Thursday, November 12
8:30-9:00am: Registration and light breakfast (Rackham Assembly Hall)
9:00-9:15am: Opening remarks (Rackham Ampitheatre): James Hilton, University Librarian, Dean of Libraries and Vice Provost for Digital Education and Innovation
9:15-10:30am: Keynote: "Atomic Preservation: Adaptive Switching for Web Archiving," Jefferson Bailey, Internet Archive (Rackham Ampitheatre)
This talk will explore current trends in web archiving practices and technologies, using the metaphor of “packet switching” -- that origin concept of the internet -- as a jumping off point for discussing how web archiving extends, agitates, or just plain ol’ ignores previous models for collecting, describing, accessing, and archiving the cultural record. Covering current and upcoming work in harvesting, interoperability, research services, and more, the talk will outline a distributed, adaptive approach to preserving the web.
10:45am-12:00pm: Concurrent panels (Rackham Ampitheatre and East and West Conference rooms)
Panel 1a: Digital Rhetoric: Writing/Speaking For/To the Archive (Rackham West Conference Room)
Moderator: Alex Herd
Jacqueline Wernimont, "Performing Archives: Sensitive Data, Social Justice, and the Performative Frame"
John-Michael Rivera, "Locating WID (Writing Across Documents) Pedagogies in Composition Studies"
Kristian Bjornand, "Towards Purer Content"
Panel 1b: Collection Development: Faculty Collaborations and Imagining Future Research Potential (Rackham East Conference Room)
Moderator: Beau Case
Susanne Belovari, "The Web: Web History and Web Archives"
Christie Peterson, "Relevance and Application of Archival Theory to the Creation and Description of Web Archives"
Panel 1c: Methodology and Challenges: Case Studies from Different Libraries (Rackham Ampitheatre)
Moderator: Deirdre Spencer
Brenda Reyes, "Challenges for Web Archivists: Issues in the Preservation of Digital Cultural Heritage"
Laura Uglean Jackson, "Processing and Appraising Web Archives"
Jen Bonnet, "A Case Study in Ephemeral Digital News Content"
12:15-1:45pm: Lunch on your own
1:45-3:00pm: Keynote: Abigail Grotke, Library of Congress (Hatcher Gallery)
This talk will reflect upon 15 years of Web Archiving at the Library of Congress, addressing lessons learned, policies, approaches, and curatorial decisions that have shaped the Library of Congress’s thematic and event-based archiving program over time.
3:00-3:30pm: Break (Hatcher Gallery)
3:30-4:45pm: Panels (Hatcher and Shapiro Libraries)
Panel 2a: Content or Metadata? Digital Humanists Approach Web Archives (Clark Presentation Space)
Moderator: Nick Ruest
Ed Summers and Bergis Jules, "Documenting the Now: Ferguson and the Social Media Archive"
Matt Burton and Melissa Chalmers, "Digital Taxidermy: The dynamics of preserving dynamic websites as static pages"
Ian Milligan, Jimmy Lin and Jeremy Wiebe, "Between Metadata and Content: Exploring Canadian Political History with Archive-It’s Research Services"
Justin Joque, "Topology and Text: Reading in the Web Archive"
Panel 2b: Collection Development: Part II (Hatcher Gallery Lab)
Moderator: Jordon Steele
Michael Neubert, "Use Cases and Decisions for Collection Development with Web Archives"
Martha Tenney, "Web Archiving and Student Life Documentation"
Maira Bundza, "Lessons to be Learned from the Baltic Countries about Web Archiving"
Panel 2c: Archiving the Umbrella Movement (Shapiro Screening Room)
Moderator: Chris Prom
Charles Chiu, Bobby Glushko, Paul Whittam, Jack Leong, Nicholas Worby
5:30-7:30pm: Reception (Museum of Natural History)
Friday, November 13
8:30-9:00am: Registration and light breakfast (Hatcher Gallery)
9:00-9:15am: Opening Remarks (Hatcher Gallery): Terrence McDonald, Director of the Bentley Historical Library and Arthur F. Thurnau Professor of History
9:15-10:30am: Keynote: Juan Cole, University of Michigan (Hatcher Gallery)
10:40am-12:10pm: Workshops (Hatcher and Shapiro Libraries)
Workshop 1: Using Web Archives (Jefferson Bailey) - Hatcher Gallery
Description: This workshop will explore methods and interfaces for data mining web archive collections. The workshop, intended for both researchers, collection managers, librarians, and archivists, will explain web archive dataset formats, demo indexing, query, and analysis tools, and provide an overview of additional platforms and workflows for studying and visualizing web archive data at scale.
Workshop 2: Text Mining with NLTK (Devin Higgins and Ryan Edge) - 2nd Floor Shapiro Mac Lab (room 2000)
Description: Using web archives as sample datasets, this workshop will provide an introduction to using Python programming and the Natural Language Toolkit (NLTK) to prepare and analyze text. We'll cover the basics of Python data types and provide an overview of NLTK text analysis tools.
Workshop 3: Teaching With Web Archives (Sigrid Anderson Cordell and Nev Koker) - Hatcher Gallery Lab (room 100)
Description: How can we use web archives for teaching? This workshop will focus on pedagogical approaches to using web archives in the classroom as sources of research, objects of study, and as integral components of class discussion.
12:10-1:30pm: Lunch on your own
1:30-2:45pm: Panels (Hatcher and Shapiro Libraries)
Panel 3a: Political Tweets Librarianship and the Political Archive (Hatcher Gallery)
Moderator: Ian Milligan
Kali Braden, Alex Herd, Brian Lau, Magdalene Schifferer, My Anh Truong
Panel 3b: Globalizing Web Archiving Efforts (Clark Presentation Space)
Morderator: Beth Cron
Marion Frank-Wilson, Pamela Graham, Karen Stoll Farrell
2:45-3:15pm: Break (Hatcher)
3:15-4:30pm: Panels (Hatcher and Shapiro Libraries)
Panel 4a: From Crawling Sites to Running a Program: Collection Developing for Web Archives (Shapiro Screening Room)
Moderator: Ed Busch
Trevor Alvord, Roger Christman, Olga Virakhovskaya
Panel 4b: Tools and Technology (Clark Presentation Space)
Moderator: Martin Klein
Vakil Smallen, Seemantani Sharma: "Social Feed Manager"
Nicholas Taylor, "Collaborative Technology Development for Web Archiving"
Kyle Parry, "Designing for Participatory Archival Authoring: Processes and Prospects"
Panel 4c: Capturing the Emergent/Changing Cultural Record (Hatcher Gallery)
Moderator: Ryan Edge
Barbara Alvarez, "Digital Butterflies or How to Capture Facebook Poetry, Videowriting, Interactive Novels and other Fleeting Beauties"
Shannon Lucky, "Nontradtional Digital ARChiving in a Non-Profit Art Community"
Daniel C. Tsang, "Web Archiving Hong Kong's Umbrella Movement"
4:30-5:45pm: Keynote: Ian Milligan, ""Lost in the Infinite Archive? Web Archives for Historical Research Today... and Tomorrow," University of Waterloo (Hatcher Gallery)
Contemporary and future historians need to grapple with and confront the challenges posed by web archives. These large collections of material represent both a challenge and an opportunity to historians. Through these collections, we have the potential to access the voices of millions of non-elite individuals (recognizing of course the cleavages in both Web access as well as method of access). To put this in perspective, the Old Bailey Online currently describes its monumental holdings of 197,745 trials between 1674 and 1913 as the "largest body of texts detailing the lives of non-elite people ever published." GeoCities.com, a platform for everyday web publishing in the mid-to-late 1990s and early 2000s, amounted to over thirty-eight million individual webpages. Historians will have access, in some form, to millions of pages: written by everyday people of various classes, genders, ethnicities, and ages. While the Web was not a perfect democracy by any means – it was and is unevenly accessed across each of those categories – this still represents a massive collection of non-elite speech.
Yet a figure like thirty-eight million webpages is both a blessing and a curse. We cannot read every website, and must instead rely upon discovery tools to find the information that we need. Yet these tools largely do not exist for web archives, or are in a very early state of development: what will they look like? What information do historians want to access?
In this closing talk, "Lost in the Infinite Archive?", I explore what the future of digital methods for historians will be when they need to explore web archives. Drawing on my own research into three datasets - the Internet Archive's 2011 Wide Web Scrape, the Canadian Political Parties Collection, and the GeoCities Archive Team torrent - as well as closing reflections on the Web Archives 2015: Capture, Curate, Analyze conference, I discuss both the state of today, but more importantly, where we might go from here.