Showing posts from August, 2022

2022-08-04: Web Archiving in Popular Media II: User Tasks of Journalists

Figure 1: The two most common goals for journalists who use web archives as evidence in their articles is to view unavailable pages and to view page content change over time. Different groups of users collectively have different levels of understanding about web archives. In a previous post from 2016, Web Archiving in Popular Media , Scott Ainsworth demonstrated the emergence of web archives as evidence in journalism. The list of news articles that he presented as examples was a novel contribution at that time. Users with a strong mental model for the past web could benefit from advanced web archives features such as full-text search. What is the current mental model for web archives held by journalists, and how do web archives help journalists? Collecting Articles that Reference Web Archives In " Where'd it Go? " (2007), Teevan analyzed a set of web pages that were collected from a phrase search with the goal of understanding user behavior about re-finding [1]. By searc

2022-08-03: Ernst Strüngmann Forum on Digital Ethology Trip Report

From July 24-29, 2022, I had the honor of participating in the Ernst Strüngmann Forum on Digital Ethology , held in Frankfurt, Germany at the Frankfurt Institute for Advanced Studies (FIAS) on the campus of Goethe University . (This was a reschedule of an event that was originally planned to take place in Fall 2020.) Julia Lupp, Director of the Ernst Strüngmann Forum , describes these events as more of an "intellectual retreat" than a conference. Typically, about 40 scholars and experts from various fields are invited to spend a week in discussions around various aspects of a common topic. Results of the discussions are later published in book form (and online) by MIT Press through the Strüngmann Forum Reports . The forum on Digital Ethology was chaired by Tomáš Paus  and Hye-Chung Kum . The aim of the forum was to "explore how digital ethology — the study of human behavior as captured by its digital footprint — can be used to quantify the human environment and facilita