Online Courses

“Thanks for an interesting and practical course. It has certainly given me a lot to think about, and many useful ways of approaching my data gathering for my project!”
– Ally McCrow-Young, PhD Fellow, University of Copenhagen

“I finish the course with a much greater understanding of the challenges of modern web archiving, that I had not considered before. And with a bag full of new tricks on how to preserve things online and how to search in web archives. I think that a course like this should be taken by all historians and humanists.”
– Barbara Ana Revuelta-Eugercios, Visiting researcher, Saxo Institute , University of Copenhagen

Online Course in Web Archives and Web Archiving

More than 98% of the world’s data are now digital. A large part of the data are represented on the web, where content is added, deleted and edited constantly and worldwide. Web archiving is the preservation of content, and may be done individually, as well as by large-scale web archiving initiatives. Contemporary studies in the humanities and social sciences need to make use of web archives where earlier documents or versions may be retrieved, and to preserve findings on the live web for future analysis and reference.

The Online Course in Web Archives and Web Archiving will provide an opportunity to build an understanding of how and why archived web content differs from analogous material (such as printed books), and to get significant hands-on experience with web archives and web archiving, based on a focus in your own specific research interests.

Please notice:

  • Web archives are storages of content that has been made public on the web, mostly in the form of websites. Storages of digitised content such as book, movies or city archives are not considered to be “web archives”; even though they may be actual archives that are accessed via the web.
  • Course participants need to have computer skills that allow them to install and use new programs and easily navigate websites.
  • Course participants with access to Netarkivet have full personal responsibility for the legal conditions of how and where they share such content.

The course is offered by NetLab, a national digital research infrastructure, and a community under DIGHUMLAB.

The course is free of charge for researchers and Ph.D. students at Aarhus University, Aalborg University, University of Copenhagen, University of Southern Denmark, or The Royal Danish Library.

There is no fixed date, since the course will be offered as needed on an ongoing basis. A course may be arranged individually or for a group (with a maximum of eight participants). Our capacity is limited to offering the course  2-3 times per semester; applications for the course will be treated on a first-come, first-serve basis.

For researchers, it will be possible to get abbreviated versions of the course according to your specific needs.

For the full course, a course certificate will be issued upon completion.

For Ph.D. students, the course is equivalent to a Ph.D. seminar, counting as 3 ECTS.

The course is also avaliable for graduate students, for more information on this please refer to the course brochure below.

NetLab’s online courses 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.

If you are interested, please take a further look in the brochure. You are welcome to download and send it to colleagues if you consider gathering people for a group course (miximum limit of eight participants).

NetLab Web Archiving Course Brochure

The course is hosted on DIGHUMLAB’s online courses portal. It can be accessed only upon agreement, first you have to be signed up for the course.

If you are interested in taking the course, please fill out and send this course sign-up form. You may also choose to contact us first at: info (at)