The HPV Archive

Documenting viral vaccine reactions as a piece of Danish web-history 2012-2017

Purpose: We apply for approx. four weeks of fulltime counsel and support from an IT developer during the autumn 2018 (from August to November) to:
1) transfer current datasets from AAU to AU;
2) develop state-of-the-art storage, management and access plans;
3) suggest new/other tools for analyzing data.

We also apply for three days of feasibility support to elaborate a plan for expanding the HPV archive through access to the DeIC National Cultural Heritage Cluster, which will make the project eligible for grander Grant applications in 2018 and 2019.
The IT developer will collaborate closely with research assistant and Katrine Meldgaard Kjær (Sapere Aude PhD in Cultural Studies) and Marie Louise Tørring (Associate professor in Anthropology and PhD in Medicine). 

Support Type: Project

Description: This project aims to develop the research infrastructure needed to study the 2015 HPV-vaccine related side effect epidemic in Denmark as a historical web-event.

Expected outcomes: The outcome of the project will be:
1) Description of the needed research infrastructure and list of methodological questions.
2) State-of-the-art dataset designed to map the Danish HPV-vaccine controversy.
3) An outline or pilot study using NetLab’s current probe of the Danish Web Domain as a baseline for understanding the emergence of the HPV-vaccine topic online.

We hypothesise that the epidemic rise in stories about HPV-vaccine related side effects – which circulated in Denmark during 2012 to 2017 – was connected to the birth of social media and a historical IT-shift from web domains to Facebook pages and postings. Our basic research questions are: Where, when and how did “HPV-vaccine” emerge as a topic and controversy on the Danish Web? To answer these questions, we need a complete and composite archive that allows us to track the topic across media platforms using Netarkivet, Infomedia and Facebook. A fundamental element in this project is to investigate the methodological questions involved in getting complete and valid data; developing analytical methods to map different types of data; and comparing the development with the overall history of the Danish Web.

Project period: Autumn 2018

Project Team:

Principal investigator: Marie Louise Tørring, Associate Professor
Department of Anthropology, Aarhus University

Stine Hauberg Nielsen, PhD Student
Department of Anthropology, Aarhus University

Katrine Meldgaard Kjær, Sapere Aude PhD in Cultural Studies
Department of Anthropology, Aarhus University