Archives Unleashed (2016)

In March 2016, Patrick took part in a hackathon at the University of Toronto.

The Thomas Fisher Rare Book Library (University of Toronto)
Between March 3 – March 5, 2016, Librarians, Archivists, Historians, Computer Scientists, etc., came together for the Archives Unleashed Web Archive Hackathon at the University of Toronto Robarts Library, Toronto, Ontario Canada. This event gave researchers the opportunity to collaboratively develop open-source tools for web archives. The event was organized by Ian Milligan, (assistant professor of Canadian and digital history in the Department of History at the University of Waterloo), Nathalie Casemajor (assistant professor in communication studies in the Department of Social Sciences at the University of Québec in Outaouais (Canada)), Jimmy Lin (the David R. Cheriton Chair in the David R. Cheriton School of Computer Science at the University of Waterloo), Matthew Weber (Assistant Professor in the School of Communication and Information at Rutgers University), and Nicholas Worby (the Government Information & Statistics Librarian at the University of Toronto’s Robarts Library).

Additionally, the event was made possible due to the support of the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada, the National Science Foundation, the University of Waterloo, the University of Toronto, Rutgers University, the University of Québec in Outaouais, the Internet Archive, Library and Archives Canada, and Compute Canada. Sawood Alam, Mat Kelly and myself, joined researchers from Europe and North America to exchange ideas in efforts to unleash our web archives. The event was split across three days.

By Alexander C. Nwala