IIPC webinar: Web Archiving the War in Ukraine

The main focus of this webinar is present efforts around archiving Telegram which became one of the most important communication platforms during the war in Ukraine (OPORA survey, June 2022). The leads of the new IIPC collaborative collection “War in Ukraine” will also give an update on the results of the first crawl.

I. The Telegram Archive of the War: The Center for Urban History in Lviv

The Telegram messaging app became the most popular source of information among Ukrainians during the first months of the Russian invasion. It is used not only for updates but also for horizontal humanitarian aid communication helping people in an evacuation, transport logistics, shelters or food supply. Moreover, social media is an integral part of the current warfare, including disinformation campaigns, open-source intelligence and cyber-attacks. Its documentation, therefore, means grasping the totality of this war, which covers all areas from the battlefield developments to the everyday routine across Ukraine on either side of the frontline, intertwining both physical and cyberspace.

This initiative was launched to preserve war-related Telegram communication as an archive, creating long-term opportunities for future research. With no previous background in social media archiving, the initiative immediately faced a range of methodological and practical challenges that will be offered to discuss during the webinar.

II. Archiving Telegram and VK: Internet Archive

Mark Graham, from the Internet Archive, will share an update on efforts to archive portions of Telegram and VK.com to the Wayback Machine.

III. Web Archiving the War in Ukraine: Collaborative Collections

The IIPC Content Development Working Group (CDG) launched a new collaborative collection to archive web content related to the war in Ukraine, aiming to map the impact of this conflict on digital history and culture. The collections leads, Kees Teszelszky and Vladimir Tybin, will give an update on this collection.


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31 Aug 2022


3:00 PM - 4:15 PM

Local Time

  • Timezone: America/New_York
  • Date: 31 Aug 2022
  • Time: 11:00 AM - 12:15 PM

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