Analytical Access to the Domain Dark Archive (AADDA)

Project Summary

This project is hosted by: Institute of Historical Research

Research interests:
Contemporary History, Digital resources
Africa, Asia, United Kingdom
Project period:
01-Feb-2012 - 31-Jul-2013
Project summary:
AADDA is an 18-month project to enhance the sustainability of a substantial dark archive of UK domain websites collected between 1996 and 2010 by the Internet Archive, copies of which were recently acquired by the JISC and are stored at the British Library on their behalf. The project team will work with researchers in contemporary history in particular, and digital humanities in general, to obtain feedback on the feasibility of using web archives at an analytical level. The project will build on this feedback and on the existing UK Web Archive interface in order to develop new forms of analytical access to this collection, thereby enabling researchers to carry out unique and hitherto impossible research queries. This will make a significant contribution to the global understanding of the research value of web archives, particularly for collections that span over a decade and more. Proven clarification of the utility of web archives for scholarly research will significantly enhance the long-term sustainability of the collection and provide valuable data about use cases for justification of ongoing funding.

The project will assess and aim to increase the acknowledged value of domain web archives for scholarly research. Following a survey of current perceptions and consultation with researchers, it will develop prototype tools for the exploitation of domain web archives, raise awareness of the material and services available, promote discussion and debate among key stakeholders, and inform future scholarly access arrangements at a domain level.

Management Details

Lead researcher & project contact:

Name Position Institute Organisation Contact
Dr Jane Winters Head of Publications & IHR Digital Institute of Historical Research SAS



Name Position Institute Organisation Contact
Dr Anne Alexander Co-ordinator of the Cambridge Digital Humanities Network & Buckley Fellow CRASSH University of Cambridge
Roger Coram Web Archiving Engineer British Library
Helen Hockx-Yu Head of Web Archiving British Library
Maureen Pennock Engagement & Liaison Manager for British Library
Simon Tanner Director of Digital Consultancy Department of Digital Humanities King's College London
Dr Peter Webster Editorial Controller Institute of Historical Research SAS



Funder Grant type Award


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