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    • Automated Downloading with Wget 

      Milligan, Ian (The Editorial Board of the Programming Historian, 2012-06-27)
      Wget is a useful program, run through your computer’s command line, for retrieving online material. It can be useful in the following situations: Retrieving or mirroring (creating an exact copy of) an entire website. ...
    • Content Selection and Curation for Web Archiving: The Gatekeepers vs. the Masses 

      Milligan, Ian; Ruest, Nick; Lin, Jimmy (Association for Computing Machinery, 2016-06)
      Any preservation effort must begin with an assessment of what content to preserve, and web archiving is no different. There have historically been two answers to the question "what should we archive?" The Internet Archive's ...
    • Counting and Mining Research Data with Unix 

      Baker, James; Milligan, Ian (The Editorial Board of the Programming Historian, 2014-09-20)
      This lesson will look at how research data, when organised in a clear and predictable manner, can be counted and mined using the Unix shell. The lesson builds on the lessons “Preserving Your Research Data: Documenting and ...
    • Desiderata for Exploratory Search Interfaces to Web Archives in Support of Scholarly Activities 

      Jackson, Andrew; Lin, Jimmy; Milligan, Ian; Ruest, Nick (Association for Computing Machinery, 2016-06)
      Web archiving initiatives around the world capture ephemeral web content to preserve our collective digital memory. In this paper, we describe initial experiences in providing an exploratory search interface to web archives ...
    • Does History Matter? Pioneering Research on Canada's Attitudes Toward Bygone Days 

      Milligan, Ian (The LIterary Review of Canada, 2014-05)
      A book review of 'Canadians and their past' by Margaret Conrad, Kadriye Ercikan, Gerald Friesen, Jocelyn Létourneau, Delphin Muise, David Northrup and Peter Seixas.
    • Finding Community in the Ruins of GeoCities: Distantly Reading a Web Archive 

      Milligan, Ian (Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers, 2015-10)
      This paper provides a brief overview of my work with the GeoCities web archive. Asking the question of “can we find community,” I use it as a case study to explain various methods for distantly reading web archives
    • The great WARC adventure: Using SIPS, AIPS, and DIPS to document SLAPPs 

      Milligan, Ian; Ruest, Nick; St. Onge, Anna (Society for Digital Humanities, 2016-03)
      This paper outlines the circumstances surrounding a libel case that was filed against academic librarian Dale Askey by publisher Herbert Richardson and his company Edwin Mellen Press, the resulting online debate, protest, ...
    • Illusionary Order: Online Databases, Optical Character Recognition, and Canadian History, 1997–2010 

      Milligan, Ian (University of Toronto Press, 2013-12)
      It all seems so orderly and comprehensive. Instead of firing up the microfilm reader to navigate the Globe and Mail or the Toronto Star, one needs only to log into online newspaper databases. A keyword search, for a ...
    • Introduction to the Bash Command Line 

      Milligan, Ian; Baker, James (The Editorial Board of the Programming Historian, 2014-09-20)
      This lesson uses a Unix shell, which is a command-line interpreter that provides a user interface for the Unix operating system and for Unix-like systems. This lesson will cover a small number of basic commands. By the end ...
    • Lost in the Infinite Archive: The Promise and Pitfalls of Web Archives 

      Milligan, Ian (Edinburgh University Press, 2016-03-14)
      Contemporary and future historians need to grapple with and confront the challenges posed by web archives. These large collections of material, accessed either through the Internet Archive's Wayback Machine or through other ...
    • Mining the ‘Internet Graveyard’: Rethinking the Historians’ Toolkit 

      Milligan, Ian (Journal of the Canadian Historical Association / Revue de la Société historique du Canada, 2013-05-01)
      “Mining the Internet Graveyard” argues that the advent of massive quantity of born-digital historical sources necessitates a rethinking of the historians’ toolkit. The contours of a third wave of computational history are ...
    • Open Data’s Potential for Political History 

      Milligan, Ian (Canadian Parliamentary Review, 2014)
      The recent trend of “open government” initiatives has provided an exciting new source of material for digital humanities researchers. Large datasets allow these scholars to engage in “distant reading” exercises to provide ...
    • An Open-Source Strategy for Documenting Events: The Case Study of the 42nd Canadian Federal Election on Twitter 

      Ruest, Nick; Milligan, Ian (Code4Lib, 2016-04-25)
      This article examines the tools, approaches, collaboration, and findings of the Web Archives for Historical Research Group around the capture and analysis of about 4 million tweets during the 2015 Canadian Federal Election. ...
    • The Problem of History in the Age of Abundance 

      Milligan, Ian (The Chronicle of Higher Education, 2016-12-11)
      Our collective cultural heritage faces a serious problem: In the digital age, we can document and "remember" more than ever before. But the scale of historical material is so huge that it will decisively change how scholars ...
    • We Are All Digital Now: Digital Photography and the Reshaping of Historical Practice 

      Milligan, Ian (Canadian Historical Review, 2020-12)
      Visiting a reading room in the last five years is a very different experience than what it looked like even fifteen years ago: while a few researchers carefully read archival documents in situ, most are crouched over their ...
    • Welcome to the web: The online community of GeoCities during the early years of the World Wide Web 

      Milligan, Ian (UCL Press, 2017-03)
      As the World Wide Web entered mainstream North American society in the mid-to late 1990s, GeoCities was there to welcome users with open arms. GeoCities helped to facilitate their first steps into publishing, so they could ...
    • Writing the Historian's Macroscope in Public 

      Milligan, Ian; Graham, Shawn; Weingart, Scott (American Historical Association, 2014-10)
      Exploring Big Historical Data: The Historian's Macroscope - A short book summary by the authors exploring their own rationale, and the historical context for the book's themes, including descriptions of the collaborative ...


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