Computer ScienceScience & MathematicsEconomics & FinanceBusiness & ManagementPolitics & GovernmentHistoryPhilosophy

The Web as History

Using Web Archives to Understand the Past and the Present

by Niels Brügger, Ralph Schroeder

The Web as History

Subscribe to new books via dBooks.org telegram channel

Join
DescriptionTable of ContentsDetailsReport an issue

Book Description

he World Wide Web has now been in use for more than 20 years. From early browsers to today's principal source of information, entertainment and much else, the Web is an integral part of our daily lives, to the extent that some people believe 'if it's not online, it doesn't exist.' While this statement is not entirely true, it is becoming increasingly accurate, and reflects the Web's role as an indispensable treasure trove. It is curious, therefore, that historians and social scientists have thus far made little use of the Web to investigate historical patterns of culture and society, despite making good use of letters, novels, newspapers, radio and television programmes, and other pre-digital artefacts.This volume argues that now is the time to ask what we have learnt from the Web so far. The 12 chapters explore this topic from a number of interdisciplinary angles - through histories of national web spaces and case studies of different government and media domains - as well as an introduction that provides an overview of this exciting new area of research.

This open book is licensed under a Creative Commons License (CC BY). You can download The Web as History ebook for free in PDF format (19.4 MB).

Table of Contents

Introduction
The web as history
Part one
The size and shape of web domains
Chapter 1
Analysing the UK web domain and exploring 15 years of UK universities on the web
Chapter 2
Live versus archive: Comparing a web archive to a population of web pages
Chapter 3
Exploring the domain names of the Danish web
Part two
Media and government
Chapter 4
The tumultuous history of news on the web
Chapter 5
International hyperlinks in online news media
Chapter 6
From far away to a click away: The French state and public services in the 1990s
Part three
Cultural and political histories
Chapter 7
Welcome to the web: The online community of GeoCities during the early years of the World Wide Web
Chapter 8
Using the web to examine the evolution of the abortion debate in Australia, 2005-2015
Chapter 9
Religious discourse in the archived web: Rowan Williams, Archbishop of Canterbury, and the sharia law controversy of 2008
Chapter 10
Taqwacore is Dead. Long Live Taqwacore or punk's not dead?: Studying the online evolution of the Islamic punk scene
Chapter 11
Cultures of the UK web
Chapter 12
Coda: Web archives for humanities research - some reflections

Book Details

Title
The Web as History
Subject
Computer Science
Publisher
UCL Press
Published
2017
Pages
298
Edition
1
Language
English
ISBN13
9781911307426
ISBN10
1911307428
ISBN13 Digital
9781911307563
ISBN10 Digital
1911307568
PDF Size
19.4 MB
License
CC BY

Related Books

Global History and New Polycentric Approaches
Rethinking the ways global history is envisioned and conceptualized in diverse countries such as China, Japan, Mexico or Spain, this collections considers how global issues are connected with our local and national communities. It examines how the discipline had evolved in various historiographies, from Anglo Saxon to southern European, and its eme...
Investigating the Body in the Victorian Asylum
This book explores how the body was investigated in the late nineteenth-century asylum in Britain. As more and more Victorian asylum doctors looked to the bodily fabric to reveal the 'truth' of mental disease, a whole host of techniques and technologies were brought to bear upon the patient's body. These practices encompassed the cli...
History and Cultural Memory in Neo-Victorian Fiction
Arguing that neo-Victorian fiction enacts and celebrates cultural memory, this book uses memory discourse to position these novels as dynamic participants in the contemporary historical imaginary....
National Reflections on the Netherlands Didactics of Mathematics
This open access book, inspired by the ICME 13 Thematic Afternoon on "European Didactic Traditions", consists of 17 chapters, in which educators from the Netherlands reflect on the teaching and learning of mathematics in their country and the role of the Dutch domain-specific instruction theory of Realistic Mathematics Education.Written b...
Symfony
The Symfony Framework is well-known for being really flexible and is used to build micro-sites, enterprise applications that handle billions of connections and even as the basis for other frameworks. Since its release in July 2011, the community has learned a lot about what's possible and how to do things best. These community resources - l...
TouchDevelop
Mobile devices such as smartphones and tablets are set to become the main computers that virtually all people will own and carry with them at all times. And yet,mobile devices are not yet used for all computing tasks. A project at Microsoft Research was created to answer a simple question: "It is possible to create interesting apps directly on...