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Leveraging Web Archives for Research

TWAW is new workshop which ambition is to help shaping and establishing a community of interest on the research challenges and possibilities resulting from the introduction of the time dimension in Web analysis.

By it’s very nature, the Web has a rich relation to time. Emerging and disappearing unpredictably from any part of the planet, reflecting, sometime by the minute events of the real world, full of assertions about the past as well as the future, made at any time of a complex mix of old and new content items linked together, the Web represent a challenging object for temporal-centric research. The difficulty to get appropriate material for this research (time series corpora, large scale archives etc.), adds to the difficulty of exploring the Web’s temporal dimension.

Yet, the benefits for research are huge. Trends analysis, emergence of concept or ideas, representation of the past and the future, network dynamic, shaping and decay of communities, and in general, any Web research topic where a dynamic understanding is superior to a static view, requires integration of the time dimension.

This is where Web archives can help significantly, bringing the structured series of material needed for this type of research.

The Internet Memory, together with Yahoo Research and Max Planck Society, is happy to organize the first Temporal Web Analytic Workshop (TWAW), in conjunction with the WWW conference (www2011) in Hyderabad (India). It’s Monday 28/3, come and join us if you can! If not, you can check the proceedings here.

by: Julien Masanes,


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