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Web Archives 2015: Capture, Curate, Analyze

University of Michigan Central Campus in Ann Arbor, Michigan

November 12-13, 2015

University of Michigan Central Campus, Ann Arbor, MI

Rackham Amphitheater and Hatcher Graduate Library

Register by October 12. (It’s free!)


While research in almost all disciplines increasingly relies on evidence gleaned from websites, social media platforms, and other online resources, we are still just figuring out how to preserve web materials for future use. As instructors and scholars embrace these primary sources and discover new and innovative ways to interact with web data, their efforts are aligned--knowingly or not--with those of developers and curators.

Web Archives 2015 brings together developers, curators, and researchers to explore the following questions:

  • How do collecting policies and appraisal decisions shape web archives?  
  • How can web archives be effectively integrated with classroom instruction and academic discourse in general?  
  • How do available resources and technologies influence the extent and success of web captures?  
  • How do scholars want to access and interact with web archives?  
  • How can individual scholars ensure that the materials that they need will be available both for their research and for documenting their work?  
  • What tools can optimize the use and reuse of archived websites and online materials?  
  • What measures of confidence does the academic community have in the use of archived websites for research?  
  • How can librarians, archivists, and technologists preserve the functionality and utility of complex web resources over the long-term?

Hosted by the Bentley Historical Library and University of Michigan Library, this two-day multi-disciplinary conference will provide a forum to explore ideas, tools, and methodologies for creating and managing web archives and better understand the scholarly and research needs of those working in the field.   

Keynote Speakers:

Jefferson Bailey (Internet Archive)

Abbie Grotke (Library of Congress)

Juan Cole (University of Michigan)

Ian Milligan (Waterloo University)

About the Hosts:

The University of Michigan Library is one of the world's largest academic research libraries and serves a vibrant university community that is home to 19 schools and colleges, 100 top ten graduate programs, and annual research expenditures approaching $1.5 billion a year. To enable the university's world-changing work and to serve the public good, the library collects, preserves, and shares the scholarly and cultural record in all existing and emerging forms, and leads the reinvention of the academic research library in the digital age.

The Bentley Historical Library collects the materials for and promotes the study of the histories of two great, intertwined institutions, the State of Michigan and the University of Michigan.  The library’s holdings include materials from more than 10,000 individual and organizational donors and comprise more than 45,000 linear feet of primary source material, 10,000 maps, 80,000 printed volumes, and 1.5 million photographs in addition to extensive collections of of digitized and born-digital archives.  The Bentley launched its web archiving program in 2000 to complement its holdings and advance its mission of documenting the university and state.  Since joining a subscription service in 2010, staff have employed essential archival principles and strategies to create a focused collection of more than 1,500 archived websites, with more than 3.7 TB of data.  

Sponsored by:

The University of Michigan Library

The Bentley Historical Library

The University of Michigan School of Information

Michigan State University Libraries and the University Archives

The Institute for Humanities at the University of Michigan

Internet Archive

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