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Lecture: Understanding the archived Web as a historical sourceExport this event to calendar

Wednesday, October 17, 2018 — 2:30 PM to 4:00 PM EDT

 Doing History in the Digital Age"With online Web content constantly and rapidly disappearing, any scholar wanting to mine that resource relies heavily on someone archiving it.  However, the archived Web is a peculiar type of historical document, and archiving it as a research object must be approached differently than other digital media. A Web archive literacy is critically needed to preserve this ever-growing piece of human history.

This presentation outlines the specific nature of the archived Web, in contrast to the online Web and digitized historical documents, such as newspapers. In addition, it articulates the main impacts the archived Web's inherent nature has on how it can be used as a scholarly resource by Web historians and the media.

This talk is co-sponsored by the University of Waterloo Library and Department of History.

The event is free but please register here so we can make sure to have enough free refreshments for you!

Speaker

Niels Brügger is a professor in internet studies and digital humanities, head of the Centre for Internet Studies and of the internet research infrastructure NetLab at Aarhus University in Denmark. His research interests are Web historiography, Web archiving and media theory. Within these fields he has published monographs and a number of edited books as well as articles and book chapters. Recent publications include The Archived Web: Doing History in the Digital Age (MIT Press, 2018),  Web25, a special issue of New Media & Society, The Web as History: Using Web Archives to Understand the Past and the Present (edited with Ralph Schroeder, UCL Press 2017), and Web 25: Histories from the first 25 years of the World Wide Web (Peter Lang 2017). He is co-founder and managing editor of the newly founded international journal Internet Histories: Digital Technology, Culture and Society (Taylor & Francis/Routledge).

Cost 
FREE - Registration required!
Location 
LIB - Dana Porter Library
Room 329 (FlexLab)
200 University Avenue West
Waterloo, ON N2L 3G1
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