Archives Unleashed Events
Web archives often contain hundreds of billions of web pages, ranging from individual homepages and social media posts to institutional websites. These archives offer tremendous potential for social scientists and humanists, and the questions research may pose stretch across a multitude of fields. Scholars broaching topics dating back to the mid-1990s will find their projects enhanced by web data. Moreover, scholars hoping to study the evolution of cultural and societal phenomena will find a treasure trove of data in web archives. In short, web archives offer the ability to reconstruct large-scale traces of the relatively recent past.
Cognizant that funded project run into sustainability issues following a successful launch, our team has prioritized community building engaging researchers through a series of datathon events.
Datathons provided an opportunity to build a sustainable community around Archives Unleashed tools, scholarly discussion, and training for scholars with limited technical expertise to explore archived web content.
Upcoming Research Opportunities
The Archives Unleashed is launching the Cohort Program to support and facilitate continued engagement with web archives. Research Cohorst will participate in a year-long collaboration while receiving mentorship and support from the Archives Unleashed Team. Cohorts will begin in July 2021 and July 2022.
The Call for Proposals for the first round of cohorts is open until 31 March 2021.
Visit the Cohort Program page for full details.
Our datathon model brings together researchers, programmers, visualization experts, memory institutional professionals and others to collaboratively work with web collections and explore cutting-edge research tools through hands-on experience.
The Archives Unleashed team has had the pleasure of hosting several datathons. Follow the event pages below to learn more about each datathon, including projects completed by attendees.
As part of this Andrew W. Mellon funded project, we have hosted four events:
|26-27 April 2018||Toronto, ON, Canada||University of Toronto Libraries||Toronto Datathon Page|
|1-2 November 2018||Vancouver, BC, Canda||Simon Fraser University Library & KEY||Vancouver Datathon Page|
|21-22 March 2019||Washington, DC, USA||George Washington University Libraries||Washington Datathon Page|
|26-27 March 2020||New York City, NY, USA (ONLINE)||Columbia University Libraries||New York Datathon Page|
|14-15 May 2020||Montreal, QB, Canada||BAnQ & IIPC||[CANCELLED DUE TO COVID-19]|
A series of events pre-dates our Andrew W. Mellon funded Archives Unleashed project:
|March 2016||Toronto, ON, Canada||Robarts Library, University of Toronto Libraries||Archives Unleashed 1.0: Web Archive Hackathon|
|June 2016||Washington, DC, USA||Library of Congress||Archives Unleashed 2.0: Library of Congress|
|February 2017||San Francisco, CA, USA||Internet Archive||Archives Unleashed 3.0: Internet Archive|
|June 2017||London, UK||British Library||Archives Unleashed 4.0: British Invasion!|