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Early Scholars Spring School on Web Archives 2024

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The C²DH is co-organising the Spring School on Web Archives for early scholars (PhD or Master students), which takes place on 23 & 24 April in Paris.

Are you an early scholar (PHD or Master student) interested in web archives? Would you like to engage in a dynamic discussion with peers as well as experienced researchers and professionals? This Spring School taking place just before the IIPC WAC24 in Paris may be perfect for you!


At a glance…

  • Dates: from April 23 at 9.00 am to April 24 at 5.30 pm
  • Location: Centre Internet et Société, CNRS, 59-61 rue Pouchet, PARIS
  • Expected attendance: 15 master’s and PhD students (also open to post-doctoral researchers who just started to work with web archives)
  • Topics & activities: keynotes, roundtable discussions, site visits (at BnF Datalab and Ina THEQUE), tools and data exploration, Q&A sessions, and lightning talks by PhD students.


More about the Spring School

The concept of the Spring School on Web Archives emerged from the RESAW conference held in Marseille in June 2023. IIPC WAC24 was a natural next step to make this Spring School become a reality, spanning two days to minimize travel costs for early scholars and also providing a unique opportunity to facilitate discussion with major international stakeholders both in the academic and professional fields.

The Spring School aims to create a dynamic and engaging environment, fostering knowledge exchange, and building connections among the next generation of scholars in the field of web archives.


Practical information

The language of the Spring School is English.

Participation is free of charge for attendees and lunch is provided.

Travel and accommodations are not included and at the participant’s own expense.


How to apply?

If you would like to participate, please send your short application (max. 2 pages) to emmanuelle.bermes@chartes.psl.eu and valerie.schafer@uni.lu (until 15 February 2024) including a bio, your topic of research and your use of web archives, as well as the elements and challenges you would like to discuss during the spring school.


Main organisers

  • Emmanuelle Bermès (École nationale des Chartes, Université PSL)
  • Valérie Schafer (C²DH, University of  Luxembourg; Centre Internet et Société)


Tuesday 23 April 2024

Morning at the Centre Internet et Société, Site Pouchet, CNRS, 59-61 rue Pouchet, Paris (room 255)

Welcome (short introductory round of participants)

Keynote by Alex Thurman and Nicola Bingham, co-chairs of the Collaborative collections WG, IIPC
Coffee break

Workshop on ARCH by Internet Archive (Jefferson Bailey and Alex Dempsey, Archiving & Data Services, Internet Archive)

Roundtable “Vernacular web, personal pages, online communities” (chaired by Clément Oury, Muséum national d’histoire naturelle)
With Ian Milligan (University of Waterloo), Emmanuelle Bermès (École nationale des Chartes), Alexandre Faye (BnF), Valérie Schafer (C²DH, University of Luxembourg)
Journey to BnF
Welcome at BnF DataLab by Marie Carlin (BnF)
Hands-On on BnF Web Archives (organised by Géraldine Camile and Alexandre Faye, BnF) 
18.00 End of first day


Wednesday 24 April

Morning at Site Pouchet, CNRS (room 221)


Lightning Talks session by Early Scholars

Coffee break

Roundtable “Past Experiments and Future Trends” (chaired by Emmanuelle Bermès)
With Susan Aasman (University of Groningen) Valérie Beaudouin (EHESS), Frédéric Clavert (C²DH, University of Luxembourg), Dana Diminescu (Télécom Paris), Gyula Kalcsó (National Széchényi Library)
Journey to INA Thèque
Visit at Ina Thèque and Presentation of their Collections by Jérôme Thièvre (INA)
17.30 End of second day


We are very thankful to the Centre Internet et Société (and the working group Patrimoines et mémoires du numérique, GDR 2091) as well as to the BnF and the Ina Thèque for hosting the event, and to all our partners for their support.