"In July 2003 the national libraries of Australia, Canada, Denmark, Finland, France, Iceland, Italy, Norway, Sweden, The British Library (UK), The Library of Congress (USA) and the Internet Archive (USA) acknowledged the importance of international collaboration for preserving Internet content for future generations. This group of 12 institutions chartered the IIPC to fund and participate in projects and working groups to accomplish the Consortium’s goals. The initial agreement was in effect for three years, during which time the membership was limited to the charter institutions. Since then, membership has expanded to include additional libraries, archives, museums and cultural heritage institutions involved in Web archiving.
"The goals of the consortium are:
" * To enable the collection, preservation and long-term access of a rich body of Internet content from around the world.
" * To foster the development and use of common tools, techniques and standards for the creation of international archives.
" * To be a strong international advocate for initiatives and legislation that encourage the collection, preservation and access to Internet content.
" * To encourage and support libraries, archives, museums and cultural heritage institutions everywhere to address Internet content collecting and preservation."