27 June 2018 | 12:00-17:00 Dublin | National Library of Ireland


This will be the first reconvened meeting of the Web Archiving & Preservation Task Force where participants will discuss and agree on the new Terms of Reference and commence discussions on the topics important to their institutions, their collections, and their users.

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. This revived Task Force aims to provide a forum for members to addresses all the diverse issues that arise when archiving web content for different purposes, with different audiences in mind.

Aiming to meet in person (with a web conferencing option) twice a 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 members, regardless of previous participation.  

The revised Terms of Reference are currently open for comment. Although the Terms of Reference will be revisited and revised as necessary, please consider providing any feedback in advance of the meeting in June. 

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

Agenda Outline

12.00 Meet & Greet: sandwich lunch, tea and coffee will be provided

12.45 Introduction by Sara Day Thomson

13.00 Welcome from National Library of Ireland

13.15 Discussion of Revised Terms of Reference

14.15 Comfort Break and Show & Tell of Web Archiving at NLI

15.00 Open Session

16.45 Set Date and Venue for Next Meeting

17.00 Close

Can’t make it in person?

This event will be available for attendance through web conferencing. Details for how to join via the web on the day will be published closer to the event. Please watch this page for updates.

How to register?


This event is free and open to all Full and Associate DPC Members. However, spaces are limited so we ask that each institution send one delegate in the first instance and more if the event does not fill up. (We will let you know when registration is open to multiple delegates.) Please consider the web conferencing option for including additional staff. If you register and cannot make it, please let us know no later than 12 June. 

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