New book: The Web as History – free PDF download

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Date(s) - 25/03/2017 - 06/09/2017
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New book, The Web as History, edited by professor Niels Brügger and Professor Ralph Schroeder, free PDF download

The web has been with us for more than a quarter of a century. It has become a daily and ubiquitous source of information in many peoples’ lives around the globe. But what does it tell us about historical and social change? For a researcher in the twenty-second century, it will seem unimaginable that someone studying the twenty-first century would do anything but draw heavily on the online world to tell them about peoples’ changing lives. Currently, however, the web remains an almost untapped source for research. This book aims to make a start in this direction.

The 12 chapters explore this topic from a number of interdisciplinary angles – through histories of national web spaces and case studies of different government and media domains – as well as an introduction that provides an overview of this exciting new area of research.

Chapter 3 ‘Exploring the domain names of the Danish web’ is written by Niels Brügger, Ditte Laursen and Janne Nielsen. What does an entire national web domain look like? And how can its development over time be understood? Using the Danish web as a case study, this chapter explores these questions by studying the historical development of the .dk domain names and the .dk domains archived in the Danish national web archive, Netarkivet, as well as in the international US-based web archive Internet Archive.


Niels Brügger is Professor and Head of the Centre for Internet Studies and of the internet research infrastructure NetLab, Aarhus University. He is co-founder and Managing Editor of the international journal, Internet Histories: Digital Technology, Culture and Society. Recent publications include Histories of Public Service Broadcasters on the Web (edited with Burns, 2012), and Web25, a themed issue of New Media & Society.

Ralph Schroeder is Professor and Director of the Master’s course in Social Science of the Internet at the Oxford Internet Institute. Before coming to Oxford University, he was Professor at Chalmers University in Gothenburg. His recent books include Rethinking Science, Technology and Social Change (2007) and, co-authored with Eric T. Meyer, Knowledge Machines: Digital Transformations of the Sciences and Humanities (2015).

Publication and License

The book is published by UCL Press with support from the School of Advanced Study, University of London, Aarhus University Research Foundation, and Webster Research and Consulting.

It is published under a Creative Common 4.0 International license (CC BY4.0). This license allows you to share, copy, distribute and transmit the work; to adapt the work and to make commercial use of the work providing attribution is made to the authors (but not in any way that suggests that they endorse you or your use of the work).

Attribution should include the following information: Niels Brügger and Ralph Schroeder (eds.), The Web as History. London, UCL Press, 2017.

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