Archives on the Web

the curious case of the archive

Ed Summers

Computational Archival Science

An interdisciplinary field concerned with the application of computational methods and resources to large-scale records/archives processing, analysis, storage, long-term preservation, and access, with aim of improving efficiency, productivity and precision in support of appraisal, arrangement and description, preservation and access decisions, and engaging and undertaking research with archival material.


The process of identifying materials offered to an archives that have sufficient value to be accessioned.


  • social media Data Fumes can be useful in archival appraisal work, but it's important to think critically about them (Thatcher, 2014)
  • processes for self archiving web content are understudied, and present great opportunities for information professionals
  • work needs to be done on affordances for consent in web archives


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