Libraries, archives, museums and other heritage or research institutions demonstrating a significant experience or level of commitment in the field of Web Archiving are entitled to apply for membership to the Consortium. Other consortia cannot apply for membership as a group; institutions within a consortium must apply individually.
Every member is expected to work collaboratively, within its country’s legislative framework, to identify, develop and facilitate implementation of solutions for selecting, harvesting, collecting, preserving and providing access to Internet content. Members are strong advocates for initiatives and legislation that encourage the collection, preservation and access to Internet content.
The Consortium provides a forum for sharing knowledge about Internet content archiving and to achieve Consortium goals, members:
- Develop and recommend standards;
- Facilitate the development of appropriate and interoperable, preferably open source software and tools;
- Raise awareness of Internet preservation issues through activities such as conferences, workshops, training events and publications.
Every institution will appoint a designated representative who will annually attend the Consortium’s General Assembly, held each spring. Each Designated Representative shall be responsible for coordinating the tasks and activities of the personnel of the institution to which he or she belongs.
Members (at least two are required) can propose a formal project, such as software development. Members are urged to join a working group, and may also form a project team or working group to carry out specific research in a more flexible and informal manner.
As a complementary contribution apart from the membership fee, each member may bring further support to the Consortium. This support can take the form of a financial contribution, industry collaboration or human expertise.
Membership fees are divided into three bands dependent on each institution’s annual operating budget.
The participation fees are set as follows:
|Annual Operating Budget (OB) in millions euros||Membership Dues in euros for 12 months|
Applications for membership are being accepted until 30 November for the following year. To apply, send a statement indicating your institution’s interests and expertise in web archiving. Include how your institution would like to contribute to the IIPC and what benefits your institution hopes to gain from IIPC membership.
Please send membership applications to iipc[at]bl.uk.