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Richard Deswarte - Digital History 11 June 2013

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Richard Deswarte - Digital History 11 June 2013

  1. 1. Web Archives: A New Class of PrimarySource for Historians?IHR Digital History SeminarIHR Archives and Society Seminar11 June 2013AADDA and Euroscepticism - Preliminary FindingsRichard DeswarteSchool of History, UEA
  2. 2. AADDA and Euroscepticism - Preliminary Findings• Intro to Exploring and Uncovering BritishEurosceptism in the Dark Archive‘• Keyword searching• Qualitative research• Quantitative research• Preliminary thoughts
  3. 3. AADDA and Euroscepticism - Preliminary FindingsKeyword searching – Ngram style• Eurosceptic, Euroscepticism, UKIP, EU, ReferendumParty• Currently only searching 0.5% of domain• Limited results – Eurosceptic 312 returns• Ordering of results – currently host name• Strange returns – Yorkshire Post sports pages,Morning Advertiser• Results/Filters – crawl year, hosts, suffixes, postcode,exclusions
  4. 4. AADDA and Euroscepticism - Preliminary FindingsQualitative research• Needle in haystack• Yes but … serendipity• Useful research queries- i.e. emergence/existence ofwebsites for Referendum Party or UKIP• Crosslinks to other sites• Complimentary tool to IA WayBackMachine• Sentiment analysis tool
  5. 5. Sentiment AnalysisMorning AdvertiserForum postings14 Feb 2007IA WayBackMachineNeutral (14)Very Positive (10)Very Negative (5)Mildly positive (3)Positive (1)
  6. 6. AADDA and Euroscepticism - Preliminary FindingsQuantitative research• False returns – Yorkshire Post; MorningAdvertiser; UKIP software• ‘Clean data’• Postcode filtering• Graphical visualisations
  7. 7. Postcode analysis/filter
  8. 8. 0200400600800100012001400Year 1996 1997 1998 1999 2000 2001 2002 2003 2004 2005 2006 2007 2008 2009EuroscepticismEuroscepticUKIPEU (x100)Referendum PartyKeyword search returns 1996-2010
  9. 9. AADDA and Euroscepticism - Preliminary FindingsPreliminary Thoughts• Tools• Exporting results• Access to full data• ‘False returns’ & ‘clean data’• A unique but problematic primary source(anything & everything almost)
  10. 10. Thank you. Comments and questions welcome.Richard DeswarteSchool of HistoryUEAr.deswarte@uea.ac.uk

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