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Building Community and Tools for Analyzing Web Archives through Datathons

Building Community and Tools for Analyzing Web Archives through Datathons

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Title: Building Community and Tools for Analyzing Web Archives through Datathons
Author: Milligan, Ian
Casemajor, Nathalie
Fritz, Samantha
Lin, Jimmy
Ruest, Nick
Weber, Matthew S.
Worby, Nicholas
Abstract: Starting in March 2016, the Archives Unleashed team and our collaborators have brought together social scientists, humanists, archivists, librarians, computer scientists, and other stakeholders to explore web archives as research objects. Three objectives motivated our team to develop and organize these events: facilitating scholarly access, community building, and skills training. We believe that we have been successful on all three fronts. For each event, over the course of two to three days, participants formed interdisciplinary teams and explored web archives using a variety of methods and tools. This paper details our experiences in designing these "datathons", with an intent to share lessons learned, highlight interdisciplinary approaches to research and education on web archives, and describe future opportunities.
Sponsor: This research was supported by the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council, the National Science Foundation (Grants #1624067, #1723430), Start Smart Labs, Rutgers University, Compute Canada, University of Waterloo, and York University. Additional support came from University of Toronto Libraries, Library of Congress, Internet Archive, British Library, the International Internet Preservation Consortium, Simon Fraser University Libraries, SFU Key, and Université du Québec en Outaouais.
Subject: open source communities
open source
web archives
datathon
community building
interdisciplinary
Type: Article
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/10315/36180
Citation: Ian Milligan, Nathalie Casemajor, Samantha Fritz, Jimmy Lin, Nick Ruest, Matthew S. Weber, and Nicholas Worby. “Building Community and Tools for Analyzing Web Archives through Datathons.” Proceedings of the ACM/IEEE Joint Conference on Digital Libraries, Vol. 19 (2019).
Date: 2019

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