IIPC Steering Committee Election 2018: nominations and results

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)


Nomination statements:

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 KB is currently a member of the Steering Committee and chair of the Membership Engagement Portfolio Group and would like to nominate itself for election of a new term in the Steering Committee.

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 Libraries 

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.

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IIPC Steering Committee election 2017

In response to the call for nominations to serve on the IIPC Steering Committee (2017-2020), six  IIPC member organisations have put themselves forward:

An election to fill the five vacant seats will be held from 10 April to 10 May. The IIPC member organisation’s official representatives will receive an email with instructions on how to vote. Each member will be asked to cast five votes. The representatives should ensure that they read all the nomination statements before casting their votes. The results of the vote will be announced on the Netpreserve blog and Members mailing list on 15 May.

If you have any questions, please contact the IIPC PCO.


Nomination statements (in alphabetical order):  

BIBLIOTECA NACIONAL DE ESPAÑA (NATIONAL LIBRARY OF SPAIN)

The Spanish Web Archive launched its web archiving project in 2009. It is one of the strategic projects of the National Library of Spain, having as its main goal the long-term preservation of the online documentary heritage.

Our position at the Steering Committee since 2013 provides cases of the day-to-day challenges that the National Libraries have to afford when starting projects of such a scope, along with the experience of implementing the legislation on non-print legal deposit.

The BNE has become an active member of the IIPC, and has shown its institutional commitment to promote web archiving and IIPC membership in Latin America. The National Library of Spain acts as an “ambassador” of the IIPC to the Spanish-speaking countries. Apart from Chile, that entered the IIPC in 2012, the BNE is in close contact with the National Library of Colombia for this purpose, as the latter asked the BNE for advisory to launch its own web archiving project. Our position in the Steering Committee will help to show the IIPC interest to promote IIPC web archives in Latin America.

The National Library of Spain (BNE), committed to the development of web archives over the world as a way to preserve the documentary heritage online, would like to stand for reelection to one of the seats of the IIPC Steering Committee.

 

BIBLIOTHECA ALEXANDRINA

In line with the Bibliotheca Alexandrina’s mission of being a center of excellence and in order to capture the marvels of the digital age, web archiving has been accorded a major importance amongst our various other digital endeavors. We started out in 2002 with a mirror of the Internet Archive’s 1996-2001 collection, which was later expanded to span approximately 10 years starting with 1996. Our current harvesting interest is Egyptian and Arab content. Working with big data is a real challenge and we always proved to be up to it. We like the thrill of capturing a snapshot of an ever-changing, very large-scale structure – the web. We believe in making software to make archiving the web more of a realizable thing. We believe one way the IIPC can help advance web archiving is through supporting efforts developing software for web archiving. This includes the access system (OpenWayback), capture tools, and web archive data analysis and manipulation tools.

 

COLUMBIA UNIVERSITY LIBRARIES

Columbia University Libraries joined the IIPC in 2011, and has been building web archive collections since 2008, notably on human rights. Devoted to web archiving collaboration, Columbia has hosted conferences and is the home for a joint Ivy Plus Libraries initiative to build shared web collections for ten large universities.

The respective mission statements of the IIPC and Columbia University commit to advancing knowledge through global exchange and international cooperation. The contrasting recent upsurge of nationalism, nativism and anti-intellectualism adds urgency to our work, and this tension is documented in the collections that IIPC members have built together on the European Refugee Crisis, World War I Commemoration, International Cooperation Organizations, and the Olympics.

Columbia’s IIPC representative is Alex Thurman (Web Resources Collection Coordinator), co-chair of the Content Development Group and member of the program committees for IIPC conferences in Reykjavik and London. Pamela Graham (Director of Global Studies) also contributes expertise in collection development and research use of web archives.

Columbia University Libraries now offers to serve on the Steering Committee to help ensure the continuity of the IIPC’s invaluable international cooperative effort and to advance with energy and commitment its portfolios of membership engagement, tools development, and partnerships/outreach.

 

KANSALLISKIRJASTO (THE NATIONAL LIBRARY OF FINLAND)

The National Library of Finland is a founding member of IIPC and archiving the Finnish web since 2006. It has been actively involved in many fields of international cooperation, for instance standardization, metadata, copyright matters and open science.

We need consortium level collaboration in many areas but we should also promote regional cooperation and cooperation between organizations sharing same kind of legal matters: copyright and personal data acts, shortcomings of legal deposit laws and restrictions of archiving.

If elected as a member of steering committee, we are willing to promote use of the archives in Nordic and Baltic countries and monitor web archiving related legislation in European countries and beyond. We are also willing to support new members from new areas to join the community.

Lassi Lager, the current IIPC representative, has worked for 14 years at the National Library of Finland, the last two years as Head of the Preservation Unit. Among the duties of his team are preservation, web archiving, electronic legal deposits, institutional repositories and URN resolver service. Earlier he has been working as collaboration coordinator, project manager and with many kinds of metadata issues. He has also earlier experience in international working groups and conference planning.

 

LIBRARY AND ARCHIVES CANADA / BIBLIOTHÈQUE ET ARCHIVES CANADA

LAC as the national Archives and National Library of Canada has a legal mandate to collect Internet resources of Canada. To that end LAC has had a web harvesting program for many years, and with the combination of all digital operations within one Branch in LAC in 2017, LAC is now putting greater and sustained emphasis on Canadian internet preservation. ‎

As part of its work on the Steering Committee LAC will work to expand participation into Latin America, and Asia, two important communities that need to be engaged in Internet preservation, and from which we can learn from. Through its participation in both the archival and library communities at the national and international level, LAC will work to increase the knowledge and understanding of the importance of internet preservation and the value of participating in a global consortium dedicated to such activities.

LAC looks forward to continued success of the IIPC’s activities, and is pleased to welcome the Steering Committee and the General Assembly to Ottawa in September 2017.

 

NATIONAL LIBRARY BOARD, SINGAPORE

The National Library Board of Singapore (NLB) promotes reading, learning and information literacy by providing a trusted, accessible and globally-connected library and information service through the National Library and a comprehensive network of Public Libraries. By forging strategic partnerships to cultivate knowledge sharing, the libraries also encourage appreciation and awareness of Singapore’s history through their wide range of programmes and collection on Singapore and regional content. As with all National Libraries, one of the core statutory functions is to preserve and promote national cultural heritage. NLB is in the process of revamping its NLB Act to include the archival of digital content about Singapore. We see Singapore playing a leading role to guide Asian libraries, especially Southeast Asia, in preservation of web content via the process of web archiving. In addition, we could coordinate and work with counterparts such as China, Japan and Korea National Libraries, to share what had been done in this area. NLB could start off by sharing its own development and progress in Web Archiving and Digital Preservation programme. We see that NLB could contribute as the voice for Asia and hence seek to continue as a Steering Committee member of IIPC.