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Keynote Speech – Helen Hockx-Yu

Web Archiving: Practices and Options for Academic Libraries

in Theme 2: Sustainable Resources

This talk will give an overview of the history and current practices of web archiving, including the key challenges and approaches. It will specifically look at academic libraries’ involvement in web archiving and argue that it is an important element of the research infrastructure in the 21st century. It will also present and discuss the options for academic libraries for getting started in web archiving.

Helen Hockx-Yu

Director, Global Web Services, Internet Archive


Helen Hockx-Yu joined the Internet Archive in September 2015. She has had various roles at UK national organizations and obtained extensive experience in web archiving, digital preservation and IT program management.

As Head of Web Archiving at the British Library (BL), Helen led the BL’s web archiving activities from 2008, building the British Library’s capability for archiving the UK web at scale and from 2013, implementing legal deposit of over four million UK websites. She has published and spoken extensively about web archiving, addressing national and international audiences at various academic and professional conferences. Helen was also the Project Manager of the Planets Project, a four-year endeavor co-funded by the European Union under the Sixth Framework Program to address core digital preservation challenges. Before joining the British Library, she worked as a Program Manager at the UK Joint Information Systems Committee (JISC), overseeing JISC’s research and development activities in the area of digital preservation.

Born in China, educated in the Netherlands, Helen developed her professional skills in the United Kingdom. She is fluent in English, Dutch and Chinese, and likes reading, running, cooking and photography.

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last modified 14 July 2016