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.

Team Projects

Team IDG
  • Ben O'Brien (National Library of New Zealand)
  • Carl Cooper (Bodleian Libraries - Oxford University)
  • Kathleen Reed (Vancouver Island University)
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Team BC 2017 Politics
  • Matt Huculak (University of Victoria)
  • Luis Menese (Electronic Textual Cultures Lab, University of Victoria)
  • Nauman Siddique (Old Dominion University)
  • Emily Maemura (University of Toronto)
  • Shahira Khair (University of Victoria)
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Team Wildfyre
  • Janice Bancer (Simon Fraser University Library)
  • Gethin Rees (British Library)
  • Rebecca Dowson (Simon Fraser University)
  • Umar Quasim (University of Alberta)
  • Megan Meredith-Lobay (University of British Columbia)
  • Evan Thornberry (University of British Columbia)
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Team Seeds of Anarchy
  • Brenda Reyes Ayala (University of Alberta)
  • Cindy McLellan (British Columbia Institute of Technology Archives)
  • Ryan Deschamps (University of Waterloo/Archives Unleashed Project)
  • Sustan Paterson (Simon Fraser University)
  • Larissa Ringham (University of British Columbia Library)
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  • 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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Harbour Centre | 555 W Hastings St, Vancouver, BC V6B 4N4

Simon Fraser University Vancouver Campus


Have we got a schedule for you! We will be kicking off the event with some discussion around the project and set up of AUT. After that it's full steam ahead with team project work. A light breakfast and lunch will be provided on both days.

Please click the image below to check out the full Vancouver Datathon schedule!