[Air-l] Invitation to VKS meeting on Web archiving

Jankowski nickjan at xs4all.nl
Thu Sep 7 05:56:40 PDT 2006


Thanks for this; I will be attending.


At 10:36 AM 9/5/2006, you wrote:
>Apologies for cross postings
>What is the use of Web archiving for research? - 
>a discussion from the point of
>view of the social scientist and humanities scholar
>26 September 2006 - at 13.30 o´clock - at the Virtual Knowledge Studio,
>Cruquiusweg 31, Amsterdam. For directions see www.virtualknowledgestudio.nl
>Increasingly, social scientists and scholars in 
>the humanities are exploring the use of
>the Web in their research as a source of data or 
>research objects. Usually, these
>studies are incorporating "the live Web" because 
>there is no practical alternative. As
>a result, scholars have to cope with the 
>instability of the Web, with ambiguous
>instances of data sources and Web objects, and with the disappearance of Web
>phenomena. This creates strong limitations to 
>the interpretative and explanatory
>power of Web studies.
>This meeting aims to explore a new way of 
>collecting and analyzing the Web: the use
>of Web archives in social science and humanities research. Web archiving has
>already been initiated by a number of national libraries, amongst others the
>Australian, French, American, British and Dutch national libraries. They were
>stimulated by the invention of the Internet 
>Archive in the US. These initiatives can be
>mobilized to create new research possibilities provided they are enriched and
>confronted with the perspectives of the research 
>communities in the humanities and
>social sciences.
>The meeting will explore the potential of Web 
>archiving to enhance existing research
>projects. Prof. Steve Schneider (Web Archivist, 
>State University of New York) will
>give a keynote entitled "Scholarly Web Archiving: Processes, Challenges,
>Techniques &  Tools" (for the abstract, see 
>below). The second part of the meeting
>will be an exploration of the type of research 
>questions that may profit from some
>form of Web archiving. We will also discuss the 
>limitations and conceptual puzzles
>posed by Web archiving as a prospective tool for research.
>We would like to invite you to participate in 
>this discussion. We have reserved room
>in the programme for responses and additional 
>presentations on the topic of Web
>archiving. If you would like to give a 
>presentation or prepared contribution, please
>contact Paul Wouters at paul.wouters at vks.knaw.nl.
>RSVP: please let us know if you will participate in this event
>(paul.wouters at vks.knaw.nl). You will receive a 
>detailed programme of the meeting
>a week in advance.
>Abstract keynote Steve Schneider:
>This presentation will introduce the "VKS Web Archiving Knowledge Base," a
>presentation of current knowledge and understanding concerning scholarly Web
>archiving.  The knowledge base, built on a 
>wiki-like platform, is itself an exercise in
>scholarly Web archiving, and demonstrates in a reflexive mode the processes
>associated with Web archiving, and the 
>challenges Web archiving poses to scholars
>in the humanities and social sciences. The 
>knowledge base also identifies techniques
>and tools that can be deployed to complete each 
>of the processes, reviews recent Web
>archiving projects, and outlines potential 
>projects and collaborative opportunities
>with the Virtual Knowledge Studio.
>Paul Wouters
>Virtual Knowledge Studio for the Humanities and Social Sciences
>Royal Netherlands Academy of Arts and Sciences
>Cruquiusweg 31
>1019 AT Amsterdam, NL
>T: +3120 8500463
>F: +3120 8500271
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