18 July 2019 | 10:00-16:00 London | Tate Britain


This gathering of the Web Archiving & Preservation Task Force (WAPTF) will provide an opportunity for delegates to discuss the web archiving and preservation topics important to their institutions, their collections, and their users. Hosted by Tate, the meeting will progress issues raised at the last meeting, such as the formation of sub-groups around specific areas of interest like social media.

Remote Joining

For those unable to attend in-person, the meeting will be accessible via Zoom using the following joining instructions:

DPC Members please log in to access instructions.

About the WAPTF

The Task Force was first formed in 2010 in an effort to coordinate national web archiving programmes. In recent years, however, new developments in web archiving have emerged and many more organisations have turned their attention to their own institutional requirements for managing and archiving their web records and collections.

'Web Archives' span a wide range of content types and describe many different types of records – from official government web records to large Twitter datasets for research. The revived Task Force aims to provide a forum for members to address all the diverse issues that arise when archiving web content for different purposes, with different audiences in mind.

Aiming to hold 2 to 3 in-person General Meetings each year, the Task Force's agenda items will be flexible to the needs of the membership and reflect issues as they arise. It is expected that attending organisations – as well as the delegates from those organisations – will vary depending on the topics on the agenda. All meetings will be open to all DPC members, regardless of previous participation.

Please send suggested agenda items to sara[dot]thomson[at]dpconline[dot]org.


Who Should Come?

Delegates from any DPC member institution currently archiving web content or planning to archive web content. This might include:

  • Web archivists or curators with responsibility for selecting, managing, and preserving web content
  • Archivists or curators who include, or are looking to include, web content as part of collections
  • Records managers who include, or are looking to include, web content as part of corporate records
  • IT specialists or software developers building, or looking to build, support for the collection and preservation of web content
  • Librarians, research support and research data and information specialists who support researchers and institutions using web content and web-based data
  • Managers, directors, and policy-makers responsible for fulfilling institutional mandates and policies for preserving web content


Draft Programme

10.00 Registration, Tea & Coffee
10.30 Meeting Opens & Introduction by Chair, Sara Day Thomson (DPC)
10.40 Tate Welcome
10.50 Review of Previous Meeting, Chair
11.00 Open Floor to Agenda Items
11.15 Open Discussion Session 1: Small Group Breakout
12.15 Feedback to Big Group
12.45 Lunch
13.30 Tour of Tate Library and Archives
14.30 Tate Show & Tell: Intermedia Art by Patricia Falcao and Sarah Haylett
15.00 Intermedia Art Website Decommissioning Strategies, Fionnuala Cavanaugh (Tate)
15.15 Big Group Open Session (remaining items)
15.45 Actions & Next Steps
16.00 Close


How to register?

This event is free and open to all Full and Associate DPC Members. If you register and cannot make it, please let us know no later than Wednesday 10 July.

DPC Members please login to register.

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