[WebCultures] Registration for the conference Web Archives as Scholarly Sources

Janne Nielsen imvjani at dac.au.dk
Thu Mar 19 15:16:20 CET 2015

Apologies for cross-posting

Interested in the scholarly use of web archives?

Registration is now open for non-presenters for the conference Web Archives as Scholarly Sources: Issues, Practices and Perspectives taking place 8-10 June 2015 at Aarhus University in Denmark. Information at http://resaw.eu/events/international-conference-aarhus-june-2015/ or below.

The conference is organised by RESAW, Aarhus University, the State and University Library (Denmark), the Royal Library (Denmark), l’Institut des sciences de la communication du CNRS, Université de Lille 3, the Institute of Historical Research (University of London), the University of Amsterdam, the British Library, and Leibniz University Hannover/ALEXANDRIA.

In March 2014, the web celebrated its twenty-fifth birthday. This vast information resource is of enormous importance to scholars, both as a primary source and as a means of networking and communication. It is, however, strikingly ephemeral, and much important data has already been lost. The archiving of this vast range of material, so that it is accessible to both contemporary and future researchers, increasingly occupies national memory institutions, and researchers are also beginning to realise and explore its value. This conference seeks to explore the potential of web archives for scholarly use, to highlight innovative research, to investigate the challenges and opportunities of working with the archived web, to identify opportunities for incorporating web archives in learning and teaching, and to discuss and inform archival provision. This multi-disciplinary conference is aimed at scholars, web archiving institutions, web archivists, curators, IT-developers, companies and public institutions interested in web archiving and research using web archives.
The conference programme will be released 4 May 2015.

Submission of papers is closed but registration for non-presenters is now open and takes place at: https://auws.au.dk/resaw2015nonpresenters. Participation as well as coffee and lunch are free of charge. Participants must pay for dinner, travel and accomodation themselves. Please note that there are a limited number of seats for non-presenters. First-come, first-served. If there are no more seats available through the webshop, please contact Niels Brügger<mailto:nb at dac.au.dk>  or Janne Nielsen<mailto:imvjani at dac.au.dk> who will check whether additional seats can be arranged. Registration for non-presenters will close 18 May.

On Tuesday 9 June in the afternoon, it will be possible to participate in the workshop "Elements, Graphs, and Entities: Analyzing Web Archive Datasets" presented by Vinay Goel and Jefferson Bailey from the Internet Archive. Participation is free but there are some specific requirements (see below) and the number of participants is limited to 25. You can sign up for the workshop when registering. Please note that some parallel sessions will run concurrently with the workshop. The organisers will make sure that attendees who sign up for the workshop will not present in any of the parallel sessions on Tuesday afternoon.

About the workshop:
This workshop will explore new methods of research use of web archives by giving researchers exposure to, and training in, the tools, methods, and types of analysis possible in working with datasets extracted from entire web archive collections. Giving researchers datasets of specific extracted metadata elements, longitudinal link graph data, extracted named entities, and other post-processed data can help facilitate new research methods and new types of visualization, inquiry, and analysis. Requirements: Participants will need to have a laptop and have access to a Unix/Linux environment, either via a Mac (or Linux OS) or, for Windows users, via a related OS, such as Ubuntu, running in VirtualBox (or similar). Participants should have very basic comfort interacting with the command line (Terminal). Prior to the workshop, attendees will be given links for downloading the necessary scripts, code templates, and data. Participants will need to have the ability to install software on their laptops and will be provide basic instruction for installing the tools necessary for visualizing the data we will be working with in the workshop. Attendees need not have great technical proficiency, but should be comfortable playing around with data and have an open-minded spirit towards working with and visualizing datasets. Any questions about the workshop can be directed to jefferson at archive.org<mailto:jefferson at archive.org> and vinay at archive.org<mailto:vinay at archive.org>.

If you have any questions regarding the conference, please contact Niels Brügger (nb at dac.au.dk<mailto:nb at dac.au.dk>) or Janne Nielsen (imvjani at dac.au.dk<mailto:imvjani at dac.au.dk>), Aarhus University.


Janne Nielsen, Research assistant, PhD

Department of Aesthetics and Communication, Aarhus University

Helsingforsgade 14, building 5347, room 242

8200 Aarhus N


phone: +45 87162005

mail: imvjani at dac.au.dk<mailto:imvjani at dac.au.dk>
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