Network diagram of sitesThe 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), the Ontario Ministry of Research and Innovation, and the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, our group 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.

  1. Sep. 6, 2018New Grant: “Continuing Education to Advance Web Archiving”

    Ian Milligan is part of an interdisciplinary team, led by Virginia Tech Libraries and Virginia Tech Department of Computer Science, and in collaboration with Los Alamos, Old Dominion University, Internet Archive, and George Washington University Libraries, that will be exploring “Continuing Education to

  2. Jan. 18, 2018We’ve Been Busy! The Archives Unleashed Project in 2017

    Happy 2018!

    Last year (2017) was a busy year on many fronts (from my own personal parental leave to launching our Archives Unleashed project!). Our project manager, Samantha Fritz, has a great write-up on the project’s activities to date. Please check it out!

  3. 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.

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