The Royal Library of Belgium

Organization Type: National Library
Country: Belgium
IIPC Contact Email: webarchive@kbr.be

KBR web archive

Start Date: 2017
Access methods: currently in development

KBR is the national scientific library and collects all Belgian publications via the legal deposit. Since the web can be considered as an enormous publisher, web archiving is a logical extension of the activities of the library. The Royal Decree of 25 December 2016 stipulates that KBR may collect websites that are related to the missions of the institution by means of inventories, with the exception of blogs and private websites.

In 2017 KBR initiated the PROMISE project together with the State Archives, the universities of Ghent and Namur and the university college Bruxelles-Brabant. The project aims to develop a federal strategy for the preservation of the Belgian web. It is financed by the Belgian Science Policy Office (Belspo) as part of the BRAIN.be programme.

The web archive of KBR is currently in development since the PROMISE project runs until December 2019. The board of directors of KBR will
decide which shape the future web archive will take based on the results of the PROMISE project. KBR has every intention of establishing a sustainable web archiving service and has included web archiving in its strategic plan for 2019-2021.