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An Introduction to Web Archiving for Historians

November 11, 2015
Institute of Historical Research

Training Room, IHR
Senate House, Malet Street
London WC1E 7HU
United Kingdom

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Web archives consist of copies of web pages; many of these will have changed or disappeared since they were archived. Web archiving has been carried out on a large scale since 1996 and web archives now constitute an enormous trove of data for historians, but one which is not necessarily easy to navigate.

This one-day workshop provides a non-technical introduction to web archives for historians, and will cover the main web archives available in the UK (and their differing access arrangements). Some of the difficulties of using such archives will be covered, including the presentation of a case study from a project which used web archives for research. The analysis of link files using the powerful but simple grep tool will be taught. The day will finish with a chance to create your own web archive, with advice on how to do so in practice. No knowledge of web archives is needed to attend. Although the workshop is aimed principally at historians, other humanities researchers may also find it of value. Lunch will be provided.

Price £15, including lunch

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November 10, 2015, 9:00am BST

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