Code4Lib, any thoughts for Eric? -Jodi
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From: Eric Meyer <[log in to unmask]>
Date: Wed, Apr 20, 2011 at 4:46 PM
Subject: [Air-L] Using archives of the web for research
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Cc: Ralph Schroeder <[log in to unmask]>, "
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OII is currently doing some work for the IIPC (International Internet
Preservation Consortium: http://www.netpreserve.org), and part of the work
involves identifying current and cutting edge research techniques and tools
that are available for research on the live web, but that are currently
either difficult or impossible to use with web archives such as the Internet
Archive (http://www.archive.org/) or other IIPC member organisations.
The short version of what we are hoping to get from this group:
- do you know of any innovative uses of web archives for research?
- what techniques for researching the live web should be adapted for use
with web archives?
- can you envisage any innovative uses of web archives (or other archived
Internet data) for research that you would ideally like to be able to do?
The longer version:
What we are hoping is that members of AoIR will respond to us (off list)
with your ideas about ways you research the live web that could potentially
be enhanced using either snapshots from the web at different time points or
longitudinal data about the web over time, but which would need additional
support, training, tools, or infrastructure to be able to accomplish. Your
responses will be used to influence the IIPC community to add web archive
support for the kinds of cutting edge research that AoIR members are doing.
Also, if you have any types of research or research questions you have been
hoping to be able to do with archived internet data but have not been able
to do for whatever reason, and you are willing to share the ideas and the
barriers to researching them with us for possible inclusion in our
discussion paper, that would be appreciated as well.
Responses before 1 May will be most helpful. We will post the draft report
back to the list in May, and the final report in the summer. Those
interested in web archives may also find two reports we wrote last autumn to
be of interest:
Dougherty, M., Meyer, E.T., Madsen, C., van den Heuvel, C., Thomas, A.,
Wyatt, S. (2010). Researcher Engagement with Web Archives: State of the Art.
London: JISC. Online: http://ssrn.com/abstract=1714997 or
Thomas, A., Meyer, E.T., Dougherty, M., van den Heuvel, C., Madsen, C.,
Wyatt, S. (2010). Researcher Engagement with Web Archives: Challenges and
Opportunities for Investment. London: JISC. Online:
http://ssrn.com/abstract=1715000 or http://ie-repository.jisc.ac.uk/543/
Eric T. Meyer
Research Fellow, Oxford Internet Institute
University of Oxford
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