Web Archiving & Preservation Working Group

What is the Web Archiving & Preservation Working Group?

The Web Archiving and Preservation Working Group (previously the Web Archiving & Preservation Task Force) provides a forum for participants to share their experiences, establish common goals, and inform their own policy development. It provides a mutually supportive environment for continued programme and policy development for DPC members and a mechanism through which non-members can engage with the web archiving community.

Members of the Working Group will present organisational responses to emerging strategic challenges. In this way, it will be possible to identify more clearly gaps in provision, technology, and policy and to identify opportunities for collaboration. The Working Group does not develop policy but provides a framework for members to refine and develop their own approaches.

How can I get involved?

The  Web Archiving & Preservation Working Group is open only to current members of the DPC. If you come from a DPC member institution, simply register for upcoming meetings of the Working Group and come along to learn about web archiving at other institutions and contribute your own experiences and topics for discussion. If you are not a member of the DPC but have a vested interest in the capture and preservation of web content, you may be interested in joining the Coalition. We would be delighted to work with you! For more information about membership and how to apply, please visit our Join Us page.


The WAPWG Steering Committee meets regularly to gather needs and requirements from the wider DPC membership and set the agenda and focus for WAPWG meetings. Current members are as follows:

Chair: Garth Stewart

Deputy Chair: Paul Wheatley

Members: Meghan Lyon, Maria Ryan, Jason Webber, Sara Thomson, Tom Smyth, Claire Newing

Terms of Reference 

  WAPWG Terms of Reference v1.0

  WAPWG Steering Committee Terms of Reference v1.1

Previous Events

‘Archive of Tomorrow’ Lessons and Reflections: A Panel on Health (Mis)information in the Web Archive

General Meeting December 2021: Web Capture Workflows

General Meeting May 2021: Sustaining a web archiving programme

Social Media & Complex Content - January 2020

Webinar Series Winter 2020 (recordings available with Member log-in)

Hosted by Tate Britain - July 2019

Hosted by National Records of Scotland - November 2018

Hosted by National Library of Ireland - June 2018

Meeting Minutes

DPC Members please login to access minutes for Member-only meetings.

16 January 2020, National Records of Scotland, Edinburgh (Special Meeting on Social Media & Complex Content)


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