A Research Library Based on the Historical Collections of the Internet Archive

February 20, 2006

1. A Web Library for Social Science Research

As libraries change, scholarship is also changing. For centuries, academic researchers have combed through the collections of libraries, museums, and archives to analyze and synthesize the information buried within them. As digital libraries expand, we can look forward to a day when humanities and social science scholars replace much of this tedious manual effort with computer programs that act as their agents. This article describes a library that is being built for such research. The collections are some ten billion Web pages from the historical collections of the Internet Archive [1]. Initially, the primary users are social scientists.

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