Vancouver 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 Simon Fraser University Library, and KEY (SFU’s Big Data initiative) to host the next Archives Unleashed datathon.

This event will bring together a small group of approximately 15-20 participants to experiment with the newest release of AUT (Archives Unleashed Toolkit) and the Archives Unleashed 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

Check to see when Archives Unleashed will be near you…

Date Location
26-27 April 2018 Toronto, ON
1-2 November 2018 Vancouver, BC
May 2019 United States East Coast
November 2019 United States West Coast

Travel Grants

This event is possible thanks to the generous support of the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation , Simon Fraser University Library , SFU Key , 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 CAD 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.


Those interested in participating should submit the following to the Archives Unleashed Team ( by midnight Eastern Standard Time on 16 July 2018:

  • 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.


Date Location
4 June 2018 Call for Participation
29 June 2018 Second Call for Participation
16 July 2018 Submissions Due
27 July 2018 Applicants notified


  • Ian Milligan (University of Waterloo)
  • Rebecca Dowson (Simon Fraser University)
  • Nick Ruest (York University)
  • Jimmy Lin (University of Waterloo)
  • Samantha Fritz (University of Waterloo)


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