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Digital Methods events including NetLab Forum

November 16-17 2017, Centre for Internet Studies

On November 16 and 17, Centre for Internet Studies and NetLab will host a series of events featuring Richard Rogers, Professor of New Media and Digital Culture at the University of Amsterdam and director of the Digital Methods Initiative.

The Digital Methods Initiative (DMI) is one of the leading research groups within Internet Studies, and they specialise in designing methods and tools for repurposing online devices and platforms (Twitter, Facebook, Google etc.) for research into social and political issues. Instead of migrating existing social science methods onto the web as is often the practice within the social sciences, DMI writes and repurposes tools specifically designed to run online. The DMI toolbox includes, among other things, tools that can extract URLs from different sources, scrape images, extract datasets from Facebook, scrape Pinterest for pins, capture tweets, extract data from YouTube, compare images across language versions of wikipedia etc. One of the most well-known tools developed by DMI is the Issue Crawler, a server-side Web crawler, co-link machine and graph visualizer, which maps online networks working in the same issue area (cf.

Richard Rogers is the author of Digital Methods (MIT Press, 2013), which won ICA’s Outstanding Book Award in 2014, The End of the Virtual (Amsterdam University Press, 2009), Information Politics on the Web (MIT Press, 2004/2005) and many other publications.

The two days will include:

1) A lecture with a broad introduction to Digital Methods, hosted by the Centre for Internet Studies. The lecture is open for all.

2) A workshop for researchers at Media Studies and Information Studies.

3) A workshop for students at Media Studies (all semesters, max. 25 students will be able to participate).

4) A talk (possibly also a short workshop) about Digital Methods and the archived web, hosted by NetLab Forum.

Sign up:
It is now possible to sign up for the workshops on Digital Methods and the pre-sessions (see programme below), please use this link:
The deadline for signing up is Friday 15 September. Please notice that a limited number of seats for the workshops are available. We will send out information about attendance after the deadline.

Thursday 16 November:
9-10: Lecture by Richard Rogers with a broad introduction to Digital Methods. The lecture, hosted by the Centre for Internet Studies, is open for all, so you don’t have to sign up for the lecture in advance. It will take place in
Incuba (building 5510), room 104 (the small auditorium).
10-13: Workshop for researchers about Digital Methods, focus on online web.
14-17: Workshop for students about Digital Methods, focus on online web.

Friday 17 November:
10-11: Presentation at NetLab Forum about Digital Methods, focus on archived web (followed by the rest of the NetLab Forum 11-12).

Friday 10 November:
9.30-11.30: Pre-session for students with discussion about Rogers’ book Digital Methods.
13-15: Pre-session for researchers with discussion about Rogers’ book Digital Methods.


Second RESAW Conference

June 14-15 2017, School of Advanced Study, University of London

The second web archives conference organised under the auspices of RESAW (A Research Infrastructure for the Study of Archived Web Materials) was held at the School of Advanced Study, University of London on 14-15 June 2017. The inaugural conference, Web Archives as Scholarly Sources: Issues, Practices and Perspectives, was held at Aarhus University, Denmark in June 2015.

Several presentation slideshows and papers from the event can be found at: Web Archiving Week AbstractsThe original call for papers can be found here: Call for Papers.


NetLab Forum

April 5 2017 from 9:00 to 11:30

Guest presenter: Jane Winters, Professor of Digital Humanities, School of Advanced Studies, University of London.


1) Since we met last

2) Demonstrating the value and potential of web archives for different audiences, presentation by Jane Winters, Professor of Digital Humanities, School of Advanced Studies, University of London

This informal presentation will discuss ways of highlighting the value of web archives for a range of different audiences, from policymakers to the general public. It will draw on the experience of the Big UK Domain Data for the Arts and Humanities project, as well as on two public engagement events held as part of national humanities festivals in the UK. Key to showcasing the potential of this new type of primary source is addressing the question of ‘What’s in it for me?’, and the answer to this question will, of course, vary enormously between different stakeholder groups. Consequently, while a case study approach is particularly useful for engaging researchers, other methods also need to be explored. These range from writing for popular journals like BBC History magazine to organising public debates focused on the role of web archives in combating ‘fake news’. Read more about Jane here:

3) NetLab will soon launch an online course about web archiving, Asger will briefly introduce the course material and the ideas behind the course.

4) Probing a nations web domain, Niels (and possibly Janne, Ulrich, NetLab & Per Møldrup-Dalum, Royal Danish Library Aarhus)

Brief presentation of the research project and status.

5) Any other business


Workshop on National Webs

December 8-9 2016, Aarhus University and the State Library, Denmark

Research workshop: The Historical Development of the Danish Web

How can you study national webs? How are national webs today different from how they were 10 years ago? Is it possible to compare national webs? And what are the IT-related challenges when doing these kinds of studies?

These are some of the questions that were addressed at a workshop on national webs, organised by the research project ‘The Historical Development of the Danish Web’ (supported by the Danish Ministry of Culture), in collaboration with NetLab, Aarhus University, and the State Library, Denmark.

Workshop on National Webs (PDF, 505 kB)

Practical information for visitors, program and presentations from the event can be found here.