Code of conduct

As an international organization comprised of representatives from a wide range of nations, the IIPC is made up of a diverse membership from many cultural backgrounds working together towards the shared goal of web preservation. This cultural diversity and shared mission are key to the Consortium’s success and are the foundation upon which our group achievements are built.

The IIPC is also dedicated to providing a harassment-free event experience for everyone, regardless of gender identity or expression, sexual orientation, disability, physical appearance, race, ethnicity, political affiliation, nationality, language, or religion — and not limited to these aspects. We are a collaborative community dedicated to cooperation, civility, and respect and do not tolerate harassment in any form. Sexual or discriminatory language and imagery is not appropriate for any conference or event venue, including talks, workshops, social events, and other IIPC-funded or IIPC-organized events, online or in person. Participants at an IIPC-sponsored event violating these rules may be sanctioned or expelled at the discretion of the organizers or IIPC Steering Committee members.

Harassment includes: offensive verbal comments related to sex, gender identity or expression, ethnicity, nationality, language, socioeconomic status, sexual orientation, disability, physical appearance, body size, age, race, religion; use of sexual or discriminatory images in public spaces (including online); deliberate intimidation; stalking; harassing photography or recording; sustained disruption of talks or other events; inappropriate physical contact; and unwelcome sexual attention.

Participants asked to stop any harassing behavior are expected to comply immediately.

If a participant engages in harassing behavior, event organizers and IIPC Steering Committee members (or their designees) may take any action they deem appropriate, including warning the offender, expulsion from the event, or contacting a higher authority such as a representative from the offender’s institution. We expect participants to follow the anti-harassment policy at all conferences, meeting-related social events, workshops, community gatherings, and online events and communication channels. If you are being harassed, notice that someone else is being harassed, or have any other concerns, please contact a member of the local event staff, event organizers, or an IIPC Steering Committee member immediately. If you experience harassment in an online setting, please contact IIPC staff via email at contact [at] or anonymous contact form

We value your, and everyone’s, constructive participation in the shared IIPC community and in IIPC events, and we thank you for your attention to the comfort, safety, and well-being of fellow IIPC collaborators and attendees.Your support will help keep our community and our events a safe, welcoming, and friendly space for all fellow participants! 



  1. If you are being harassed, notice that someone else is being harassed, or have any other concerns, please immediately contact a local meeting organizer, an IIPC member you trust, or an IIPC Steering Committee member. If you have concerns related to harassment during an online event or through online communication tools such as Slack, please immediately contact an IIPC staff member at contact [at] or through our anonymous contact form. If you or others are in imminent danger, please first reach out to local emergency services. 


  1. If you are at an in-person meeting or other event, find an event organizer or a representative of the IIPC Steering Committee. They will assist you. These parties will help participants contact hotel/venue security or local law enforcement, provide escorts, or otherwise assist those experiencing harassment and will help them to feel safe for the duration of the event.
  2. If you are at an online event or using IIPC’s online communication channels, contact IIPC staff at contact [at] or through our anonymous contact form. Emails to contact [at] will go directly to all IIPC staff. All reports of harassment will be forwarded to the designated members of the Steering Committee and the event’s Organizers
  3. If you have been harassed over email, please send email to contact [at]

All reports and inquiries will be handled in confidence.


  1. If an incident results in corrective action, the community should support those harmed by the incident, either publicly or privately.
  2. If an individual attempting to help a victim of harassment encounters issues following the anti-harassment policy and protocol, they are encouraged to engage the IIPC community or Steering Committee about these issues and needed policy clarifications or revisions. The Steering Committee, with direct input and feedback from the full IIPC community, will then revise the policy or protocol appropriately to ensure a safe and welcoming community in which harassment is not tolerated.


The IIPC is grateful for the many thoughtful policies created by related and overlapping communities. We were inspired by and drew in particular from the following: