Web archives

PI: Dr. Anat Ben David 

Project description

This project addresses the problem of future cultural heritage of Web Archives and of current problems in Web Archive research. The chosen selection and archiving strategies of Web material will have a crucial impact on their future value as cultural heritage.
Thus, this project aims to create tools and set new methodologies for better understanding and better archiving the web, as well as to address the different ongoing challenges in each web platform (whether in the “Open” web, social media platforms, etc.) . 
Proof of Concept study
This POC research aims to address the question: Several years after the 2014 War in Gaza, can its web presence still be preserved? By developing a new method for building retrospective special collections of URLs around this event, we explore various web platforms (Wikipedia, Google, Twitter, and Youtube) and national cultures.

Anat Ben-David, Web Archives as Memoryware: Critical Reflections on Sources and Methods for Web History. A keynote at the 2019 International Internet Preservation Consortium Web Archiving Conference (WAC), hosted by the National and University Library in Zagreb (NSK), June 6-7, 2019. Watch here

Ben-David, A., & Amram, A. (2018). The Internet Archive and the socio-technical construction of historical factsInternet Histories. DOI: 10.1080/24701475.2018.1455412. (AbstractPreprint). 

Team Members

Dan Bareket
Tzipy Lazer-Shoef
Nurit Greidinger
Nehoray Carmi