Digital History and Web Scraping

Apr 19 2017 - 10:00am to 12:00pm
Sherman Centre for Digital Scholarship - Mills Library (1st floor)

Instructor: Dr. Ian Milligan, Assistant Professor, Department of History, University of Waterloo.

There are so many exciting sources online – but how to find them? This workshop takes attendees through the process of finding sources online, both based on the Web as well as in social media, before briefly discussing various ways to preserve and analyze this material. Most of the class can be done in the web browser, as we explore various source repositories and several web-browser based tools (notably,, repositories (from to, the Doc Now web tool for Twitter collection, and analysis tools. Participants are asked to bring a laptop, if possible.

Click here to register for this workshop. 

Ian Milligan is an Assistant Professor in the Department of History at the University of Waterloo. Ian’s research focus is on how historians can use web archives.He is the inaugural Marshall McLuhan Centenary Fellow in the University of Toronto’s Faculty of Information, and in 2016, was awarded the Canadian Society for Digital Humanities Outstanding Early Career Award. He also holds an Ontario Early Researcher Award.

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