Call for proposals: An introduction to web archives for Humanities and Social Science (HSS) research
A workshop to be held as part of the 22nd International Conference on Theory and Practice of Digital Libraries, on 13 September 2018, Porto, Portugal
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Work to archive the web began in 1996, with the ground-breaking initiative of the Internet Archive. Other organisations and institutions have followed, from national and state libraries and archives to museums and NGOs. Even individual researchers and research teams are beginning to create archives for personal use, as new tools make web archiving possible from a desktop PC. We now have access to two decades of web archives, collected in different ways and at different times, constituting an invaluable resource for the study of the late 20th and early 21st centuries.

Researchers are only just beginning to explore the potential of these vast archives, and to develop the theoretical and methodological frameworks within which to study them, but recognition of that potential is becoming ever more widespread. This workshop seeks to explore the value of web archives for scholarly use, to highlight innovative research, to investigate the challenges and benefits of working with the archived web, to identify opportunities for incorporating web archives in learning and teaching, and to discuss and inform archival provision in all senses

We are seeking proposals from potential contributors to the workshop in two main areas:

1) Work presenting the state of the field and discussing the opportunities and challenges of using this new kind of primary source for research. This may include demonstrations of existing web archives.

2) Presentations of ground-breaking Digital Humanities research drawing on web archives. These case studies will illustrate a range of different approaches, from small-scale analyses of individual websites to large-scale investigations of entire domains. Other studies will showcase innovative combinations of quantitative and qualitative research methods.

Deadline for applications
17.00 BST, Friday 15 June 2018.
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Please submit an abstract of between 300 and 500 words. This may be pasted into the form, below. All proposals will be peer review by an international scientific programme committee.
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