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For those of you interested in working with the Internet Archive, which is perhaps the biggest archive of collective human behavior ever to have been created, we hope you can join us next week at the WIRE Workshop: Working with Internet Archives for Research, taking place at Harvard on June 17.  More info below.

Matthew Weber & David Lazer

WIRE Workshop: Working with Internet Archives for Research
Institute for Quantitative Social Science (IQSS)
Harvard University
1737 Cambridge Street
Cambridge, MA

Tuesday June 17, 2014
Room S010
1pm - 5pm

Please join us on Tuesday for a series of public presentations highlight ongoing research at the intersection of network analysis, large-scale data and archival Internet studies. This workshop is hosted by a team of scholars from Rutgers University, Northeastern University, and the Internet Archive. The aim of the workshop is twofold. The workshop will provide a forum for presentations and discussions of ongoing research involving community development and historical Internet data. Presentation sessions will focus on a variety of themes, derived from ongoing research about online community emergence and evolution. A closing session will be devoted to discussing future research needs and unanswered research questions with regard to data and access to historical Internet records. The workshop will provide a mechanism for discussing the functions that should be incorporated into a prototype historical Web extractor, and for outlining potential research questions to be addressed with a prototype tool and databases. In addition, key questions gathered during the workshop will serve as initial discussion points for the online community that will support ongoing interaction between researchers.

For more information see:


1:00pm – 1:45pm: Opening Session
Welcoming Remarks
Overview of the Archive Hub project and Internet Archive Research
1:45pm - 2:30pm: Internet Archives and Research Potential
Insight into the Internet Archives
Web Wide Crawls
2:30pm – 3:00pm: Research Highlights
Ancient History of the UK Web
3:00pm – 3:30pm: Coffee Break
3:30pm – 5:00pm: Research Highlights
Research Infrastructure for the Study of Archived Web Materials
ALEXANDRIA: Temporal Retrieval, Exploration and Analytics in Web Archives
WebScience and Archival Internet Research
5:00pm – 5:30pm: Challenges for Future Research

David Lazer (pronounced as if it were Lazar)

Professor of Political Science and Computer and Information Science, Northeastern University
Co-Director, NULab for Texts, Maps, and Networks
Director, Program on Networked Governance, Harvard University


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