Reminder that proposals for Web Archives 2015 are due *this Friday, May


Call for Proposals:

Web Archives 2015: Capture, Curate, Analyze
November 12-13, 2015 at the University of Michigan

*Proposal deadline: May 15, 2015*

The University of Michigan Library and Bentley Historical Library are proud
to announce *Web Archives 2015: Capture, Curate, Analyze*, a two day
symposium to be held on November 12-13, 2015 at the University of Michigan
(Ann Arbor).  For more information on this event, please see

Proposals may be submitted via email to [log in to unmask]


Research in almost all disciplines increasingly relies on evidence gleaned
from websites, social media platforms, and other online resources.  As
scholars and instructors embrace these primary sources and discover new and
innovative ways to interact with the data, their efforts are
aligned--knowingly or not--with those of developers and archivists.

While each of these communities recognize the web’s significance as an
object and subject of research, questions about their respective
assumptions, methodologies, and practices remain:

   - How do collecting policies and appraisal decisions shape web archives?

   - How can web archives be effectively integrated with classroom
   instruction and academic discourse in general?
   - How do available resources and technologies influence the extent and
   success of web captures?
   - How do scholars want to access and interact with web archives?
   - How can individual scholars ensure that the materials that they need
   will be available both for their research and for documenting their work?
   - What tools can optimize the use and reuse of archived websites and
   online materials?
   - What measures of confidence does the academic community have in the
   use of archived websites for research?
   - How can librarians, archivists, and technologists preserve the
   functionality and utility of complex web resources over the long-term?

Proposals are welcome from librarians, archivists, faculty, researchers,
developers, practitioners, students, and other interested parties; we are
especially interested in papers and workshops that address:

   - The role of libraries, archives and museums in building and sustaining
   curated web collections.
   - Methods and tools for preserving and curating online materials.
   - Resources and best practices to promote access to and use of preserved
   websites and social media platforms.
   - On-demand web archiving and the creation of public web archives for
   documenting research.
   - Descriptive and citation practices for web archives.
   - Approaches to studying and analyzing web archive data.
   - Pedagogical strategies for teaching in the archive and with archival
   - Analysis of web and social media materials as cultural documents.
   - Preservation threats (such as technological and format obsolescence)
   that could impact the rendering and use of archived webcontent over the

*Presentation formats include*:

   - Workshops - lead a hands-on session in which you introduce tools,
   techniques, or methods to other conference participants (75 minutes in
   - Paper presentations - present your own research related to topics
   listed above (20 minutes)
   - Panel presentations - curate 3-4 presentations that are thematically
   related (75 minutes)

*Proposal instructions*:

Please send an email with your proposal to [log in to unmask] Clearly
indicate your proposed format and include a 200-300 word abstract, along
with brief biographical statements for each participant. *Proposals must be
received by May 15, 2015.*

*About the Hosts*:

The University of Michigan Library <> is one of
the world's largest academic research libraries and serves a vibrant
university community that is home to 19 schools and colleges, 100 top ten
graduate programs, and annual research expenditures approaching $1.5
billion a year. To enable the university's world-changing work and to serve
the public good, the library collects, preserves, and shares the scholarly
and cultural record in all existing and emerging forms, and leads the
reinvention of the academic research library in the digital age.

The Bentley Historical Library <> collects the
materials for and promotes the study of the histories of two great,
intertwined institutions, the State of Michigan and the University of
Michigan.  The library’s holdings include materials from more than 10,000
individual and organizational donors and comprise more than 45,000 linear
feet of primary source material, 10,000 maps, 80,000 printed volumes, and
1.5 million photographs in addition to extensive collections of of
digitized and born-digital archives.  The Bentley launched its
webarchiving program
in 2000 to complement its holdings and advance its mission of documenting
the university and state.  Since joining a subscription service in 2010,
staff have employed essential archival principles and strategies to create
a focused collection of more than 1,500 archived websites, with more than
3.7 TB of data.

For more information on this event, please see

Alix Keener
Digital Scholarship Librarian and ORCID Project Manager
University of Michigan Library


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