RESAW and IIPC joint Web Archiving Week in London

Web Archiving Week – a full week of researchers, archivists and IT specialists specializing in web archiving – has been held in London from June 11-16 where it was hosted by the British Library and the School of Advanced Study, University of London. Niels Brügger, Janne Nielsen and Asger Harlung from DIGHUMLAB/NetLab participated in the event. The event was a joint effort between RESAW (A Research Infrastructure for the Study of Archived Web Materials) and the IIPC (International Internet Preservation Consortium).

The full Web Archiving Week started with a datathon “Archives Unleashed 4.0”, June 11-13. This was the fourth event of its kind where IT specialists and researchers met with a focus on “exploring cutting-edge research tools while fostering a broad-based consensus on future directions in web archive analysis”. Some noteworthy results were presented at the end of the event, among others an analysis of the number of relative and absolute web hyperlinks, and a text and keyword analysis of US elcetions 2008 and 2010.

A joint three-day conference, combining the two-day RESAW conference with a final one-day IIPC conference formed the core of Web Archiving Week from June 14-16. The joint three-day conference had a total of 64 keynotes, plenaries, presentations, and workshops, presenting such themes as: Academic web citation practices, studies of archive users’ needs and behaviour, archived web as proof in courts, tracing and analysing the spread of false news, research results of studies of specific sociopolitical groups and other themes in web archives, and ‘Persistent Web Identifier’ to help refer to material in a web archive. Niels Brügger and Janne Nielsen from DIGHUMLAB/NetLab presented a paper (co-authored with Ditte Laursen, The Royal Danish Library) about the present status of the research project: “Probing a Nations Web Domain”.

A wine reception sponsored by Taylor & Francis was held in celebration of the first issue of the new journal: “Internet Histories”.

The Web Archiving Week was an outstanding opportunity to bring researchers, web archivists and IT-specialists together to collaborate, and events like this have an invaluable impact on the development of the field of web archiving and the researcher use of web archives.

The full programme can be found here.

The available papers can be found here.

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The RESAW conference was arranged and coordinated by professor Jane Winters, School of Advanced Study, University of London, and coordinator Olga Holownia from the IIPC. The RESAW network is coordinated by Professor Niels Brügger, Aarhus University, who is also head of the DIGHUMLAB community, NetLab.


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