Cambridge, MA: June 17-18, 2014

This workshop is hosted by research team of scholars from Rutgers University, Northeastern University, and the Internet Archive. The aim of the workshop is twofold. First, the workshop will provide a forum for presentations and discussions of ongoing research involving community development and historical Internet data. Presentation sessions will focus on a variety of themes, derived from ongoing research about online community emergence and evolution. Second, a closing session will be devoted to discussing future research needs and unanswered research questions with regard to data and access to historical Internet records.

The workshop will provide a mechanism for discussing the functions that should be incorporated into a prototype historical Web extractor, and for outlining potential research questions to be addressed with a prototype tool and databases. In addition, key questions gathered during the workshop will serve as initial discussion points for the online community that will support ongoing interaction between researchers.

Working papers from the workshop will be published to a public online site that will allow for ongoing interaction between project participants. As the next phases of the project unfold, the community’s shared online site will serve as a venue for gathering collective input, sharing updates, and ultimately publishing databases collected through the course of this research.