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CALL: International Internet Preservation Consortium General Assembly, April 30-May 4, 2012

From Abigail Potter, Communications Officer, IIPC, Program Officer, NDIIPP, Library of Congress

Washington, DC The International Internet Preservation Consortium (IIPC) 2012 General Assembly will meet at the Library of Congress April 30 - May 4, 2012 to explore "The Broad Value of Web Archives: Demonstrated Use." The IIPC acquires, preserves and makes accessible knowledge and information from the Internet for future generations everywhere, promoting global exchange and international relations.

The tentative schedule for the conference is available here:

The deadline for submitting a presentation for "The Broad Value of Web Archives: Demonstrated Use" is one week from today, February 28, 2012.

Libraries, archives, and other organizations have been systematically collecting web archives for over 10 years, namely in the service of cultural heritage. Content archived from the web has a multitude of uses. Commercial web archiving services are emerging to meet legal and business requirements. Data is scraped from the web and analyzed for media or academic research. Any topic can be studied on the internet and content published on the web in any given day is a unique reflection of the world.

Experts from around the world will gather in Washington, DC on April 30, 2012 to hold an open conference to explore the broad value of web archives. The conference is sponsored by the International Internet Preservation Consortium, which is holding its General Assembly at the Library of Congress.

The IIPC is seeking presentations from a wide variety of organizations from sectors that are saving and using archival content from the web. The goal is to expose the audience to how rich and valuable the web is as a resource and reveal some unexpected uses for web archives. Possible topics include:

• web archives used in legal discovery or for legal compliance
• web archives in personal collections, i.e. personal archiving
• web archives used in data mining
• web archives for legal deposit
• web archives used in corporate or organizational archives
• web archives used for game or community preservation
• citizen archivists and crowdsourcing for web archives
• projects that use old web content that was not harvested through Heritrix

If you are interested in participating in this conference, please send a short paragraph or two describing the project you would like to present to Abigail Potter, IIPC Communications Officer,> by February 28, 2012. The agenda for the conference will be announced by March 15, 2012.

If you have any questions about the event, please contact Abigail Potter