Learning by doing and benefiting from a community of practitioners are key aspects of our approach to meeting the challenge of digital preservation. The International Internet Preservation Consortium is an organization that must also focus on practical solutions and quick action. The web is a huge distributed resource and is changing constantly so it takes an active and global effort to preserve it. If you are from a library, archive, museum or other cultural heritage organization that is planning for or collecting web archives, consider joining the IIPC in 2013.
In 2003, eleven national libraries and the Internet Archive established the IIPC to develop common tools and standards for web archiving and to encourage and support libraries, archives, museums and cultural heritage institutions everywhere to address Internet content collecting and preservation. Today the consortium includes over 40 members, all willing to share best practices, develop tools and resources for the global cultural heritage community, and preserve web collections. Learn more about the IIPC members and why they archive the web.
The IIPC is unique both in terms of its focus and its membership. The IIPC targets the preservation of web sites as a specific domain of digital content. This intense attention to a very specific and pervasive distributor for digital content has created a greater capacity to successfully address challenges. This focus has also contributed to greater interoperability of collections through the development and adoption of common tools and standards.
The IIPC has fostered the establishment of a world-wide web archiving community. It is the primary resource for organizations that are just starting web archiving programs, and also a venue for organizations with mature web archiving programs that want to advance the field.
On a global scale, members of the IIPC are committed to saving the contemporary knowledge, history and culture for the next generation. If your organization would like to participate on a local scale review the IIPC membership benefits and obligations and apply by November 30, 2012.