On these pages we build a growing catalogue of ideas for research using archived web, either as a main topic, or as a resource supporting other resources and methods. We will include ideas suggested at our workshops, or in the Netlab Forum sessions (please see “Services” for further information on workshops and Netlab Forum).

Presently we will only outline a short list of primary suggestions, all of which could be outlined as direct web studies, or as studies including patterns found in archived web, but we encourage readers to contribute to the list to make it grow.

The following list of ideas for studies within different scientific disciplines is only an appetiser, so to speak. The potentials for archived web are not limited to the scientific disciplines listed, and most of the ideas will have potential in a wide variety of cross disciplinary studies.

History studies:

Patterns and developments in political discourse a) in web debates, b) in public service and public office websites.

Trends in society as reflected and spread through online discourse.

Psychology/sociology/anthropology/literature/media and other studies in Humanities and the arts:

Modes of self expression (in area X) online and how it has developed over time.

Online resources; importance and impact (on area X).

Tracing patterns and sources of public beliefs and convictions.

Online resources past and present, supporting a specific field of study, for example genre or period studies.

Business studies:

Management discourse in online articles and debates.

The business impact of professional and/or non-professional reviews.

Science and Technology:

Metastudies of resources.

Studies of dissemination and public impact.


Impact, effect and locations of patient groups.

Public attitudes to health topics and their origins.

Learning and pedagogy:

How and where do people learn.

How (and to what extent) people can tell reliable sources from unreliable ones.

Source criticism criterias for online resources.