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Call for Proposals: The Scholarly Use of Web Archives

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Each year the International Internet Preservation Consortium holds a day-long public conference in conjunction with their General Assembly. This year’s theme is Scholarly Access to Web Archives: Progress, Requirements, and Challenges, the open meeting will be held Thursday, April 25, 2013 in Ljubljana, Slovenia.

Presentations are sought that will contribute to the discussion of the scholarly use of web archives, including but not exclusive to

  • the ways in which web archives are currently used by scholars and researchers,
  • how scholars would like to use web archives but cannot due to IP or technical barriers,
  • a discussion of web archives as scholarly resources, and
  • how to provide scholarly access to web archives.

Examples of specific collections that are created for specific scholarly uses, and examples of how broad or domain-wide collections are used in a scholarly context are encouraged.

Video: Social Scientists Using Web Archives to Study World News

Limited, half-day time-slots are also available for workshops or training for specific web archiving tools, concepts, or issues. Past workshops included a legal issues discussion, a hands-on Hadoop training, and a Crowdsourcing exercise. Workshops will be presented on Friday, April 26, 2013 in Ljubljana, Slovenia.

If you are interested in proposing a presentation or workshop see the detailed instructions at the IIPC website. Proposals are due  February 22, 2013. The program will be announced March 4, 2013.

2013 is the ten-year anniversary of the IIPC. The IIPC is a membership organization dedicated to improving the tools, standards, and best practices of web archiving while promoting international collaboration and the broad access and use of web archives for research and cultural heritage.

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