In November 2004, the National Library of Australia hosted the Archiving Web Resources International Conference. Over 200 delegates from 21 countries, representing libraries, archives, museums, galleries, and government agencies, gathered to hear papers and to discuss the issues for cultural heritage organisations.
Despite the daunting scale of the task ahead, there was optimism for the future. The Web archiving programs established in the past decade have ‘learned by doing,’ and there is now expertise to share in forums such as this conference. There is also the will and the precedents for collaboration towards shared goals.