PhD Semniar 2014 on Web Archiving and Archived Web

PhD seminar: Web Archiving and Archived Web — a new Research Method, a new Object of Study?

Aarhus University, Denmark, 11-12 June 2014

Getting to Aarhus and Aarhus University
By air
Travelling to/from Aarhus airport
The Aarhus airport Tirstrup is located 40 km north of the city and offers various direct international flights to European capital cities. Please visit their website for information on flight arrival/departure times. There is an airport shuttle bus from Aarhus airport with frequent departures (every 20 minutes after each flight arrival with departures from just outside the main entrance). The fare is DKK 100 (cash) and it takes about 45-50 min. to reach downtown Aarhus. The bus stops at the Aarhus University main campus. More information on airport bus information can be found here or call (+45) 8612 8622. There are direct flights between Aarhus Airport/Tirstrup and Copenhagen International Airport with thirteen daily departures on weekdays and six departures on Saturdays and Sundays. The flight takes 35 minutes. In Copenhagen a free transit bus links the International and Domestic airport terminals.

Travelling to/from Billund airport
Billund airport is located 100 km south of Arhus and has direct international flight connections to many European destinations. Please visit the airport website for more information on arrivals and departures. There is an airport shuttle bus between Aarhus and Billund airport with several daily departures – please click airport link to find more information. The travel time from Billund Airport to downtown Aarhus is approximately 1 hour and 30 minutes. Tickets are sold on the bus for about 130 DKK.

Travelling to/from Copenhagen airport
Please visit the website for more information on arrivals and departures by plane. For connecting trains to Aarhus, please check the website of the national railway operator DSB. Copenhagen airport is connected to Aarhus Airport/Tirstrup with thirteen daily departures on weekdays and six departures on Saturdays and Sundays. The flight takes 35 minutes. In Copenhagen a free transit bus links the International and Domestic airport terminals. Copenhagen airport has direct flight connections to a large number of international destinations.

By train:
Aarhus lies at one of the most important railway junctions in Denmark. There are hourly departures to the north, south and west. From Southern and Central Europe, the connections are via Hamburg/Flensburg. Travel time from Hamburg to Aarhus is approximately five hours. From Eastern European countries train connections to Aarhus go via Poland and Copenhagen. Aarhus has hourly services to and from Copenhagen. The opening of the Tunnel under the Great Belt has shortened the journey by one hour, so now the trip takes three and a half hours. There are several daily connections to Sweden, Germany and the rest of Europe.

Please visit DSB or DSB Journey planner to find all your connection route options. Trains bound for Aarhus railway station leave Copenhagen Airport hourly. The price is about DKK 300 for a one-way ticket (including seat reservation). To buy a ticket at the Copenhagen airport, you should go to the DSB Ticket Sales booth in Terminal 3 just above a rolling sidewalk which takes you down to the train.

By ferry:
Check the Molslinien website for current timetables for ferries to Zealand (Aarhus-Odden).

By car:
Aarhus has direct connections to the great European network of motorways, making it easy to get to most European cities. Hamburg can be reached within roughly four hours. There are also excellent roads to most places in Denmark.

We can recommend the following hotels:


Organised by the Danish Digital Humanities Lab/NetLab & Aarhus University, the PhD programme ‘ICT, Media, Communication and Journalism’

This PhD seminar focus on web archiving and web archives with a view to investigating the nexus between web archiving and web archives as a new research method and as a new object of study. The aim of the seminar is double. On the one hand it is to introduce web archiving as a research method to be used by scholars studying contemporary political, social, and cultural phenomena within the humanities and the social sciences, and, on the other hand, the aim is to introduce to the methodological and theoretical issues related to the use of existing (trans)national web archives, in the main in relation to historical studies involving the web.

Participation as well as coffee and lunch are free of charge. Participants must pay for dinner, travel and accomodation themselves.

The number of participants is limited to 20.

Deadline for submission of application is Monday 31 March 2014. The seminar application consists of a one-page abstract. The abstract can be either a project description or an expression of interest in the field. Please visit the submission website, create an account and submit your abstract.

The lectures and the lecturers:

  • “Virtual Digs: Excavating, Preserving, and Archiving the Web”, Meghan Dougherty, Assistant Professor, Digital Communication, Loyola University Chicago
  • “A Data Driven Approach to Web Archive Research”, Anat Ben-David, post-doctoral researcher with the WebART project, University of Amsterdam
  • “Archiving web material for future research?”, Ditte Laursen, senior researcher and curator at the State Media Archive, State Library in Denmark
  • “Probing a nation’s web sphere”, Niels Brügger, Associate Professor, Aarhus University, Head of the Centre for Internet Studies

Read the full call, including more about the course format, the venue, and how to enrol:
Web Archiving and Archived Web – Call

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