The Historical Web and Digital Humanities fosters discussions between the Digital Humanities and web archive studies by focussing on one of the largest entities of the web, namely national and transnational web domains such as the British, French, or European web.
With a view to investigating whether, and how, web studies and web historiography can inform and contribute to the Digital Humanities, this volume contains a number of case studies and methodological and theoretical discussions that both illustrate the potential of studying the web, in this case national web domains, and provide an insight into the challenges associated with doing so. Commentary on and possible solutions to these challenges are debated within the chapters and each one contributes in its own way to a web history in the making that acknowledges the specificities of the archived web.
The Historical Web and Digital Humanities will be essential reading for those with an interest in how the past of the web can be studied, as well as how Big Data approaches can be applied to the archived web. As a result, this volume will appeal to academics and students working and studying in the fields of Digital Humanities, internet and media studies, history, cultural studies, and communication.
List of Figures; List of Tables; Notes on the Editors and Contributors; Introduction: Digital humanities, the web, and national web domains, Niels Brügger & Ditte Laursen; Part One: Collecting and preserving a national web domain; Chapter 1, The historic context of web archiving and the web archive: Reconstructing and saving the Dutch national web using historical methods, Kees Teszelszky; Chapter 2, Towards a national web archive in a federated country: A Belgian case study, Sally Chambers, Peter Mechant & Friedel Geeraert; Chapter 3, Studying the web in the shadow of Uncle Sam: The case of the .ca domain, Ian Milligan & Tom J. Smyth; Chapter 4, The curious case of archiving .eu, Helen Hockx-Yu, Ditte Laursen & Daniel Gomes; Part Two: Methodological challenges; Chapter 5, Negotiating the archives of UK web space, Jane Winters; Chapter 6, National web histories at the fringe of the web: Palestine, Kosovo and the quest for online self-determination, Anat Ben-David; Chapter 7, Understanding the limitations of the ccTLD as a proxy for the national web: Lessons from cross-border religion in the Northern Irish web sphere, Peter Webster; Chapter 8, Establishing a corpus of the archived web: The case of the Danish web from 2005 to 2015, Niels Brügger, Ditte Laursen & Janne Nielsen; Part Three: Results and dissemination; Chapter 9, Exploring the "French Web" of the 1990s, Valérie Schafer; Chapter 10, The nation is in the network: Locating a national museum online, Rebecca Kahn; Chapter 11, A national Web Trend Index, Niels Brügger; Index