Call for applications – Scholarly use of Web archives: Studying Israeli Politics on the Web

Facebook twitter 28-30 May, 2013, Bar Ilan University

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 The program for Science, Technology and Society at Bar-Ilan University, in collaboration with the National Library of Israel and the Digital Humanities Incubator (רוח דיגיטלית)

We are pleased to invite you to participate in a workshop, dedicated to the topic of Web archives and their implications for studying Israeli politics on the Web. The workshop continues a tradition of graduate student’s conferences organized by the Israeli forum of Internet Researchers, which was founded by graduate students of the STS department at Bar-Ilan University in 2003. The forum aims at bringing together Israeli Internet and technology researchers, and at developing methods for advancing internet research in Israel.

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 This conference and workshop address new methods for scholarly use of Web-archives, while paying special attention to special collections of election campaigns. . The conference, on Tuesday, May 28th, will be open to the public. The workshop will will make use of the National Library of Israel’s Web archive of the 2013 Israeli election campaigns, and will be led by Anat Ben David and Hugo Huurdeman, from WebARTproject, a group of Web-research experts in the study of Web archives from the University of Amsterdam.

From the early days of the Web, election campaigns on the Web have attracted scholarly attention. Indeed, political scientists and social researchers such as Schneider and Foot (2003) have put forward a method for archiving and analyzing the dynamics of Websites related to elections, also called “Web-sphere analysis”. Researchers from the Netherlands have also started archiving Websites of political parties from the early days of the Web, and nowadays most Web archives of national libraries around the world curate special collections of electoral campaigns on the Web, and vast collections and rich materials have been preserved for posterity. The tools and methods that will be presented in the workshop have been developed to enable the study and analysis of temporally archived Web data.

Ideal candidates for the workshop are researchers of communication and political discourse, language, history and culture, who are interested in studying Israeli online politics; Information scientists interested in retrieval methods of longitudinal Web strata, or any other scholars interested in using a temporal corpus of archived Web-data.

We also welcome people with background in programming, UI and web designinterested in advancing a better fit of existing data mining and visualization tools to web content in Hebrew and Arabic.

To apply, please send a one page letter explaining your interest and background, including a short bio, to by May 12, 2013.

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