Collections and fonds 

[Last update: 15 December 2010]

Website archive


Reference code:



Council of Europe website archive

Dates of creation of material:

2009 –

Level of description:



Approximately 14,8 million web pages which corresponds to 286 GB of data in November 2010, with an estimated accrual volume of 100 000 pages a year.


Name of creator:

Council of Europe

Administrative History:

The Council disseminates a considerable volume of information through its websites. The dynamic and ephemeral nature of the web as a medium poses challenges for preservation and access of web content for future audiences.

To archive its websites, the Council of Europe uses the Archive-It subscription service of Internet Archive, a non-profit organisation dedicated to preserving websites. The Archive IT subscription service includes hosting, access and storage. The archive is managed and searched via a web-based application.

Since February 2009 Council of Europe web pages are crawled on a weekly basis and the content is rendered available in-definitely via the Internet.

Currently, websites with URLs beginning with (core Council of Europe), as well as those of the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe ( and the European Commission for Democracy through Law / Venice Commission ( are archived. The websites of the Information Offices of the Council of Europe in Eastern and Central Europe are crawled once a year.

Conditions governing access:

Public information

Finding aids:

Search page for the Council of Europe archived web pages:
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Date of description:

Compiled on 15/12/2010.