¶ 1 Leave a comment on paragraph 1 0 Lisa’s note: The first PressForward post I want to share comes from Jefferson Bailey, who discusses the various ways in which library and archive datasets have been encouraging researchers to use their datasets. I’m sharing this post with you because it gives an interesting insight into some of the places where you might look for “datasets’ to include in your dataset project. It also offers a first-hand account of the kind of work that becomes possible when data from libraries and archives is made available to the public.
¶ 4 Leave a comment on paragraph 4 0 The awkward teenage years of the web archive are over. It is now 27 years since Tim Berners-Lee created the web and 20 years since we at Internet Archive set out to systematically archive web content. As the web gains evermore “historicity” (i.e., it’s old and getting older — just like you!), it is increasingly recognized as a valuable historical record of interest to researchers and others working to study it at scale.
¶ 5 Leave a comment on paragraph 5 0 Thus, it has been exciting to see — and for us to support and participate in — a number of recent efforts in the scholarly and library/archives communities to hold hackathons and datathons focused on getting web archives into the hands of research and users. The events have served to help build a collaborative framework to encourage more use, more exploration, more tools and services, and more hacking (and similar levels of the sometime-maligned-but-ever-valuable yacking) to support research use of web archives. Get the data to the people!