NetLab Events

Upcoming Events

Workshop on Network Analysis, Gephi and the Archived Web, June 2 2022, 09:00 – 16:00 hours at Helsingforsgade 14, Aarhus.

Have you ever wondered how you could analyse relations between individuals, companies, organisations, web pages or any other set of entities? Then this workshop on network analysis and the software tool Gephi may be of interest to you. The aim of the workshop is threefold: (1) To briefly introduce to network analysis as a method within the social sciences and within studies of hyperlinks on the online web; (2) To introduce to the specific challenges related to making hyperlink and network analysis of the archived web; (3) To introduce the basics of the network analysis software tool Gephi (

The workshop will be a mix of presentations about theories of network analysis as a method and about the software, combined with individual and joint exercises, including hands-on experience in using the software. For the exercises one dataset will be constructed at the workshop, and another dataset of archived hyperlinks will be provided. Exercises will be as generic as possible so that the insights they generate can be used in the participants own research projects or teaching.

After the workshop you will have a general understanding of network analysis, and you will be able to perform basic network analyses of hyperlinks and other entities using Gephi. The workshop is relevant for anyone who wants to dig into network analysis and Gephi. Given that focus is also on the archived web it is an advantage if participants have attended NetLab’s general workshop on the archived web, but this is not mandatory. Depending on the participants the workshop will be in either English or Danish.

NetLab’s workshops are available as a free service to researchers in the humanities and social sciences in the DIGHUMLAB partner institutions. Please refer to our Terms of Service for more information, including pricing for non-DIGHUMLAB affiliates.

You can sign up for the workshop by emailing NetLab’s project coordinator Asger Harlung asger [AT] Deadline for signing up is 19 May 2022.

Other events

Other upcoming NetLab event are our bi-annual PhD workshop on August 13 2020, and on January 14 2021, both in aarhus from 10 AM to 4 PM.

The next NetLab Forum will be in the autumn of 2021. It will be announced here, and in our newsletter. If you wish to subsciribe to the newsletter, you may find the sigh-up page here.

Past events

NetLab Forum November 1 2019, 09:30-12:00

Location: Ada (building 5342), room 333, Helsingforsgade 15, 8200 Aarhus N


Lecture by Anne Helmond

The Centre for Internet Studies and NetLab/DIGHUMLAB are excited to welcome Dr. Anne Helmond. Anne is Assistant Professor of New Media and Digital Culture at the University of Amsterdam. She is a member of the Digital Methods Initiative and App Studies Initiative research collectives where she focuses her research on the history and infrastructure of social media platforms and apps. Her research interests include digital methods, software studies, platform studies, app studies, infrastructure studies and web history.

“The multivalency of web archives for platform and app historiography”

This presentation discusses the archival challenges and research opportunities of new ephemeral digital objects such as platforms and apps. How are these objects currently being archived, what is being archived, where, and by whom? To help answer these questions, this presentation puts forward a method for assessing the source availability of social media platforms and apps in web archives using MemGator. The source availability for these objects raises the question to what extent web archives need to reconsider their archiving strategies with the changing nature of the web, which no longer solely revolves around interlinking websites, but now also consists of ‘walled garden’ social media platforms and their connected mobile apps. As archival strategies often focus on the ‘front-end’ user interface and on user data, web archives could be said to privilege cultural histories of social media and apps. A call is being made for archiving more broadly and deeply beyond the end-user interface in order to enable medium histories.

Presentations from Projects with NetLab IT Developer Support

The Historical Development of Tracking and e-Commerce on the Danish Web / Janne Nielsen, Assistant Professor, AU

mHealth in Denmark: Findings from the web archive / Antoinette Fage-Butler & Loni Ledderer, Associate Professors, AU

You can read more about the Projects With IT developer Support here.

This NetLab Forum event was the last part of a series of two lectures and a workshop, co-hosted by Centre for Internet Studies (CFI) and NetLab/DIGHUMLAB, AU. The Helmond lecture for the CFI part of the event was titled: “Websites, platforms, and apps: Examining the techno-commercial evolution of digital objects and digital ecosystems”, and followed by a workshop titled “Platform historiography: Using web archives to write platform and app histories”. A full event description may be found here.

Netlab Forum April 26, 12:00-15:00


Presentations on projects with NetLab’s IT Developer help:

  • The Banalization of English in Denmark / Ushma Chauhan Jacobsen, Associate Professor
  • The Historical Development of Tracking and e-Commerce on the Danish Web / Janne Nielsen, Assistant Professor
  • Digital Connectivity in the Danish Public Sector / Tanja Svarre, Associate Professor
  • Public Legitimacy of Personalised Medicine in Denmark / Lea Skovgaard, Ph.D. student


De danske partier og web omkring årtusindeskiftet / Max Odsbjerg Pedersen about his MA thesis about the history of Danish political elections on the web.


Towards a Computer Proficiency Test – Transforming Skills to a Test Matrix / Asger Harlung, NetLab

Full program and venue information can be found here: Download Program.

You can sign up for NetLab Forum April 26, 2019 here: Signup, or from the NetLab Newsletter going out on April 4, 2019.

NetLab Forum

November 28 from 10:00 to 13:00

Final program:

10:00-11:00: Losing the News: Web Archives and the State of News Media

Matt Weber, Associate Professor in the Hubbard School of Journalism and Mass Communication at the University of Minnesot

11.15-12.15: Presentations of Research Projects Supported with IT Developer Help:

a) Re-scheduling Television in the Digital Era (Hanne Bruun

b) mHealth in Denmark: Findings from the web archive (Antoinette Fage-Butler, Loni Ledderer)

c) The HPV Archive (Katrine Meldgaard Kjær, Marie Louise Tørring)

12:15-12:45: Online Temporalities, Places, News and Materialities

Henrik Bødker, Niels Brügger

12:45-13:00: AOB

Download full program with abstracts and directions as pdf

Matt Weber Presentation

Hanne Bruun Presentation

Fage-butler and Ledderer Presentation

NetLab Forum plus Open Lecture and Workshop, co-hosted with The Centre for Internet Studies

May 31 from 9 AM to 4 PM (three separate events, see detailed program)

On Thursday 31 May, The Centre for Internet Studies and NetLab/DIGHUMLAB are pleased to host two talks and a workshop by Dr. Anat Ben-David, senior lecturer in the department of Sociology, Political Science and Communication at The Open University of Israel and co-founder of the Open University’s Open Media and Information Lab (OMILab). Dr. Ben-David’s research interests include history and geopolitics of the Web, Digital STS, social and political studies of social media, and digital and computational methods for Web research. On this occasion she will present her work on debunking the Internet Archive’s Wayback Machine as a monolithic device, on analyzing politicians’ discourse on Facebook, and on doing historical network analysis.


09.00 – 10.00: Open lecture, Incuba, Small Auditorium

The Internet Archive and the Socio-Technical Construction of Historical Facts

10.00 – 13.00: Workshop, Ada 333

Archive vs. Newsfeed: A proposition for building alternative knowledge spaces from Facebook data

14.00 – 16.00: NetLab Forum meeting, Ada 333

Historical network analysis with the archived web

Please see the full programme (file below), including abstracts, in the attachment and sign up for the workshop and NetLab Forum meeting by emailing Janne (janne (AT) before 22 May. It is not necessary to sign up for the lecture.

We hope to see many of you!

Full Program for the Day

Anat Ben-David Open Lecture

NetLab Forum

May 4 from 1 PM to 3 PM


  • ​Emily Maemura will present findings from her study on the use of materials within Netarkivet and the curatorial choices that have shaped the collection.
  • Presentation of the new interface for Netarkivet.

A more detailed program will be sent out about a week before the event.

Slides: Emily Maemura presentation – Niels Brügger presentation

NetLab Forum

February 27 from 1 PM to 3 PM

Please see full program below program for all presentations and details. A few highlights:

Emily Maemura has recently arrived and will stay at NetLab as a guest researcher from February to May. She will give a presentation called:

“If These Crawls Could Talk: Studying and Documenting Web Archives Provenance”

An abstract for the presentation can be found in the full program.

A new report (under publication as this email goes out) on user perspectives on archived web will also be introduced:

“The Study of Archived Web: User perspectives” by Maria Costea.

Full program: 180227_NetLab-Forum-agenda

Slides: Emily Maemura presentation – Maria Costea presentation – Asger Harlung presentation

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.