Washington, DC 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 George Washington University Libraries 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 http://archivesunleashed.org/.

Team Projects

Team: #metoo Group 1
  • Angela Woodall, Columbia University
  • Jane Kelly, Schlesinger Library, Radcliffe Institute, Harvard University
  • Michael Nashed, Bibliotheca Alexandria
  • Sarah McTavish, University of Waterloo
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Team: #metoo Group 2
  • Yoo Young Lee, University of Ottawa
  • Christie Moffatt, National Library of Medicine
  • Anna St.Onge, York University Libraries
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Team: DC Punk Media Unleashed
  • Grace Thomas, Library of Congress
  • James Jacobs, Stanford University
  • Laura Wrubel, George Washington University
  • Oliver Kiechle, Heinrich-Heine-University Duesseldorf
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Team: Kompromat
  • Ed Summers, University of Maryland
  • Gregory Wiedeman, University at Albany, SUNY
  • Helena Byrne, British Library
  • Shawn Walker, Arizona State University
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Team: Psyarchives
  • Ryan Deschamps, University of Waterloo
  • Mario Nakazawa, Berea College
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Team: Punkavists
  • Chase Dooley, Library of Congress
  • Roger Gillis, Dalhousie University
  • Rachel Trent, George Washington University
  • Jennifer Weintraub, Schlesinger Library, Radcliffe Institute, Harvard University
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  • Ian Milligan (University of Waterloo)
  • Laura Wrubel (George Washington University)
  • Dan Kerchner (George Washington University)
  • Rachel Trent (George Washington University)
  • Robin Delaloye (George Washington University)
  • Nick Ruest (York University)
  • Jimmy Lin (University of Waterloo)
  • Samantha Fritz (University of Waterloo)


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We are looking forward to spending a couple of days with with our participants. We will be kicking off the event with some discussion around the project and set up of the Archives Unleashed Toolkit. After that it’s full steam ahead with team project work. A light breakfast and lunch will be provided on both days, and there will be plently of coffee and tea throughout the event!

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