WEB ARCHIVES: THE FUTURE(S)
30 June 2011
Eric T. Meyer, Arthur Thomas, Ralph Schroeder
by The Oxford Internet Institute, University of Oxford, on behalf of the IIPC
In this report, the authors consider the possible future uses of web archives.
This report is structured first, to engage in some speculative thought about the possible futures of the web as an exercise in prompting us to think about what we need to do now in order to make sure that we can reliably and fruitfully use archives of the web in the future. Next, we turn to considering the methods and tools being used to research the live web, as a pointer to the types of things that can be developed to help understand the archived web. Then, we turn to a series of topics and questions that researchers want or may want to address using the archived web. In this final section, we tentatively identify some of the short, medium and long term challenges individuals, organizations, and international bodies can target to increase our ability to explore these topics and answer these questions.
This report was funded by the IIPC.