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HAA-256368-17

Old Dominion University Research Foundation (Norfolk, VA 23508-0369)
Michele C. Weigle (Project Director: January 2017 to present)
Deborah Kempe (Co Project Director: July 2017 to present)
Pamela Graham (Co Project Director: July 2017 to present)
Alexander Thurman (Co Project Director: July 2017 to present)
Michael L Nelson (Co Project Director: July 2017 to present)

Visualizing Webpage Changes Over Time

The development of prototypes for a set of open-source visualization tools to ease navigation of web archive collections. Partners include the New York Art Resources Consortium and Columbia University Libraries.

As web archives grow in importance and size, techniques for understanding how a web page changes through time need to adapt from an assumption of scarcity (just a few copies of a page, no more than a few weeks or months apart) to one of abundance (tens of thousands of copies of a page, spanning as much as 20 years). Old Dominion University, New York Art Resources Consortium (NYARC), and Columbia University Libraries (CUL) will jointly research and develop tools for efficient visualization of and interaction with archived web pages. We will develop 1) a tool for visualizing web page changes in arbitrary web archives, 2) a plug-in for the popular Wayback Machine web archiving system (for better support of the functionality otherwise available via #1), and 3) scripts for easy embedding of the visualizations in live web pages, providing tighter integration of the archived web and live web. This work will be informed and in support of CUL's and NYARC's existing web archiving activities.

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Participating institutions:
Old Dominion University Research Foundation (Norfolk, VA) - Applicant/Grantee
Columbia University Libraries (New York, NY) - Participating institution
New York Art Resources Consortium (New York, NY) - Participating institution

Project fields:
Interdisciplinary Studies, General

Program:
Digital Humanities Advancement Grants

Division:
Digital Humanities

Total amounts:
$75,000 (approved)
$75,000 (awarded)

Grant period:
10/1/2017 – 3/31/2020


HK-50181-14

Old Dominion University Research Foundation (Norfolk, VA 23508-0369)
Michele C. Weigle (Project Director: February 2014 to present)
Liza Potts (Co Project Director: July 2014 to present)
Michael L Nelson (Co Project Director: July 2014 to present)

Archive What I See Now: Bringing Institutional Web Archiving Tools to the Individual Researcher

Further development of a toolset that would allow individual humanities researchers and institutions to easily archive websites and to navigate archived collections.

Archiving web pages is an essential method for ensuring ephemeral web resources are available for future research. Our goals are 1) to enable users to generate files suitable for use by large-scale archives with tools as simple as the “bookmarking” or “save page as” approaches that they already know, and 2) to enable users to access the archived resources in their browser. We propose to build three open-source tools to support this personal-scale web archiving: WARCreate, WAIL, and Mink.

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Project fields:
Interdisciplinary Studies, General

Program:
Digital Humanities Implementation Grants

Division:
Digital Humanities

Total amounts:
$324,634 (approved)
$322,210 (awarded)

Grant period:
9/1/2014 – 8/31/2017


HD-51670-13

Old Dominion University Research Foundation (Norfolk, VA 23508-0369)
Michele C. Weigle (Project Director: October 2012 to present)

Archive What I See Now

The development of an open-source tool that would allow web browsers to digitally archive a web page or series of pages as they appear at a particular point in time, using as case studies web resources that address humanities themes such as religious history and political dialog.

The web has become a repository for much of our social culture. Thus, humanities scholars have recognized the need for archiving web objects to support their research. We propose to build an open-source tool to support this personal-scale web archiving. We will build a Firefox add-on to create an archive of a web page or web site from the perspective of the browser. This means that web pages requiring authentication, pages on social media sites, and pages displayed after some user interaction can all be archived in the standard Web ARChive (WARC) format. This tool will provide easy access to web archiving and give users the ability to "archive what I see now." The tool will also allow users to upload generated WARC files to a specified server for later access. With this tool, collaborating scholars could upload their WARCs to a common server to create special-purpose collections of various topics. These collections could then be accessed by standard web archive tools.

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Project fields:
Archival Management and Conservation

Program:
Digital Humanities Start-Up Grants

Division:
Digital Humanities

Total amounts:
$57,892 (approved)
$57,891 (awarded)

Grant period:
5/1/2013 – 12/31/2014