A couple of weeks have passed since the successful conclusion of the annual IIPC General Assembly, hosted this year by Stanford University Libraries and Internet Archive. The meeting has been pretty well summarized already in posts by Sawood Alam, Jefferson Bailey, Emmanuelle Bermes, Tom Cramer, Carlos Eduardo Entini, and Ian Milligan. Rather than contributing another retrospective, I'd like to instead look ahead to 2016 and consider what the web archiving community might accomplish together in the coming year, highlighting some of the opportunities discussed and presented two weeks ago.
Continue the "mainstreaming" of web archives as primary research materials
It was gratifying to see the breadth of both research disciplines and research support initiatives represented at the General Assembly. I hope to see brilliant new scholarship in the coming year from the maturing community of researchers working with web archives and believe that we're also well-positioned to make inroads with many who haven't worked with web archives before. Continued experimentation is needed not just in tools and interfaces but also in service and engagement models. We should mind, and then mine, local models of success for replicable access and research services.