Launched in the spring of 2020, WARCnet (Web ARChive studies network researching web domains and events) aims to promote high-quality national and transnational research that will help to understand the history of (trans)national web domains and of transnational events on the web. Led by Niels Brügger (Aarhus University), Valérie Schafer (University of Luxembourg), and Jane Winters (School of Advanced Studies, University of London), WARCnet brings together the expertise of researchers in the field of web archiving as well as seven national web archives. The forthcoming WARCnet Autumn meeting (November 4-6 2020) is accompanied by the first WARCnet Challenge!
By Niels Brügger (Aarhus University), Valérie Schafer (University of Luxembourg), Jane Winters (School of Advanced Studies, University of London), and Kees Teszelszky (The National Library of the Netherlands)
As all web archivists 💾, scholars of the web 🔬 and all digital natives 👶 are aware, the World Wide Web 🌐 is full of old, rare, shocking and weird gems💎 waiting to be discovered 👩🔬🧑💻. Show us your skills as internet researchers 🔎, web archaeologists 🏺 and twenty-first century online Indiana Joneses 🔮 and uncover the most interesting 😍, thought-provoking 🤔 or downright tasteless treasures 🏴☠️ from the online mud. Let’s see if you 👈 can surprise us 🎁 with your finds and show us 🖥️ wonderful things!
You can join the WARCnet network’s challenge with text, image, video or code found on the live web, in a web archive or elsewhere (library, physical archive, computer museum, basement of a web collector).
Your web archiving discovery challenge entry must consist of three parts: 1. Your discovery (what have you found?), 2. Your method (how did you find it or discover it?), 3. Your story (why is your find so special?).
“Can you see anything?” “Yes, wonderful things!” Be smart and creative! Let us learn from how you have done it! Show us web archiving is more than web crawlers and WARC files! Have fun and make us laugh or shiver!
Need some ideas 💡 for your online treasure 👑 trove⚒️ — have a look at https://cc.au.dk/en/warcnet/warcnet-twitter-challenge/ or go straight to #WarcnetChallenge.
Theme of this WARCnet Challenge
The theme of this WARCnet challenge is ‘Web archaeology and history (trial version!) (Temple of ZOOM)’ — we’ll leave up to participants to interpret the theme…
How to participate in the WARCnet challenge?
You participate in the challenge by tweeting your reply using the hashtag #WarcnetChallenge. It is OK to post more than one tweet; please mark them ‘1 of 5’ for five tweets, etc. Deadline ⏳ for tweets is Friday 6 November 09:00 CEST!
How is the winner found?
A jury composed of Niels Brügger, Valérie Schäfer, Kees Teszelszky and Jane Winters will nominate 3-5 entries. Then, on Friday 6 November, the last day of the WARCnet meeting in Luxembourg, the members of the WARCnet network will vote for one of the nominees as the winner.
What will the winner get?
The winner will get a unique laptop sticker 🏆 and eternal fame on the wall of fame of the Raiders of the lost Web on this web page. The winning entry will also be included in the Grand Finale at the closing WARCnet conference in June 2022, to potentially win the Great Raider of the Lost Web Award.
Will there be more WARCnet challenges?
Yes, indeed there will. The WARCnet challenge is a play in four parts, each with a specific theme:
Part 1: Web archaeology and history (trial version!) (Temple of ZOOM): WARCnet Autumn meeting in Luxembourg, November 4-6 2020
Part 2: Web design and culture (Raiders of the lost WARC): WARCnet Spring meeting in Aarhus April 20-22 2021
Part 3. Offline internet culture, digital born time travellers and internet culture in old analogue history. (Dr. Jones and the Wayback Machine): WARCnet Autumn meeting in London, November 3-5 2021
Part 4: Grand Finale and announcement of winner. (Back to the Future from the Digital Dark Age): The last WARCnet meeting and conference in Aarhus, June 13-15 2022.
Who to contact with questions?
Any questions, just email us at firstname.lastname@example.org.