Web archives as sites of collaboration
Openness to collaboration has been one of the defining characteristics of web archiving and web archive studies from the outset. The challenges posed by the archiving and preservation of born-digital data, including web archives, are simply too great to be solved by individuals or single organisations. This keynote will present some of the partnerships which have moved the field forward in the past decade, suggest some new avenues for collaboration in the future, and consider how the required knowledge and skills can be developed within universities and the cultural heritage sector to ensure that current web archiving initiatives are sustainable.
Jane Winters is a Professor of Digital Humanities and Pro-Dean for Libraries in the School of Advanced Study at the University of London. She is responsible for developing digital humanities and has led or co-directed a range of digital projects.
Some of Jane’s digital projects include Big UK Domain Data for the Arts and Humanities; Digging into Linked Parliamentary Metadata; Traces through Time: Prosopography in Practice across Big Data; the Thesaurus of British and Irish History as SKOS; and Born Digital Big Data and Approaches for History and the Humanities.
Jane is a Fellow and Councillor of the Royal Historical Society, and a member of RESAW (Research Infrastructure for the Study of the Archived Web), the Academic Steering & Advocacy Committee of the Open Library of Humanities, the Advisory Board of the European Holocaust Research Infrastructure, the Advisory Board of Cambridge Digital Humanities, and the UK UNESCO Memory of the World Committee.
Jane’s research interests include digital history, born-digital archives (particularly the archived web), big data for humanities research, peer review in the digital environment, text editing and open access publishing.
Recent publications include:
- ‘Giving with one hand, taking with the other: e-legal deposit, web archives and researcher access’, in Electronic Legal Deposit: Shaping the Library Collections of the Future, ed. Paul Gooding and Melissa Terras (London: Facet Publishing, 2019);
- ‘Negotiating the born digital: a problem of search‘, Archives and Manuscripts, 47:4 2019;
- ‘Negotiating the archives of UK web space‘, in The Historical Web and Digital Humanities: the Case of National Web Domains, ed. Niels Brügger and Ditte Laursen (London: Routledge, 2019);
- ‘Web archives and (digital) history: a troubled past and a promising future?’ in The SAGE Handbook of Web History, ed. Niels Brügger and Ian Milligan (SAGE Publications Ltd., 2019)
A full list of publications is available HERE