New York Datathon

New York Skyline


We invite 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 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)


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.

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


Thank you for your interest in the Archives Unleashed Datathon! Submissions to attend the March 2020 event at Columbia University, NY have now closed.

However, you may want to check out:

  • Montreal Datathon, 14-15 May 2020. Call for Participation is open until 1 Dec 2019 @ midnight (EST). This event directly follows the IIPC Web Archiving Conference. Please visit the Montreal datathon event page for submission details.


Columbia University | Butler Library | 535 West 114th St., New York, NY 10027, USA

Butler Library

The Butler Library is located at the south end of the Morningside campus. The only public entrance is available through the campus side. General directions to the Butler Library are provided by Columbia University Libraries. The closest transit stops include the West 116th Street subway station (on the 1 train) or bus stop (M104, M4, M60).

Once you arrive at the Butler Library, you will need to check in at the Library Information Office with a piece of ID, which is just inside the entrance, and then you can head to Room 203.

Travel to New York

The Archives Unleashed team has put together some information and resources to help with your travel plans.


There are many choices for accommodations in the NY area! We encourage all of our out-of-town participants to check out the MTA - New York City Transit Map to help spot areas close to campus and transit lines. The Butler Library is located near Columbia’s main gate at W. 116th St and Broadway.

Staying in New York City doesn’t have to break the bank, which is why we like using some of the following aggregators to compare hotel rates:


For guests flying into New York, there are three main airports with several options for reaching downtown.

Airport Distance to Columbia University Notes
John F. Kennedy International Airport (JFK) ~ 17 Miles Located in Queens and primarily handles international flights
LaGuardia Airport (LGA) ~ 8 Miles Located in Queens and mainly handles domestic flights
Newark International Airport (EWR) ~ 20 Miles Newark, in Newark, New Jersey, handles both domestic and international flights

There are several options for getting to the downtown core from each airport, including by subway, bus, taxi, and shared vehicle.

  • JFK Airport Transportation

    • AirTrain - provides transportation around the airport and to subway and LIRR connections.
    • Public Transportation - The AirTrain links all passenger terminals with NYC’s Subway. AirTrain fares are separate from Subway, but can both be paid using the MetroCard. Detailed transportation options to Manhattan can be found here; fares start at $2.75USD.
    • Taxi - stands are located outside each terminal. Taxis at JFK Airport charge a flat fare of $52 for trips between the airport and Manhattan (tolls and tips not included). Be sure to check out taxi tips provided on the JFK webpage.
    • Car, Van and Scheduled Bus Service - Reservations can be made at the Port Authority Welcome Center located on the Arrivals level of each terminal. Individual car rentals are also available.
  • LaGuardia Airport Transportation

    • Metropolitan Transportation Authority (MTA) - buses and connection to the subway for service between LaGuardia Airport, Manhattan, Queens and beyond. A one-way trip on MTA buses or subways costs $2.75USD. MetroCards can be purchased at MetroCard vending machines throughout Airport terminals.
    • Metered taxi service is available at all LaGuardia Airport terminal buildings.
    • Car or Shared ride service - reservation for a private car or various shared ride service can be made through the Welcome Center located on the arrivals level of each terminal.
  • Newark Airport Transportation

    • AirTrain - provides transportation to, from, and around Newark Liberty International Airport, and can connect you to NJ Transit.
    • Public Transportation - There are several options both to and from Newark via public transportation.
    • Taxi - To use ground transportation, vists the Port Authority Welcome Center located in the arrivals area of each terminal. Rates will depend on drop off location; fare to New York City/Manhattan area ranges from $50-70USD, not including tolls or tips.
    • Car, Van and Scheduled Bus Service - Reservations can also be made directly at the Port Authority Welcome Center located on the Arrivals level of each terminal. A number of options are available.

Downtown Transit

While you are in New York there are a few ways to get around, but ultimately it will depend on how close you are to the University. The Butler Library is located at the south end of the Morningside campus (near Columbia’s main gate at W. 116th St and Broadway) and is easily accessible by public transportation or by foot from most areas of downtown New York.

  • Public Transport

    • MTA Subways and Buses - Pay-per-ride MetroCard, a single subway or local bus ride costs $2.75USD for standard buses, and $6.50USd for express buses. Fares can be paid in cash or byMetroCard. You can purchase MetroCard at all subway stations, at the Station Booth or at MetroCard Vending Machines. You will need to put a minimum value of $5.50 on the card, not including the card fee ($1).
  • Rideshare Apps - - Uber and Lyft are available in New York City, NY. You can download the apps and book a ride easily.

  • Taxis - Want to ride in the iconic Yellow Taxi? Fun fact, these yellow taxis are the only vehicles that are allowed to pick passengers up in response to a street hail across the entire city Cite 1.


For those adventurers who’d like to check out New York attractions, you may want to check out the Official Visitor’s Guide to New York City. Some of our favourite spots to visit include:

  • Empire State Building Observatory - check out the stunning 360 degree view of the city from a building that has its own zip code!
  • Statue of Liberty - this iconic statue was a gift from the French in 1886 as a symbol of freedom and democracy. Visitors can tour the pedestal or crown!
  • Times Square - there’s never a dull moment when you visit what has been referred to as “The Crossroads of the World”.
  • Central Park - this urban park covers 843 acres and includes various landscapes (geological, wooded areas and watercourses), landmarks, sculptures, exhibits, recreational facilities, and is home to over 571 species.
  • The Met - Visit the largest art museum in the world, home to over two million works.
  • Rockefeller Center - this urban complex stretch over 22 acres, was constructed during the Depression Era and is home to several landmark buildings including Radio City and original Art Deco structures.
  • Yankee Stadium - catch a game or tour!
  • Brooklyn Bridge - you can view, walk tips, or cycle this beautiful 136 year old landmark.
  • Staten Island Ferry - enjoy a beautiful ride along the New York Harbour.


Coming Soon!

(For those that need a general timeline for travel planning, please note the event will run 9:00 - 5:00pm on Thursday and 9:00 - 4:40pm on Friday).