Canadian Web Archiving Coalition (CWAC)

The Canadian Web Archiving Coalition (CWAC) is an inclusive community of practice within Canadian libraries, archives, and other memory institutions engaged or otherwise interested in web archiving. The Coalition’s mission is to identify gaps and opportunities that could be addressed by nationally coordinated strategies, actions, and services, including collaborative collection development, training, infrastructure development, and support for practitioners and researchers.

CWAC held its first in-person meeting in September 2017.

In March 2018, an inaugural Canadian Web Archiving Coalition Coordinating Committee was formed. Current membership is as follows:

  • Corey Davis (chair), Digital Preservation Coordinator, Council of Prairie and Pacific University Libraries (COPPUL)
  • David Alexander, Head of Archives, Access and Digital, Royal BC Museum
  • Janice Banser, Systems Librarian, Simon Fraser University
  • Jonathan Bengtson, University Librarian, University of Victoria
  • Jane C. Duffy, Librarian for Mathematics and Statistics, Physics, Astronomy, Computer Science, Earth and Planetary Sciences, and Engineering Transfer, MacEwan University
  • Naomi Eichenlaub, Catalogue Librarian, Ryerson University
  • Mireille Laforce, Directrice du dépôt légal et de la conservation des collections patrimoniales, Bibliothèque et Archives nationales du Québec
  • Catherine McGoveran, Interim Head, GSG Centre and Social Sciences Library, University of Ottawa
  • Cindy McLellan, Archivist & Librarian, British Columbia Institute of Technology
  • Amanda Oliver, Archivist, Western University
  • Umar Qasim, Digital Preservation Officer, University of Alberta
  • Tom Smyth, Manager, Digital Integration, Digital Preservation and Migration Division, Library and Archives Canada
  • Nicholas Worby, Web Archives Program Coordinator, University of Toronto
There are currently three main areas of focus – collections, training, and copyright. These areas are being undertaken by the CWAC Collections Interest Group (lead Nicholas Worby, University of Toronto), the CWAC Training Interest Group (lead Catherine McGoveran, University of Ottawa), and the Copyright Working Group (lead Catherine McGoveran).

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The community of practice communicates via a listserv, which can be joined here:

Related documents:

Presentation slides from September 2017 CWAC inaugural meeting (PDFs)