Archives Unleashed: Call for Participation
Web Data at Scale with the Archives Unleashed Toolkit: Web Archive Datathon
Harbour Centre, Simon Fraser University Vancouver Campus
1-2 November 2018
The World Wide Web has had a profound impact on how we research and understand
the past. The sheer amount of cultural information that is generated and, crucially, preserved every day in electronic form, presents exciting new opportunities for researchers. Much of this information is captured within web archives.
Web archives often contain hundreds of billions of web pages, ranging from
individual homepages and social media posts, to institutional websites. These archives offer tremendous potential for social scientists and humanists, and the questions research may pose stretch across a multitude of fields. In short, web archives offer the
ability to reconstruct large-scale traces of the relatively recent past.
Archives Unleashed Toolkit
The Archives Unleashed Team has partnered with SFU
Library and KEY, SFU’s
Big Data initiative, to host the next Archives Unleashed datathon.
This event is tailored towards web archives practitioners and researchers.
The Archives Unleashed datathon presents an opportunity for librarians, archivists, researchers, computer scientists, and others to collaboratively work with web collections and explore cutting-edge research tools through hands on experience.
This event will bring together a small group of approximately
15-20 participants to experiment with the newest release of AUT (Archives Unleashed Toolkit) and the Archives Unleashed Cloud, and to kick-off collaboratively inspired research projects. Participants will have access to analytics software and specialists,
and will be exposed to the process of working with web archive files at scale. For more information on AUT and the Cloud, please visit http://archivesunleashed.org/.
This will be our second Canadian event, with two additional datathons happening
in eastern and western area of the United States. Accordingly, the Vancouver datathon will prioritize regional applicants from western and central Canada and the northwestern United States.
Sponsors + Travel Grants
This event is possible thanks to the generous support of the
Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, Simon Fraser University Library, SFU Key, University of Waterloo’s Faculty of Arts, York University Libraries, Compute Canada, and Start Smart Labs.
The Archives Unleashed team is pleased to offer modest travel grants to help attendees participate
in this event. These grants can cover up
to $1,000 CAD in travel expenses. If you require financial assistance to attend the event, please indicate in your statement of interest
that you would like to be considered for the travel grant.
Those interested in participating should send a 250-word expression
of interest and a short one-page CV to the Archives Unleashed Team ([log in to unmask])
by midnight (EST) on 16 July 2018.
This expression of interest should address your background and interests in web archiving, and what you would hope to get out of working with tools and web archive data at scale. Applicants
will be notified by 27 July 2018.
On behalf of the organizers,
Ian Milligan (University of Waterloo), Rebecca Dowson (Simon Fraser University),
Nick Ruest (York University), Jimmy Lin (University of Waterloo), and Samantha Fritz (University of Waterloo)