News from our British Library partner on a new web archiving initiative.


For immediate release:


In acknowledgement of the importance of international collaboration for preserving internet content for future generations, the International
Internet Preservation Consortium was formed in 2003.

Led by the Bibliotheque nationale de France, the Consortium also comprises National libraries of Australia, Canada, Denmark, Finland, Iceland, Italy, Norway, Sweden, United Kingdom, The Library of Congress (USA) and the Internet Archive.

The Consortium has identified a number of key objectives which inform and shape its work. These include:

- collaborative working, within each country's legislative framework, to identify, develop and facilitate implementation of solutions for selecting, collecting, preserving and providing access to internet content;

- facilitating international coverage of internet content archive collections within national legal frameworks and in accordance with individual national collection development policies;

- international advocacy for initiatives that encourage the collection, preservation and access to internet content.

To achieve these objectives, the Consortium will:

- provide a forum for sharing knowledge about internet content archiving both within the Consortium and beyond;

- develop and recommend standards;

- develop interoperable tools and techniques to acquire, archive and provide access to web sites;

- raise awareness of internet preservation issues and initiatives through conferences, workshops, training events, publications, etc.

The detailed work of the Consortium will be carried out through working groups to define Policy, Requirements, Methods, Standards and Tools for Internet archiving. By this means projects will be developed and defined and will ultimately lead to the creation and provision of the necessary tools to fulfill the vision of universal coverage of internet archive collections.

More information can be found on the IIPC website:

Julien Masanès
IIPC Programme Officer

Bibliothèque nationale de France
quai François Mauriac
75706 Paris cedex 13
Office: 33(0) 1 5379 8117
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