New York Datathon

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The World Wide Web has had a profound impact on how we research and understand the past. The sheer amount of cultural information that is generated and, crucially, preserved every day in electronic form, presents exciting new opportunities for researchers. Much of this information is captured within web archives.

The project team invites archivists, researchers (from the humanities, social sciences, and beyond), librarians, computer scientists, and web archiving enthusiasts to join us over the course of two days to collaboratively work with web collections and explore cutting-edge research tools through hands-on experience.

The Archives Unleashed Team has partnered with Columbia University Libraries to host the fourth Archives Unleashed datathon.

This event will bring together a small group of approximately 15-20 participants to experiment with the newest release of the Archives Unleashed Toolkit and Cloud, and to kick-off collaboratively inspired research projects. Participants will have access to analytics software and specialists, and will be exposed to the process of working with web archive files at scale.

For more information on AUT and the Cloud, please visit


  • Ian Milligan (University of Waterloo)
  • Pamela Graham (Columbia University)
  • Samantha Abrams (Ivy Plus Libraries Confederation))
  • Alexander Thurman (Columbia University)
  • Nick Ruest (York University)
  • Jimmy Lin (University of Waterloo)
  • Samantha Fritz (University of Waterloo)


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Date Location
16 September 2019 Call for Participation
16 October 2019 Second Call for Participation
1 November 2019 Submissions Due
12 November 2019 Applicants notified

Call for Participation

New York Datathon Call for Participation


Those interested in participating should submit the following to the Archives Unleashed Team ( by midnight Eastern Standard Time on 1 November 2019:

  • a 250-word expression of interest;
  • a short one-page CV; and
  • Indication of need for financial assistance to travel to event (if applicable)

This expression of interest should address your background and interests in web archiving, and what you would hope to get out of working with tools and web archive data at scale.

Travel Grants

This event is possible thanks to the generous support of the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation , Columbia University Libraries, University of Waterloo’s Faculty of Arts , York University Libraries , Compute Canada, and Start Smart Labs.

The Archives Unleashed team is pleased to offer modest travel grants to help attendees participate in this event. These grants can cover up to $1,000 USD in travel expenses. If you require financial assistance to attend the event, please explicitly indicate in your statement of interest that you would like to be considered for the travel grant.