even smaller number of institutions historically, and there was no self-nomination for Chair during this year’s nomination period (thanks go to Hansueli for stepping up after the year started with the role vacant). To remain vibrant and reflective of its community, representation of more members is needed at the Steering, Officer, Working Group chairs, and other elected and self-nominated positions. Term limits, limitations on consecutive terms served by an institution, leadership stipends, more clearly defined expectations of service, or other formal or informal inducements are ideas that could bring fresh perspectives and new ideas to SC or WG leadership roles. Like with operations, IIPC’s governance needs to evolve and adapt to introduce new voices and vibrancy to our growing organization.

Member Diversity

The web is a global and, in some ways, borderless phenomenon. Yet one only need to look at the IIPC membership map to recognize that vast portions of the globe are underrepresented in IIPC and, likely, in the global web collection we are all working to build. As well, web preservation is increasingly a concern of institutions beyond just national libraries and research universities. There is surely momentum and engagement to be found in scaling IIPC membership and activities both vertically (inclusive of organizations of differing size, mandates, and missions) and horizontally (inclusive of underrepresented regions and nations). Building a truly global organization, as well as a diverse, inclusive preserved record of the web, will require participation far beyond North America and Europe. Subsidized membership rates, diversity scholarships or travel funding, and targeted partnerships, outreach, or participation tools  are just some ideas or activities that can started or scaled. I am excited to work with colleagues over the coming year to propose a number of ideas for improving diversity within IIPC.

In summary, I had four goals when assuming SC Officer roles: get IIPC’s house in order, improve operations, scale support of member-driven projects, and diversify membership and leadership. I think notable progress was made on three of those four and more time will allow diversity initiatives to gain traction. While some of this progress was behind-the-scenes or is soon-to-be-released, hopefully it has helped IIPC grow and thrive. The new leadership team will no doubt continue this trend.

Keep on crawlin’!

Jefferson Bailey
Internet Archive
IIPC Steering Committee

IIPC – Meet the Officers, 2019

The IIPC is governed by the Steering Committee, formed of representatives from fifteen Member Institutions who are each elected for three year terms. The Steering Committee designates the Chair, Vice-Chair and the Treasurer of the Consortium. Together with the Programme and Communications Officer (PCO, based at the British Library), the Officers are responsible for dealing with the day-to-day business of running the IIPC.

The Steering Committee has designated Hansueli Locher, Swiss National Library, to serve as Chair, Mark Phillips, University of North Texas, to serve as Vice-Chair and Sylvain Bélanger, Library and Archives Canada, to serve as Treasurer in 2019. CLIR (the Council on Library and Information Resources) remains the Consortium’s fiscal host.

The Members and the Steering Committee of the IIPC would like to thank Jefferson Bailey (IIPC Chair, September 2017 – January 2019 and Vice-Chair, April 2016 – September 2017), Internet Archive, Sylvain Bélanger (IIPC Vice-Chair, September 2017 – January 2019) and Tom Cramer (IIPC Treasurer, September 2017 – January 2019), Stanford University Libraries, for contributing their time and expertise to support the Consortium during their extended terms of office.

The nomination process for the IIPC Steering Committee is still open and five seats will become available as of June 1st 2019. IIPC Members are invited to nominate themselves by sending an email including a statement to the IIPC Programme and Communications Officer by March 1st 2019.


IIPC CHAIR

Hansueli LocherAfter being a teacher for several years Hansueli Locher decided to turn his hobby – computer science – into his profession. He worked at the Swiss Federal Statistical Office where he was responsible for database supported evaluations of statistical data. He also developed a library system and supervised information projects with strong IT-links. Since 2000 he is working at the National Library. As Project Manager “Archiving” he was responsible for the technical aspects of long-term preservation of digital objects. As Head of ICT Services he is now responsible for IT at the Swiss National Library and the Federal Office of Culture. Swiss National Library joined IIPC in 2007 and Hansueli has represented the Library in the Steering Committee since 2013. Hansueli has also been the Lead and is now one of the Co-Leads of the IIPC Partnerships and Outreach Portfolio and was on the Organising Committee for the General Assembly and the Web Archiving Conference in Wellington, New Zealand.

 

IIPC VICE-CHAIR

Mark PhillipsMark Phillips is Associate Dean for Digital Libraries at the University of North Texas (UNT) in Denton, Texas. Mark has been involved with all stages in the development of the digital library access and preservation infrastructure at the UNT Libraries. The UNT Libraries’ Digital Collection manages over 2.5 million digital resources made available through the interfaces of The Portal to Texas History, the UNT Digital Library, and the Gateway to Oklahoma History. In addition to digital library infrastructure development, Mark has been involved in the web archiving activities at the UNT Libraries since 2004 including the 2008, 2012, and 2016 End of Term Web Archive activities and the development of the URL Nomination Tool. He has been active in IIPC since the UNT Libraries joined the Consortium in 2008 and has served as the UNT representative for the IIPC Steering Committee since 2015. Mark has been one of the Co-Leads of the IIPC Partnerships and Outreach Portfolio and is currently the Portfolio’s Lead.

 

IIPC TREASURER

Sylvain BélangerSylvain Bélanger is Director General of the Digital Operations and Preservation Branch for Library and Archives Canada since February 2014. In this role Sylvain is responsible for leading and supporting LAC’s digital business operations, and all aspects of preservation for digital and analog collections. Prior to accepting this role, Sylvain was Director of the Holdings Management Division since 2010, and previously Corporate Secretary and Chief of Staff for Library and Archives Canada. Library and Archives Canada is one of the founding members of the IIPC.

Open letter by IIPC Chair

Dear colleagues,

As we are about to gather in London for a week of web archiving events, the time has come to greet our new members and new Steering Committee members.

This year, we are welcoming 4 new member organisations who have recently joined the Consortium: National Library of Ireland, Bibliotheksservice-Zentrum Baden-Württemberg (BSZ – Library Service Center Baden-Wuerttemberg), National Library of Luxembourg, and MirrorWeb Ltd. A warm welcome to them all. We hope to have the opportunity to meet them in person at the Web Archiving Conference in London.

Following up on the Steering Committee elections which took place last month, I’m also very happy to welcome 3 new members to the Steering Committee: Columbia University Libraries (Alex Thurman), National Library of Finland (Lassi Lager) and Bibliotheca Alexandrina (Yussef Salah). Congratulations to Library and Archives Canada (Sylvain Belanger) and National Library of Spain (Mar Pérez Morillo) who have been re-elected to serve for another 3 years. All will join the Steering Committee upcoming meetings, first virtually in June, then physically in September in Ottawa.

I would like, also, to thank very warmly the Steering Committee outgoing members: Birgit N. Henriksen from the Royal Danish Library, Svein Arne Solbakk from the National Library of Norway and Kenny Chan from the National Library Board of Singapore. Their engagement over the past years is much appreciated and we look forward to continuing to work with them in other web archiving activities.

Finally, please note that this year’s Web Archiving Conference is not combined with the annual General Assembly. GA 2017 will be held in Ottawa on 19 September. For more information, please contact the IIPC PCO.

I wish you a very fruitful Web Archiving Week in London and I look forward to meeting you there.

Emmanuelle Bermès, Chair of the IIPC

 

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.

Chair

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.

Vice-Chair

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.

Treasurer

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.

IIPC Co-Chair Cathy Hartman Retires

By Abbie Grotke, United States Library of Congress, and Birgit Nordsmark Henriksen, The Royal Library, Denmark

CathyHartmanThe IIPC is saying a fond farewell this month to Cathy Hartman from member institution University of North Texas Libraries. She is retiring from UNT at the end of December. More about her illustrious career can be found in this tribute to Cathy on the UNT website.

Since her institution joined the IIPC in 2008, Cathy has been a strong leader and participant in the activities of the consortium, serving as Chair of the IIPC Steering Committee in 2008, and more recently as co-chair in 2015, helping to lead an effort to rethink the organizational structure and focus of the organization. She’s had a particular interest in education and training opportunities for web archivists, and led an effort to form an Education Working Group to review and fund training proposals, including support for a PhD candidate. She was also one of the first members representing the unique perspectives of universities and colleges on the Steering Committee.

“In my tenure as Chair of the International Internet Preservation Consortium,” commented Paul N. Wagner from the Library and Archives Canada, “I have been privileged to have Cathy Hartman as my Vice-Chair. Cathy brought a sage and pragmatic approach to her dealings with the Consortium. Her wealth of experience coupled with her ability to develop and nourish personal relationships will be sorely missed. I will personally miss the opportunity to call her up and get a ‘dose of reality’ as we worked through the complexities of overseeing an International organization. While it may be true that ‘things are bigger in Texas,’ I can tell you that the IIPC Steering Committee table will feel a lot smaller without Cathy’s presence. So on behalf of the entire IIPC membership, I wish you all the best in this next chapter of your life.”

Before she departs, we took a few moments to ask Cathy some questions about her career in Web Archiving and her experiences in IIPC:

Q: How did you get involved in Web Archiving?
As a librarian, I specialized in government information in the 1990s and watched with interest as governments began publishing content on their websites in the mid 90s rather than printing. We also noticed that the websites just disappeared when an agency or commission closed, so I began capturing the sites before they closed and preserving them for access. We captured the first site in 1997. As we added to the collection of websites, the project became known as the CyberCemetery, where dead agency websites went for perpetual care.

Q: What is your fondest memory of an IIPC meeting?
My first IIPC meeting was in Canberra, Australia, where I immediately connected to this group of people. I discovered a group who agreed with my passion for preserving the content published on the web. Also, the representatives from around the world were all so welcoming and immediately made us feel a part of the organization. The programs, the group discussions, the ongoing work – I was totally on board. IIPC has, since that meeting, been my favorite professional organization.

Q: Which changes do you look at as the biggest changes in Web archiving over the years you have been involved?
Everything has changed since 1997. Sites then were simple, straightforward and easy to capture. Websites now are complex, multimedia, interactive. The growth and change of the web over that 18 year period is remarkable.

Q: What do you plan to do in retirement?
A little consulting, a bit of fundraising for an endowment for UNT’s digital programs, some travel, and anything else I find interesting along the way.

The authors of this post would like to add that we will miss Cathy very much at future IIPC meetings, both as a professional colleague working together to achieve IIPC goals, and personally, as a good friend. We have enjoyed our time working together and particularly her way of get things done — her calm demeanor, a heart as “big as Texas,” and her ability to always focus on the issues at hand by working collaboratively – these have all been an inspiration! While we doubt her travels will take her to our next meeting in Iceland, we all hope that our paths cross again in the near future.

IIPC Steering Committee - Paris

Open letter by IIPC Chair

Greetings IIPC Memebers,

I hope that your summer is going very well and that you are all able to take some time off to recharge and spend time with family and friends.  It is hard to believe that more than 3 months have passed since many of us were together at Standford University in Palo Alto for our 2015 General Assembly (GA)!

I want to take this opportunity to  once again say how impressed I was at the quality of the event.  Everything from the organization of the entire event to the excellent interactions that our members engaged in brought significant value to the week.

I want to focus in on the Member’s Day that we had at the Internet Archive offices.  At one point in the day, you were asked to break off into groups to discuss some of the important issues and challenges facing the IIPC in the near future.  The Steering Committee met on the Saturday following the GA to discuss how we can better serve you – our members – and to ensure that we focus our limited resources what brings the greatest value to the global Web Archiving community.  I want to assure you that YOUR feedback was taken very seriously and thanks to the leadership of Birgit Nordsmark Henriksen (Netarchive.dk) and Barbara Sierman (National Library of the Netherlands) the Steering Committee was able to distill your comments and input into 4 manageable work packages:

  1. Researcher Involvement
  2. Tools
  3. Connectedness
  4. Practicalities

Work on each of these elements has begun (thanks to dedicated teams looking at each individual area) and each group is coming prepared to our upcoming in-person Steering Committee meeting in September.  I will update you right after that meeting to let you know what you can expect from the IIPC in the coming year(s).

What I can tell you is that you can count on the IIPC continuing on being a robust and vibrant community and that your contributions will become even more important as we move forward.  Your Steering Committee remains commited to ensuring the value of Your membership to the Consortium.

I welcome any comments or questions at paul.wagner@bac-lac.gc.ca

Stay tuned for more updates in September.

PaulWagnerPaul N. Wagner, Chair, IIPC

Directeur général principal et DPI, Direction générale d’innovation et du Dirigeant principal de l’information – Senior Director General & CIO, Innovation and Chief Information Officer Branch

Bibliothèque et Archives Canada / Gouvernement du Canada – Library and Archives Canada / Government of Canada

IIPC – Meet the Officers, 2015

The IIPC is governed by the Steering Committee, formed by representatives of 15 member organisations who are each elected for three years.

The IIPC Officers include the Chair and Vice-Chair who are elected by the Steering Committee plus the standing officers of Treasurer and the Program and Communications team.

 They invest their expertise and more importantly their time to dealing with the day-to-day business of running the IIPC. The IIPC secretariat – so to speak – is based at the British Library  and the Bibliothèque nationale de France. At the BL the two Programme and Communication Officers ensure that the IIPC runs smoothly and that all of the projects and programs are completed. The BnF is the treasurer of the IIPC and oversees all financial transactions. One of the main tasks each year for the secretariat  is organising a successful annual General Assembly, this year hosted by Stanford University, California.

Chair

PaulWagnerPaul N. Wagner, Senior Director General, Innovation & Chief Information Officer, Chief Information Officer Branch, Library and Archives Canada

Paul Wagner is the Senior Director General, Innovation and Chief Information Officer for Library and Archives Canada.  In this role Paul provides the leadership for the Digital Agenda as it pertains to Canada’s Documentary Heritage.

Previous to this role Paul was Director General, Client Relationships and Business Intake Directorate, Projects and Client Relationships Branch, at Shared Services Canada (SSC).  In this role, Paul built the first enterprise Partnership Management function for technology in the Government of Canada.

Paul joined SSC from the Department of Justice (DoJ) where he held the positions of Chief Information Officer.  As CIO for the department, he developed and led an aggressive IM/IT transformation program.  Prior to that, Paul was the Chief Technology Officer at DoJ where he was responsible for all technology operations. Paul also held several leadership positions at Services Canada, Human Resources and Skills Development Canada and the Department of Public Works and Government Services Canada in the areas of Business Planning, Relationship Management and IT Product/Service Management.

Paul holds a B.A. with a major in Economics from McGill University and his MBA through the University of Ottawa’s Executive MBA program.

 Vice-Chair

CathyHartmanCathy Hartman is the Associate Dean of Libraries at the University of North Texas in Denton, Texas (University Profile).  Her interests have long been in digital libraries, collection building, and digital preservation.

She first began capturing U.S. government websites in 1997 as government agencies closed and their websites were taken down.  With this early start in web archiving, the University of North Texas (UNT) continued to capture such websites and joined the IIPC in 2007.

Hartman serves as the current Steering Committee co-chair, and served as chair of the IIPC Steering Committee in 2013.  UNT participates in many IIPC initiatives including Steering Committee membership, the Access Working Group, the new Collaborative Collections group, and the Education Committee.

Our Nomination Tool is offered for use by any IIPC member organization to support collaborative collection building, and UNT is currently contributing to the Open Wayback development effort.

 Treasurer

ClementOuryClément Oury is head of Digital Legal Deposit at the Bibliothèque nationale de France (BnF). This service is in charge of collecting and preserving a large part of BnF’s born-digital heritage: web archives, e-newspapers and e-books.

Clément Oury also serves as convenor of two ISO working groups (on the “WARC archiving file format” and on “Statistics and quality issues for web archiving”).

He is a graduate of the École nationale des Chartes and has a PhD in early modern history at the University of Paris-Sorbonne.

As Clément will be leaving the BnF and therefore the IIPC in 2015, the position of treasurer is in transition. To ease this situation Peter Stirling has agreed to be second in command and act as interim treasurer until the BnF has decided who is going to follow in Clément’s very competent footsteps.

 Interim-Treasurer

PeterStirlingPeter Stirling is a digital curator in the Digital Legal Deposit team at the BnF. He is responsible for services for users of the web archives, and is currently working on developing data mining services for researchers.

He also works on day-to-day web archiving activity and the international activity of the team in the context of the IIPC.

He holds an M.A. in English Literature and an M.Sc. in Information and Library Studies, and previously worked for an online information portal for health professionals in the UK and in online information monitoring for the French National Cancer Institute before joining the BnF in 2009.

Programme & Communication Officers

The PCOs both split their time evenly between Program and Communication for the IIPC and Engagement and Liaison for the UK Web Archive. 

JasonWebberJason Webber is Web Archiving Engagement & Liaison Manager at the British Library in London. He is responsible for bringing the UK Web Archive to as wide an audience as possible as well as finding and maintaining partnerships and co-operation in research and technology.

 Previously he has worked on various collections based digital projects at the Museum of London and as a Web Content Manager at the Natural History Museum, London.

SabineHartmannSabine Hartmann is Web Archiving Engagement & Liaison Officer at the British Library in London. During her career Sabine has worked in museum, archives and heritage organisations in Germany, Belgium and the Netherlands before moving to the UK in 2014.

With a Master’s degree in History of Art and Archaeology she has a keen interest in digital applications and research connecting history and ICT. Sabine has managed various heritage projects including geo-location apps and websites, oral history and other heritage websites.