Welcome to the web archives for historical research group

a link graph showing links from liberal.caThe Web Archives for Historical Research (WAHR) group has the goal of linking history and big data to give historians the tools required to find and interpret digital sources from web archives. Our research focuses on both web histories - writing about the recent past as reflected in web archives - as well as methodological approaches to understanding these repositories.

Funded by the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council (SSHRC) and the Ontario Ministry of Research and Innovation, the WAHR brings together students and faculty across three universities to explore this field. The WAHR is led at the University of Waterloo by Professor Ian Milligan, in close collaboration with Professor Jimmy Lin. We have close partnerships at Western University with Professor William J. Turkel and at York University with Nick Ruest.

There are periodic opportunities for students or recent graduates to join the WAHR

  1. June 29, 2017Multidisciplinary project will help historians unlock billions of archived web pages

    The University of Waterloo and York University have been awarded a grant from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation to make petabytes of historical internet content accessible to scholars and others interested in researching the recent past.

  2. Nov. 17, 2016Web Archives Group Receives Support from Microsoft ResearchMicrosoft Azure word mark logo

    The Web Archives for Historical Research Group is happy to announce that we've received a $20,000 USD Microsoft Azure Research award.

  3. Feb. 10, 2016Professor Ian Milligan Awarded the CSDH/SCHN 2016 Outstanding Early Career AwardLogo of the Canadian Society for Digital Humanities

    The Canadian Society for Digital Humanities/Societé canadienne des humanités numériques announced the winner of their 2016 Outstanding Early Career Award: Ian Milligan, PI of the Web Archives for Historical Research Group!

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