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Digital humanities and web archives

A special issue of International Journal of Digital Humanities

Data from the World Wide Web was first preserved in 1996 for future humanities research with the start of web archiving at the Internet Archive, the National Library of Australia and the Royal Library of Sweden. These early web archives were joined by many other heritage institutions which preserved born-digital data in the following years. It took longer for digital humanities to discover the research potential of archived web data, as the focus has been on the research of collections of digitized material for a long time. Although history is written mainly online in our time, web archives, as the treasure chests of primary sources of our digital-born culture are still relatively unknown and certainly underused by researchers of social studies and humanities, even by digital humanities scholars.

We invite proposals from scholars and heritage professionals on any topic related to the use of web archives and curating born-digital data, among others websites, social media, etc. Proposals on all aspects of digital humanities research using and curating web archives are invited. Topics can be related but are not limited to language, politics, sociology, aesthetics of web archiving; more technical aspects are also welcome, like data analysis, statistics, etc.

About the Journal

The International Journal of Digital Humanities is a peer-reviewed academic journal with a focus on digital media and the development, application and reflection of digital research methodology in the humanities. It is concerned with the history, current practice and theory of digital humanities. Further details on this journal are available on the Springer website of IJDH.

All proposals must be written in English and submitted via e-mail to the following address: ijdh.journal@gmail.com. Proposals for articles must be submitted as an abstract of between 300 and 500 words. All submissions are due by May 1st 2020.

The program committee will review all submissions and send out notifications of acceptance/rejection by June 1st. For questions, please send an email to ijdh.journal@gmail.com.

The articles should be submitted to the Editorial Manager: https://www.editorialmanager.com/ijdh/.

Kees Teszelszky, Guest editor
Gábor Palkó, Editor-in-Chief