Learning Resources

The purpose of the NetLab workshop is to give you an introduction to working with archived web material in research, including:

  • Insight into the challenges of working with archived web material as a research object
  • A presentation of the various ways you can archive web material yourself – and hands-on experience of using various tools
  • Knowledge of existing web archives, and of how these can be used in research


  • Tools: Wayback machine, Web Snapper, Paparazzi, Video Download Helper, Musicbox, WireTap Studio, Videobox, SnagIT, HTTrack
  • Where: We come to you
  • How long: Usually 1 meeting (2h – 5,5h), but can be extended to include 2.-3 additional meetings
  • Participant: min. 6 / max. 15
  • Cost: Free for DigHumLab members
  • Language: Danish or English

Course Information

The workshops are built up from several accessible modules, and are adapted to the needs and wishes of your academic milieu. Each module has a main topic and an approximate duration (depending on the number of participants, and with the possibility of scaling). Module 1 will usually be included in all workshops, but apart from that there is great flexibility, and the modules can be combined in various ways.

Module 1 – Webarchiving

An introduction will be provided to web archiving and to archived websites as research material. The module addresses the following topics:

  • What is web archiving?
  • The main archiving types, such as web crawling of entire websites, screen recording and screen captures
  • Archiving strategies
  • Characteristics of the archived material
  • Ethical considerations in research
  • Referencing archived web materials
  • Examples of research projects that use archived web materials

Duration: 45-60 min.

Preparation: Read the relevant chapter in the book Web Archives for Researchers


Module 2 – Existing Web Collections

An introduction will be provided to existing web collections. The focus is on the contents of the collection, the archiving strategies applied, access, search options, documentation, and possible use by researchers. The module deals with the following web archives:

  • Netarkivet, the Danish web archive
  • The Internet Archive
  • Other national archives
  • Other archives and collections

Duration: 45-60 min.

Preparation: Read the relevant chapter in the book Web Archives for Researchers


Module 3 – Own Web Archives

An introduction will be provided to tools that you can use to create your own web archives. The focus is partly on software that you can install on your own computer, and partly on professional on-demand archiving services. The module deals with the following software types:

  • Archiving of an entire website
  • Screen recording
  • Screenshots and software to save multiple pages as a PDF, etc.
  • Archiving social media (e.g. Facebook, Twitter, Instagram) using API

Duration: 45-60 min.

Preparation: Read the relevant chapter in the book Web Archives for Researchers


Module 4a – Miniproject

The benefit of the workshop is increased if there is a direct link to a specific research project. In this and the following two modules, work is done with the participants’ own mini-projects. You can either work with an ongoing or a planned project involving web materials, or one which will benefit from web materials being added, or a pilot project created for the occasion. It may be that only some of the participants choose this module. The following topics are covered:

  • Presentation of the participants’ mini-projects
  • A discussion of the potential feasibility of the projects

Duration: 30 mins.

Preparation: Prior to the workshop, prepare a short project (1/2 -1 page) on a research project that will use archived web materials, either in existing web archives or in your own archive. The projects can be created individually or in groups.


Module 4b – Miniproject Follow Up

This module follows up on module 4a, and is therefore held an agreed number of weeks after module 4a, so that it can take place while work is ongoing on the participants’ mini-projects. The module will cover:

  • What went well/badly?
  • What are the next steps?

The module takes the form of a video meeting.

Duration: 45-60 min.

Preparation: Experience with working on a mini-project.


Module 4c – Miniproject Report

In this module, participants report on their mini-projects. This module is presented an agreed number of weeks after module 4b, so that it can be held after the work on a mini-project. In the module:

  • The mini-projects are presented and discussed.
  • Experience is shared.
  • The work with the archived web materials is evaluated.

Duration: 45-60 min.

Preparation: Completed mini-project.


For further information, please contact

Niels Brügger (nb(at)dac.au.dk)

Johanne la Cour (johanne(at)netlab.dk).

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