Exploring the UK Web: an introduction to web archives as scholarly resources

This event is organized by the Bodleian Libraries’ Department of Special Collections.

UKWebArchiveWhat: Exploring the UK Web: an introduction to web archives as scholarly resources

Who: Jason Webber, Sabine Hartmann, Prof Jane Winters, Dr Gareth Millward, Prof Ralph Schroeder

When: 14.00–16.00, Friday 11 December 2015

Where: Lecture Theatre, Weston Library

Access: registration is essential

‘The Web’, in the 25 years of its existence, has become deeply ingrained in modern life: it is where we find information, communicate, research, share ideas, shop, get entertained, set and follow trends and, increasingly, live our social lives. As much as we rely on traditional paper archives today to find out about the past, for anyone trying to understand life in the late 20th and early 21st century, archived websites will be an invaluable resource.

Join us and our expert panel for an afternoon of exploring the archives of the UK web space, focusing on their potential use for research and teaching. Short presentations will introduce the resources and tools available for web archives research in the UK, and the opportunities (and challenges) they come with in theory and practice: from web archives curation, preservation and research tool development at the British Library, to current research in the Big UK Domain Data for the Arts and Humanities (BUDDAH) Project and at the Oxford Internet Institute. Afterwards there will be plenty of time for questions and discussion – your chance to ask everything you ever wanted to know about web archives and to contribute your thoughts and ideas to an emerging discipline.

Jason Webber is the Web Archiving Engagement and Liaison Manager at the British Library. He and his colleague Sabine Hartmann are working with the UK Web Archive and the Legal Deposit Web Archive.
Jane Winters
is Professor of Digital History at the Institute of Historical Research, and Principal Investigator in the BUDDAH Project.
Gareth Millward is a Research Fellow at the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine and one of the BUDDAH Project bursary holders.
Ralph Schroeder is a Senior Research Fellow at the Oxford Internet Institute.

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