International Internet Preservation Consortium

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International Internet Preservation Consortium
Abbreviation IIPC
Formation July 2003 (2003-07)
Purpose Acquire, preserve and make accessible knowledge and information from the Internet for future generations everywhere, promoting global exchange and international relations.[1]

The International Internet Preservation Consortium is an international organization of libraries and other organizations established to coordinate efforts to preserve internet content for the future.[2] It was founded in July 2003 by 12 participating institutions,[1] and had grown to 35 members by January 2010.[3] As of March 2014, there are 48 members.

Membership is open to archives, museums, libraries (including national libraries), and cultural heritage institutions.[1][4]

Participating national libraries and archives include the Austrian National Library, National Library of Poland, Bibliothèque et Archives nationales du Québec, Bibliothèque nationale de France, British Library, National Library of the Czech Republic, German National Library, National Library of Israel, National Library of the Netherlands, Library and Archives Canada, National and University Library in Zagreb, National and University Library of Iceland, National and University Library of Slovenia, National Diet Library (Japan), National Library of Australia, National Library of Catalonia, National Library of China, National Library of Finland, National Library of Israel, National Library of Korea, National Library of New Zealand, National Library of Norway, National Library of Scotland, National Library of Sweden, Swiss National Library, and The National Archives (United Kingdom) and The Royal Library, Denmark.[5]

Other participating organizations include the University of California Digital Library, Hanzo Archives, Internet Archive, Internet memory, Institut national de l'audiovisuel, National Library Board of Singapore, Virtual Knowledge Studio of the Royal Netherlands Academy of Arts and Sciences, United States Government Printing Office, and University of North Texas Libraries.[5]

WebCite used to be, but is no longer, a member of the IIPC.[6] In a 2012 message, Eysenbach commented that "WebCite has no funding, and IIPC charges 4000 Euro/yr in membership fees."[7]

Web Curator Tool
Original author(s) National Library of New Zealand / British Library
Developer(s) Oakleigh Consulting
Initial release September 2006 (2006-09)
Stable release 1.5.1 / December 10, 2010; 4 years ago (2010-12-10)
Development status Active
Platform Java
Type Selective web harvesting
License Apache License V2.0


The IIPC sponsors and collaborates on a number of different projects with its member organizations.

Current projects[edit]

  • Memento: aggregate metadata of the IIPC archives and provide access to Memento.[8]
  • IIPC Web Archiving Doctoral Support Award: grant to provide three years of funding for a student to earn a PhD in Interdisciplinary Information Science at The University of North Texas College of Information.[9]
  • IIPC Member Staff Exchange: onsite training by experts for participating IIPC members to use Heritrix 3 web crawler.[10]
  • Working group on Statistics and Quality Indicators for Web Archiving: development of guidelines on the management and evaluation of Web archiving activities and products.[11]

IIPC also maintains an electronic mailing list open to anyone interested in issues associated with web harvesting, archiving, and quality maintenance issues.[12]

Past projects[edit]

IIPC sponsored a project on "cross-archival search strategies" which included the creation of an archive focused on the 2010 Winter Olympics.[13]

Starting in 2006, the National Library of New Zealand and the British Library developed the Web Curator Tool, an open source workflow management system for selective web archiving.[14] Version 1.6 was released on December 5, 2012, and is available at SourceForge.[15] The Web Curator Tool is built upon Java technologies such as Apache Tomcat, the Spring Framework and Hibernate, and Internet Archives technologies such as the Heritrix web archiving crawler, the NutchWAX web archive full-text search engine and the Wayback Machine.[16]


  1. ^ a b c "Mission". International Internet Preservation Consortium. 2004–2008. 
  2. ^ "International Internet Preservation Consortium" (Press release). International Internet Preservation Consortium. May 5, 2004. 
  3. ^ "Web Archives Registry Launched". News & Events. Library of Congress. January 29, 2010. Retrieved 2011-04-17. 
  4. ^ Hiiragi, Wasuke; Shigeo Sugimoto; Tetsuo Sakaguchi. "Web archiving in the world - International Internet Preservation Consortium (IIPC) and their activities". The Journal of Information Science and Technology Association (Japan) 58 (8). 
  5. ^ a b "Members". International Internet Preservation Consortium. 2004–2008. 
  6. ^ "WebCite Consortium FAQ". WebCite. 
  7. ^ "Twitter post". 2012-06-11. Archived from the original on 2013-03-10. Retrieved 2013-03-10. 
  8. ^ "Memento". International Internet Preservation Consortium. Retrieved 17 March 2014. 
  9. ^ "PhD Sponsorship". International Internet Preservation Consortium. Retrieved 17 March 2014. 
  10. ^ "Staff Exchange". International Internet Preservation Consortium. Retrieved 17 March 2014. 
  11. ^ "Statistics and Quality Indicators for Web Archiving". International Internet Preservation Consortium. Retrieved 17 March 2014. 
  12. ^ "Web Curators Mailing List". International Internet Preservation Consortium. Retrieved 2014-03-17. 
  13. ^ "2010 Winter Olympics". California Digital Library. 2010. 
  14. ^ "Web Curator Tool". National Library of New Zealand. Retrieved 2011-04-17. 
  15. ^ "The Web Curator Tool Release History". SourceForge. Retrieved 2013-03-10. 
  16. ^ "British Library - Developing Enhancements to the Web Curator Tool". Oakleigh Consulting. Retrieved 2011-04-17. 

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