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Web Archiving and Web Archives, Why does it Matter?

Date & Time:
12:00:00 - 13:30:00,
Wednesday 25 September, 2013


If you want to study the web, you will in many cases have to archive it if the analysis is to be documented. And if you want to study yesterdays web you will have to rely on that someone else has archived it, for instance a national web archiving institution. The reason for this is that the web disappears at an unprecedented pace: figures indicate that 40% of what is on the web disappears, another 40% is changed, and only 20% is still available after one year. Thus, since more and more of our source material is to be found on the web web archiving is probably going to become a central issue within the humanities and the social sciences in the years to come. This presentation will introduce some of the challenges related to web archiving and to the scholarly use of archived web materials, for instance in relation to analyses of Big Data. In addition, the ideas of a transnational Research infrastructure for the Study of Archived Web materials (RESAW) will briefly be introduced.

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  • Name: Niels Brugger
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  • Bio: Niels Brugger is Associate Professor and Head of the Centre for Internet Studies at Aarhus University, Denmark. His research interests include internet theory, web history, web archiving, and digital humanities, and he is writing a history of the Danish Broadcasting Corporation’s website Recently he has edited the books Web History (Peter Lang, 2010) and Histories of Public Service Broadcasters on the Web (co-edited with Maureen Burns, Peter Lang 2012). He has published monographs and a number of edited books as well as articles in international journals and edited volumes. Since 2010 he is a member of the national Danish Internet Archive,’s editorial board. He is co-director of NetLab, the internet focused working group within the Digital Humanities Lab, the national Danish research infrastructure for the humanities which was established in 2012.