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NetLab PhD Workshop in Web Archiving

Graduate School, Arts at Aarhus University


The NetLab PhD workshop in web archiving will include presentations on the necessity and challenges of preserving web content (which disappears rapidly, and must be preserved as a resource), of the underlying technologies in web content and it's preservation, and on how archived web content may differ from the online originals. The presentations will also include small demonstrations and hands-on exercises.

Technologies for archiving online content for research purposes will be presented and tried in a hands-on session in the last part of the workshop. For the hands-on session, participants will be able to work with methods relevant to their own specific projects.

As preparation for the PhD workshop, participants will be required to read a course book, three articles, install a number of applications on their computers, and to write a short presentation (1-2 pages) on how archived web is relevant to their projects. The written presentation must be sent to the workshop lecturers no later than two weeks in anvance of the workshop.

NetLab's PhD workshops are free of charge exclusively for registrants from partner institutions in the DIGHUMLAB initiative:

University of Copenhagen, Aarhus University, Aalborg University, University of Southern Denmark, and The Royal Danish Library.


A general understanding of archived web as a resource for research, as well as the underlying technologies for web content and its preservation.

Hands-on experience with technologies that can be used for data gathering for their projects.


Course book:

Nielsen, Janne: Using Web Archives in Research – an Introduction, NetLab 2016, URL:

Articles (may change depending on participant backgrounds): Harlung, Asger.: On Archived Web, NetLab 2016,  URL:

Winters, Jane: Breaking in to the mainstream: demonstrating the value of internet (and web) histories,Internet Histories 2017, 1:1-2, 173-179, DOI:   10.1080/24701475.2017.1305713

Brügger, Niels: Website history and the website as an object of study. New Media & Society 2009, 11 (1-2), 115– 132.

Target group:

PhD students at any stage.

Other researchers are also welcome.


English, unless all participants are full Danish-speaking.


Workshop combining lectures, demonstrations, and hands-on tests for the participants.




Niels Brügger,

Asger Harlung,

Dates and time:

Recurring course twice per year. Next two dates will be:

August 15 2019, 10 AM to 4 PM

January 16 2020, 10 AM to 4 PM


Ada-333, Katrinebjerg, Aarhus N (might change).

Application deadlines:

Three weeks before the workshop date. Please apply for a spot via 

Please visit for further information.

At least six participants are required for a workshop. If a workshop is cancelled for having to few participants, an offer of an online course will be extended. (This is another PhD course worth 3 ECTS that can be taken after or independent of, the PhD workshop. Further information at


Course dates
15 August 2019 - 16 January 2020
Niels Brügger & Asger Harlung
Helsingforsgade 14
the Ada building, room Ada 333
Aarhus N
1 points

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