[SIGCIS-Members] Fwd: Call for Participation: Archives Unleashed 2.0 - Web Archive Hackathon

Joly MacFie joly at punkcast.com
Tue Mar 8 21:32:15 PST 2016


Apropos recent Berlin discussion, a perhaps more legit exercise in web
archive activity, albeit from a sociological angle.


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***Call for Participation***

Archives Unleashed 2.0: Web Archive Data
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Library of Congress, Washington DC
14 – 15 June 2016
Travel grants available for US-based graduate students; additional funding
may be available for international participants
Applications due 15 March 2016

http://www.archivesunleashed.com

**This event is a follow-up to the Archives Unleashed datathon held in
March at the University of Toronto Library. With generous funding from the
National Science Foundation and the Social Science and Humanities Research
Council (Canada), we’ve been able to extend the datathon program, and are
excited to bring this program to the Library of Congress.**

The World Wide Web has 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. Scholars broaching topics dating back to the mid-1990s will find
their projects enhanced by web data. Moreover, scholars hoping to study the
evolution of cultural and societal phenomena will find a treasure trove of
data in web archives. In short, web archives offer the ability to
reconstruct large-scale traces of the relatively recent past.

While there has been considerable discussion about web archive tools and
datasets, few forums or mechanisms for coordinated, mutually informing
development efforts have been created. This hackathon presents an
opportunity to collaboratively unleash our web collections, exploring
cutting-edge research tools while fostering a broad-based consensus on
future directions in web archive analysis.

This hackathon will bring together a small group of 20-30 participants to
collaboratively develop new open-source tools and approaches to hackathon,
and to kick-off collaboratively inspired research projects. Researchers
should be comfortable with command line interactions, and knowledge of a
scripting language such as Python strongly desired. By bringing together a
group of like-minded scholars and programmers, we hope to begin building
unified analytic production effort and to continue coalescing this nascent
research community.

At this event, we hope to converge on a shared vision of future directions
in the use of web archives for inquiry in the humanities and social
sciences in order to build a community of practice around various web
archive analytics platforms and tools.

Thanks to the generous support of the National Science Foundation, the
Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada, the University
of Waterloo’s Department of History, the David R. Cheriton School of
Computer Science and the University of Waterloo, and the School of
Communication and Information at Rutgers University, we will cover all
meals and refreshments for attendees. We are also providing sample datasets
for people to work on during the hackathon, or they are happy to use their
own. Included datasets are:

        • the .gov web archive covering the American government domain
        • Canadian Political Parties and Political Interest Groups
collection

Those interested in participating should send a 250-word expression of
interest and a CV to Matthew Weber (matthew.weber at rutgers.edu <mailto:
matthew.weber at rutgers.edu>) by 15 March 2016 with “Archives Unleashed” in
the subject line. This expression of interest should address the scholarly
questions that you will be bringing to the hackathon, and what datasets you
might be interested in either working with or bringing to the event.
Applicants will be notified by 25 March 2016.

We have a limited number of travel grants available for graduate students;
preference will be given to those who have not participated in the Archives
Unleashed program in the past, although we welcome returning participants.
These grants can cover up to $750 in expenses. If you are in an eligible
position, please indicate in your statement of interest that you would like
to be considered for the travel grant. A letter of support from your
graduate supervisor will also strengthen your application.

On behalf of the organizers,

Matthew Weber (Rutgers University), Ian Milligan (University of Waterloo),
Jimmy Lin (University of Waterloo)


Matthew S. Weber

Assistant Professor
School of Communication and Information
http://www.matthewsweber.com <http://www.matthewsweber.com/>

Co-Director
NetSci Network Science Lab
http://netsci.rutgers.edu <http://netsci.rutgers.edu/>

Rutgers University

(ph): 848-932-8718




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