San Francisco, California
London, United Kingdom
The live web is of enormous importance to researchers in the arts and humanities, whether as a primary source or as a means of communication and networking. The archiving of this vast range of material, so that it is accessible to both contemporary and future researchers, increasingly occupies national memory institutions such as the British Library and The National Archives in the UK. However, web archives offer unique challenges for researchers, and we are only just beginning to develop the expertise and the tools to exploit them effectively.
Focusing on the archive of UK web space from 1996 to 2013, this AHRC-funded workshop will discuss how the web is archived. and the value of web archives for researchers in the arts and humanities. It will also showcase existing research projects which have used web archives as a primary source, notably in the field of history. The event is a collaboration between the Institute of Historical Research, University of London, the British Library and the Oxford Internet Institute, and is organised under the auspices of the Big UK Domain Data for the Arts and Humanities (BUDDAH) project.
Speakers include Niels Brügger (Aarhus University), Richard Deswarte (University of East Anglia), Suzy Espley (The National Archives), Peter Webster (British Library) and Jane Winters (Institute of Historical Research). See the BUDDAH project website for full details.
Registration is free, but places are limited so early booking is advised. The workshop is located in Room G22 (the Woburn Room), on the ground floor of the University of London Senate House building. Lunch will also be provided.
The workshop will provide a forum for researchers to discuss the development of tools and services at the British Library, as well as an opportunity to engage with this development process in the longer term. To this end, we will be offering 10 bursaries of £2,000 each to researchers in the arts and humanities, including but not restricted to postgraduate students and Early Career Researchers (ECRs). The bursaries are NOT intended to support attendance at this workshop, but to allow researchers to develop small research projects. More details of this bursary scheme are now available, and we will be happy to talk to people who might be interested in applying at the workshop.