Digital Conversations Event on The Scholarly Use of Web Archives – Digital scholarship blog

By Gretchen | October 14, 2013

by Stella Wisdom

The Digital Research & Curator Team had organised a number of thought-provoking events throughout 2011 and 2012. However, these were only open to British Library staff and we thought that it was now time to share Digital Conversations with a wider audience.


Our theme for the first public Digital Conversations event: The Scholarly Use of Web Archives, had been suggested by our colleagues in the British Library’s Web Archiving Team and we were delighted to invite international experts to speak: Richard Rogers, Professor of New Media and Culture and Chair of Media Studies at the University of Amsterdam and Niels Brügger, Director and an Associate Professor of Internet Studies at the Centre for Internet Studies, Aarhus University, Denmark.

They were joined by Helen Hockx-Yu, Head of Web archiving at the British Library; David Berry, Reader in Digital Media in the School of Media, Film and Music at the University of Sussex  and Michel Hockx, Professor of Chinese at SOAS, University of London.

David Gauntlett, Professor of Media and Communications at the University of Westminster, moderated the event and effectively kept the schedule running on time.

Many interesting questions were raised by both the speakers and the audience; these included:

  • Is the term web archive holding back archiving the web?
  • How do we capture the ephemerality and changeability of websites?
  • Should we and can we preserve apps?
  • Do we need an international project for web archiving?
  • What analytical tools and skills do we need to effectively use web archive resources in research?

Read full post here. (Originally posted September 27, 2013)