International Internet Preservation Consortium (IIPC)

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The National Library of New Zealand is a member of the International Internet Preservation Consortium (IIPC) (external link) , which includes many national libraries, universities and other institutions around the world those are committed to preserving the web history and making it available for research.

IIPC for improving the tools, standards and best practices of web archiving

"The IIPC is a member ship organization dedicated to improving the tools, standards and best practices of web archiving while promoting international collaboration and the broad access and use of web archives for research and cultural heritage. Web archiving is the process of gathering up data that has been published on the World Wide Web, storing it, ensuring the data is preserved in an archive, and making the collected data available for future research. The WARC archival standard, the Heritrix crawler, and the WARC analytic tools are all products of IIPC working groups and projects and initiatives, and they make up the standard tools for archival web capture around the world." - IIPC website

Our involvement

The National Library of New Zealand Te Puna Matauranga o Aotearoa is a strong member of the international web archiving and digital preservation community. The Library began selecting websites in 1999 and the New Zealand Web Archive (external link)  has continued to grow with active development since 2005, reflecting New Zealand’s growing online cultural and historical presence. The National Library as a member of IIPC plays an active role in the Preservation Working Group (PWG) (external link) . The focus of the group is on policy, practices and resources in support of preserving the content and accessibility of web archives. The National Library has been involved in many of the IIPC projects over the years. The Web Curator Tool (WCT), a tool for acquiring web material is run as an IIPC based project.

IIPC General Assembly and Web Archiving Conference, Wellington 2018

IIPC 2018 logo (external link)

The National Library of New Zealand Te Puna Mātauranga o Aotearoa (external link)  is proud to be hosting the International Internet Preservation Consortium General Assembly (GA) and Web Archiving Conference (WAC) in Wellington, Aotearoa New Zealand in 2018 (12 -15 November).

This year IIPC is celebrating its 15 years as the premier international body fostering the development of web archiving tools, standards, practice and research.. For the first time in a decade, the IIPC’s annual web archiving conference is coming to Australasia, providing a rare opportunity for web curators, librarians, archivists, historians, humanists, researchers, developers, computer scientists and others interested in the preservation of world’s web heritage to come together at this international forum in the southern hemisphere.

The General Assembly will be held on 12 November 2018, followed by the Web Archiving Conference on November 13-15.


2018 IIPC Keynotes will take place from Tuesday, November 13 to Thursday, November 15 and feature speakers from the academic and professional spheres.

Dr Rachael Ka’ai-Mahuta is the first speaker. Rachael works at Te Ipukarea, the National Māori Language Institute at the Auckland University of Technolog (external link) y and will be looking at questions around self-determination as it applies to indigenous knowledge on the web.

The second keynote is from Wendy Seltzer, Strategy Lead and Counsel to the World Wide Web Consortium (external link) (W3C). Wendy will be exploring what it means for collecting institutions when “truth isn’t truth” and social networks claim sovereignty over the platforms from which they irregularly block users.

Day two will feature a plenary talk from Vint Cerf, Chief Internet Evangelist for Google. He will use his experience to offer some views on creating a digital preservation ecosystem for online resources.

In addition, there will be usual mix of presentations, workshops and tutorials, posters, and panels. There will also be a special public event on the Tuesday evening. You can check out all the details including registration information and link on the conference website. (external link)


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