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Rogers digitalmethods archived_website_30_nov10_optimized

  1. 1. THE WEBSITE AS OBJECT OFHISTORIOGRAPHICAL STUDYPROF. DR. RICHARD ROGERSUNIVERSITY OF AMSTERDAM
  2. 2. THE WEBSITE AS ARCHIVEDOBJECTHow is to be conceptually studied?1) The taming and capturing of the website.2) The preserving and reanimating of the website.*3) The embedded historiographies.*4) The research use of the existing historiographies.*5) How else to use the archived websites for history-writing?
  3. 3. THE WEBSITE AS ARCHIVEDOBJECTHow is conceptually studied?1) The taming and capturing of the website."How can the object of historical study - the website - be delimited,both on the web and as an archived website?"(Brugger, 2009: p. 116)
  4. 4. THE WEBSITE AS ARCHIVEDOBJECTHow is to be conceptually studied?2) The preserving and reanimating of the website.a) "The web is a unique mixture of the ephemeral and thepermanent.b) Specialied tools and techniques are required to ensure thatcontent can be viewed again at a later time.c) Content, once presented, needs to be reconstructed orrepresented in order for others to experience it temporally."(Schneider & Foot, 2004: p. 114)
  5. 5. THE WEBSITE AS ARCHIVEDOBJECTHow is to be conceptually studied?3) The embedded historiographies in Web archivesWayback machine (single-site histories - "biographical" history)LOC & other special collections ("event-based" history)National libraries ("national" history)
  6. 6. THE WEBSITE AS ARCHIVEDOBJECTHow is to be conceptually studied?4) The research use of the existing historiographies.Evidentiary context."Gathering evidence of prior versions of Web sites should beperformed in a careful forensic manner with cognizance of theunderlying technology used in the archiving process."(Howell, 2006: 3)
  7. 7. THE WEBSITE AS ARCHIVEDOBJECTHow is to be conceptually studied?5) How else to use the archived websites for history-writing?a) Read history of web from history of a website? (google.com)b) Read impact of web on Institution? (library, newspaper, court)c) Read societal change or stability from agendas and issue listson governmental and non-governmental websites? (whitehouse.gov)What does the website add to existing histories and history-writing?
  8. 8. THE WEBSITE AS ARCHIVEDOBJECTHow is to be conceptually studied? - Summary1) The taming and capturing of the website.2) The preserving and reanimating of the website.3) The embedded historiographies.4) The research use of the existing historiographies.5) How else to use the archived websites for history-writing?
  9. 9. "Methods for Web history"THANK YOUDigital Methods Initiative, http://www.digitalmethods.netGovcom.org Foundation, http://www.govcom.orgRichard Rogers, University of Amsterdam, rogers@uva.nl

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