Bookings are open now for the first of a series of day workshops on the Domain Dark Archive, a comprehensive archive of websites from the UK web domain for the period 1996 to 2010. Our new JISC-funded AADDA project (Analytical Access to the Domain Dark Archive) is a joint venture with the University of Cambridge and the British Library, who curate the archive on behalf of the JISC. A summary of the project is available on the project blog.

What on earth would one do with such an enormous and varied dataset ? That was the question I attempted to answer on the project blog; and the workshop for historians on May 24th is an opportunity collectively to imagine the questions historians might ask of the data. These workshops will provide the British Library with a crucial orientation in the process of designing the interface for the data, which is not yet publicly available. It is then a rare opportunity to shape the development of what may prove to be a transformative resource.

Details of the workshop for historians on May 24th in London, and of how to book a place may be found here.