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. Jan. 21, 2020Archives Unleashed Project: 2019 Progress Report

    It’s hard to believe that we are already two and a half years into the Archives Unleashed Project! So as we begin this new year, a new decade, and head into the final six months of this project, let’s reflect on the work and milestones the Archives Unleashed Team and community has reached.

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  2. Aug. 19, 2019Re-Posted from the Conversation: Historians’ archival research looks quite different in the digital age

    Today, and into the future, consulting archival documents increasingly means reading them on a screen. (Shutterstock)

    Ian Milligan, University of Waterloo

  3. May 1, 2019New Book: History in the Age of Abundance

    My new book, History in the Age of Abundance? How the Web is Transforming Historical Research has arrived and is shipping!

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