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When the present web is later the past: web historiography, digital history and internet studies

Wenn das Web Vergangenheit wird: Web-Geschichtsschreibung, Digitale Geschichte und Internet-Forschung
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Brügger, Niels

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Abstract "Taking as point of departure that since the mid-1990s the web has been an essential medium within society as well as in academia this article addresses some fundamental questions related to web historiography, that is the writing of the history of the web. After a brief identification of some limitations within digital history and Internet studies vis-a-vis web historiography it is argued that the web is in itself an important historical source, and that special attention must be drawn to the web in web archives - termed reborn-digital material - since these sources will probably be the only web left for future historians. In line with this argument the remainder of the article discusses the following methodological issues: What characterizes the reborn-digital material in web archives, and how does this affect the historian's use of the material as well as the possible application of digital analytical tools on this kind of material?" (author's abstract)
Keywords Internet; historical development; historiography; digitalization; website
Classification Interactive, electronic Media; Social History, Historical Social Research
Method basic research; development of methods
Document language English
Publication Year 2012
Page/Pages p. 102-117
Journal Historical Social Research, 37 (2012) 4
Issue topic Towards web history
ISSN 0172-6404
Status Published Version; peer reviewed
Licence Creative Commons - Attribution-Noncommercial-No Derivative Works