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Probing a Nation's Web Domain — the Historical Development of the Danish Web

Project: Research

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I initiated and am heading this project of which the aim is triple. First, to map the historical development of the entire Danish web, based on the available material in the national Danish web archive Netarkivet. The main research question to be answered is: What has the entire Danish web looked like in the past, and how has it developed? A fundamental element in the mapping is to investigate the methodological questions involved in making the study, as well as to establish and continuously develop the analytical design. Second, the aim is to develop the necessary research infrastructure to make such a study, that is tools and procedures to handle corpus creation, a variety of analyses, long term storage, documentation, workspace, and collaborative working tools. And, third, the aim is to establish a well-documented corpus of the Danish web from each year. The documentation of the creation of this corpus of the Danish web, year by year, is to be kept by Netarkivet, with a view to being used by other scholars in the future. Thus, the project has a research as well as a (double) research infrastructure dimension. Finally, in a longer perspective the project intends to be the corner stone in a European project aiming at mapping and comparing the different national web domains in Europe, possibly within the framework of RESAW, a Research Infrastructure for the Study of Archived Web, which is being established as a transnational project aiming at submitting a Horizon 2020 application.
The project is carried out in collaboration with the State and University Library and the Danish web archive Netarkivet. It is supported by NetLab, by the research fund of the Ministry of Culture (2016), and by the Danish e-Infrastructure Cooperation (DeIC, 2016).
Effective start/end date01/12/2014 → …


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