NetLab Forum, November 1 2019, Aarhus

The next NetLab Forum will be on November 1 2019, 09.30-12.00.

There will be a presentation by guest lecturer Anne Helmond, University of Amsterdam, Digital Methods Initiative. See title and abstract below.

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"The multivalency of web archives for platform and app historiography" by Anne Helmond, University of Amsterdam, Digital Methods Initiative

This presentation discusses the archival challenges and research opportunities of new ephemeral digital objects such as platforms and apps. How are these objects currently being archived, what is being archived, where, and by whom?

To help answer these questions, this presentation puts forward a method for assessing the source availability of social media platforms and apps in web archives using MemGator. The source availability for these objects raises the question to what extent web archives need to reconsider their archiving strategies with the changing nature of the web, which no longer solely revolves around interlinking websites, but now also consists of ‘walled garden’ social media platforms and their connected mobile apps.

As archival strategies often focus on the ‘front-end’ user interface and on user data, web archives could be said to privilege cultural histories of social media and apps. A call is being made for archiving more broadly and deeply beyond the end-user interface in order to enable medium histories.

The program will also include presentations on projects with IT Developer help:

  • The Historical Development of Tracking and e-Commerce on the Danish Web /Janne Nielsen, Assistant Professor
  • mHealth in Denmark: Findings from the web archive /Antoinette Fage-Butler & Loni Ledderer, Associate Professors

As always, if you have something you would like to present or add to the program, please don’t hesitate to contact us.

You may want to reserve the time for NetLab Forum now. The event takes place in Katrinebjerg, Aarhus, Ada (building 5342), room 333, Helsingforsgade 15, 8200 Aarhus N.

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9:30 am - 12:00 pm

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