Exploring the Archived Web During a Highly Transformative Age

What will remain in thirty years' time of the satirical videos published online during the imprisonment, the websites of the NGOs mobilised in Ukraine, the student groups on social networks or the academic journals? How can we study, preserve and transmit this native digital heritage at a time when technological, environmental and political changes are disrupting the production and dissemination of knowledge and shaking up certainties about ethics and democracy?
The conference, which will bring together the main specialists in the study of web archiving from around fifteen different disciplines and 17 countries, on 5 and 6 of June at the MUCEM Lab, proposes to better understand the challenges posed by web archiving, both from a patrimonial point of view and from the point of view of its exploration by researchers who use it as material in the study of recent phenomena and the history of digital cultures.

Initiatives to collect and preserve all the pages and content published on the Web and digital social networks are relatively ancient, dating back to the creation of the Internet Archive in the United States in 1996 and encouraged by the UNESCO Charter on Digital Heritage in 2003.

In France, web archiving has been entrusted to the BNF (Bibliothèque nationale de France) and the INA (Institut national de l’audiovisuel) as part of their legal deposit missions since 2006. However, the archived web is still underexploited in the academic field, despite a strong dynamic structured around the international community RESAW - a Research Infrastructure for the Study of Archived Web Materials - created in 2012 by the researcher Niels Brügger and in which the University of Aix-Marseille participates.

After the founding conference in Aarhus in 2015, London (2017), Amsterdam (2019), Luxembourg (2021), the RESAW 2023 conference will be held in Marseille for the first time in France. Organised by the TELEMME laboratory (MMSH, CNRS-AMU) and supported by the Mission Interdisplinarité(s) of the University of Aix-Marseille, the Marseille conference, entitled "Exploring the Archived Web during a Highly Tranformative Age", aims to examine the evolution of web archiving by highlighting the ways in which its exploration allows a better understanding of the profound transformations of contemporary societies.

web archiving
digital heritage
digital humanities