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.
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Introduction: digital humanities, the web, and national web domains
Niels Brügger & Ditte Laursen
Part One: Collecting and preserving a national web domain
The historic context of web archiving and the web archive: reconstructing and saving the Dutch national web using historical methods
Towards a national web archive in a federated country: a Belgian case study
Sally Chambers, Peter Mechant, & Friedel Geeraert
Studying the web in the shadow of Uncle Sam: the case of the .ca domain
Ian Milligan & Tom J. Smyth
The curious case of archiving .eu
Helen Hockx-Yu, Ditte Laursen, & Daniel Gomes
Part Two: Methodological challenges
Negotiating the archives of UK web space
National web histories at the fringe of the web: Palestine, Kosovo, and the quest for online self-determination
Understanding the limitations of the ccTLD as a proxy for the national web: lessons from cross-border religion in the Northern Irish web sphere
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
Exploring the "French Web" of the 1990s
The nation is in the network: locating a national museum online
A national Web Trend Index
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