Building community and tools for analyzing web archives through datathons

Ian Milligan, Nathalie Casemajor, Samantha Fritz, Jimmy Lin, Nick Ruest, Matthew Weber, Nicholas Worby

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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.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationProceedings - 2019 ACM/IEEE Joint Conference on Digital Libraries, JCDL 2019
EditorsMaria Bonn, Dan Wu, Stephen J. Downie, Alain Martaus
PublisherInstitute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers Inc.
Pages265-268
Number of pages4
ISBN (Electronic)9781728115474
DOIs
StatePublished - Jun 2019
Event19th ACM/IEEE Joint Conference on Digital Libraries, JCDL 2019 - Urbana-Champaign, United States
Duration: Jun 2 2019Jun 6 2019

Publication series

NameProceedings of the ACM/IEEE Joint Conference on Digital Libraries
Volume2019-June
ISSN (Print)1552-5996

Conference

Conference19th ACM/IEEE Joint Conference on Digital Libraries, JCDL 2019
CountryUnited States
CityUrbana-Champaign
Period6/2/196/6/19

Bibliographical note

Funding Information:
This research was supported by the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada, the US 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 Universit? du Que?bec en Outaouais.

Funding Information:
With support from the National Science Foundation and residual funds from both NSF and SSHRC, the project team ran a follow-up event in June 2016 at the Library of Congress (LC) in Washington DC. With the generous support of both LC and Dame Wendy Hall, 2016 Kluge Chair in Technology and Society, the datathon was held two days immediately preceding the “Saving the Web: Ethics & Challenges of Preserving the Internet” event. This datathon was large, with approximately 45 participants. We followed a similar format to the event in Toronto, with a half day devoted to discussion, followed by a day and a half of hacking. After the event, the datathon was presented at the “Saving the Web” symposium, along with an overview of the datathon [7]. Notable projects included:

Funding Information:
The first datathon was held in March 2016 at the University of Toronto Library (UTL). Supported by UTL, the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council (SSHRC) of Canada and the US National Science Foundation (NSF), 45 individuals were selected to participate after a competitive application process. We began with a half day of research talks: research tool developers (Warcbase and ArchiveSpark), Internet Archive staff, and others shared insights through a series of presentations. The actual “hacking” did not begin until the second day. Teams formed into groups, worked on their projects for a day and a half, before convening for final presentations. Notable projects included:

Funding Information:
This research was supported by the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada, the US 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 Uni-versité du Québec en Outaouais.

Publisher Copyright:
© 2019 IEEE.

Keywords

  • Community building
  • Datathon
  • Interdisciplinary
  • Tool building

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