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Breaking in to the mainstream: demonstrating the value of internet (and web) histories

Citation: Winters, Jane (2017) Breaking in to the mainstream: demonstrating the value of internet (and web) histories. Internet Histories, 1 . pp. 173-179. ISSN 2470-1483 (In Press)

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This short article explores the challenges involved in demonstrating the value of web archives, and the histories that they embody, beyond media and Internet studies. Given the difficulties of working with such complex archival material, how can researchers in the humanities and social sciences more generally be persuaded to integrate Internet histories into their research? How can institutions and organisations be sufficiently convinced of the worth of their own online histories to take steps to preserve them? And how can value be demonstrated to the wider general public? It touches on public attitudes to personal and institutional Internet histories, barriers to access to web archives - technical, legal and methodological - and the cultural factors within academia that have hindered the penetration of new ways of working with new kinds of primary source. Rather than providing answers, this article is intended to provoke discussion and dialogue between the communities for whom Internet histories can and should be of significance.

Creators: Winters, Jane (0000-0001-5502-5887) and
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Subjects: History
Divisions: School of Advanced Study: Central Offices
  • 9 March 2017 (accepted)
  • 28 March 2017 (published)


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