One of the main aims of the Big UK Domain Data for the Arts and Humanities project is to involve arts and humanities researchers in the development of tools for analysing web archives, thereby ensuring that those tools meet real rather than perceived researcher needs. We recently ran an open competition inviting researchers to submit proposals across a range of disciplines which focus on the archived web, and have selected 11 from a tremendously strong and varied set of applications. The topics that will be studied over the next eight months are:
- Rowan Aust – Tracing notions of heritage
- Rona Cran – Beat literature in the contemporary imagination
- Richard Deswarte – Revealing British Eurosceptism in the UK web domain and archive
- Chris Fryer – The UK Parliament Web Archive
- Saskia Huc-Hepher – An ethnosemiotic study of London French habitus as displayed in blogs
- Alison Kay – Capture, commemoration and the citizen-historian: Digital Shoebox archives relating to P.O.W.s in the Second World War
- Gareth Millward – Digital barriers and the accessible web: disabled people, information and the internet
- Marta Musso – A history of the online presence of UK companies
- Harry Raffal – The MOD’s online development and strategy for recruitment between 1996 and 2013
- Lorna Richardson – Public archaeology: a digital perspective
- Helen Taylor – Do online networks exist for the poetry community?
We very much look forward to working with our bursary holders over the coming months, and will be showcasing some of their research findings on the project blog.