Training materials

IIPC Beginner’s Training: How to Use

The training content in this package aims to provide a complete beginner’s level training course in web archiving. As such the course:

  • Outlines what web archives are, why they are important, and how they work.
  • Demonstrates how to build a case for web archiving and develop policy.
  • Provides attendees with the skills/tools needed to implement a basic web-archiving workflow.

Target Audiences

The following table includes a list of potential audiences for this training. In preparing the training content, an audience with no prior knowledge of web archiving was assumed, so there are no prerequisites for understanding beyond a general familiarity with archives, libraries or some other form of information management.


Audience Motivations
1. Practitioners with a background in records management, archives, libraries, or research data management To learn what web archives are and how they work; to learn new skills in capturing and managing web content
2. Curators for heritage institutions looking to include web archives in collections To learn what web archives are and how they work; to learn how to curate web archive collections and some basic skills in capturing relevant content
3. New start professionals with a Masters or equivalent in archives, libraries, or museum studies To learn what web archives are or how to put web archiving theory into practice
4. Policy makers or managers who run an archive, library, or university research data management support To learn what web archiving is and why it is important; to learn how to plan and implement a web archiving program
5. Policy makers or managers for commercial institutions looking to start archiving web content for compliance purposes To learn what web archiving is and why it is important; to learn how to plan and implement a web archiving program

Resources Included

This course contains 8 sessions in total, although session 3 is broken into sub-sections due to length. For each session there are presentation slides, accompanied by complete speaker notes. Most of the sessions include discussion questions to encourage attendee interaction, and two sessions also include group work exercises (sessions 5 and 8) for which guidance notes and worksheets are available as appropriate. A complete listing of the training sessions is included in the table below.

Customizing the Training

The resources are designed to be customised by training facilitators to suit their specific circumstances. Each lesson is stand alone and can be delivered independently or as part of the complete course.

Several of the training sessions contain discussion questions which can be removed for brevity if needed. Likewise, there are many case study slides which could potentially be removed, or, more likely, changed for examples relevant to the context in which the training is being delivered. 

The risk management exercise in session 5A contains a scenario based on a community archive, this might also be replaced if something more relevant to your context. 

How to Credit the Training Content

Created by the IIPC Training Working Group and the Digital Preservation Coalition.

Lesson 1: Why Do We Archive the Web?
Slides & Speaker Notes

Lesson 2: What are Web Archives?
Slides & Speaker Notes

Lesson 3: Main Concepts and Technologies: Overview
Slides & Speaker Notes

Lesson 3A: Main Concepts and Technologies: Capture
Slides & Speaker Notes

Lesson 3B: Main Concepts and Technologies: Preserve
Slides & Speaker Notes

Lesson 3C: Main Concepts and Technologies: Playback
Slides & Speaker Notes

Lesson 3D: Main Concepts and Technologies: Other Tools
Slides & Speaker Notes

Lesson 4: User Groups and User Needs
Slides & Speaker Notes

Lesson 5: Identifying Risks and Benefits
Slides  & Speaker Notes

Lesson 5A: Risk Management Exercise
Slides,  Speaker Notes & Worksheet

Lesson 6: Main Approaches to Web Archiving
Slides & Speaker Notes

Lesson 7: Identifying Risks and Benefits
Slides & Speaker Notes

Lesson 8: Writing a Web Archiving Policy
Slides & Speaker Notes

Lesson 8A: Draft an Elevator Pitch
Slides & Speaker Notes