8 November 2018 | 09:30-16:00 Edinburgh | National Records of Scotland

The virtual conference of the Web Archiving & Preservation Task Force will resume at 14.00 GMT when the group re-convenes after a tour of National Records of Scotland.


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 National Records of Scotland, the meeting will progress issues raised at the last meeting, such as the creation of a communications and knowledge exchange platform and the formation of sub-groups around specific areas of interest.

You will also be able to join the meeting virtually via web conferencing. Instructions at the bottom of this page with a Member log-in.

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.

The Terms of Reference and Minutes from the last meeting (27 June 2018, Dublin) can be found on the DPC website (login required).

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


09.30 Welcome, tea & coffee

10.00 Meeting Opens & Introduction by Chair, Sara Day Thomson (DPC)

10.10 Welcome from Anne Slater, Interim Chief Executive of National Records of Scotland 

10.20 Review of Actions from Previous Meeting

10.30 Open Floor to Agenda Items

10.45 Comfort Break

11.00 Open Discussion Session 1

12.30 Lunch 

13.15 Tour of National Records of Scotland (NRS)

14.00 Show & Tell of Web Archiving at NRS by Garth Stewart (Web Archivist)

14.30 Open Discussion Session 2, tea & coffee

15.50 Set Date and Venue for Next Meeting

16.00 Meeting Closes

How to register?

This event is free and open to all Full and Associate DPC Members. Each institution may register up to 3 delegates. If you register and cannot make it, please let us know no later than Thursday 1 November.

DPC Members please login to register.

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