Suppose you’re an archivist, librarian, or historian who’s trying to document and preserve for posterity a narrative of the COVID-19 pandemic or the ongoing Black Lives Matters protests. You’ll naturally be gathering documents from the web, and with tools available today it won’t be difficult to accumulate thousands or even millions of relevant records. How can you make sure that a scholar down the road can actually use the material that you’ve collected?
Right now, working with data at scale is difficult for historians and other scholars in the humanities and social sciences. Since 2017, the Archives Unleashed Project has been at the forefront of making this possible, through accessible tools, platforms, and learning materials. This next project will combine the Archives Unleashed Project’s analytical tools with the Internet Archive’s Archive-It service, a best-in-class web archiving and access solution and infrastructure, to further lower barriers in web archiving and provide an end-to-end process for collecting and studying archived web records and data.
Read more about the Archives Unleashed project and funding.