Treating the Web as an Archive

Most often when people think of the web they think of it as a place to get new information. Companies are told they must constantly update their website while customers and citizens look for the latest updates. But because the web is relatively new, it is strongly biased towards digitally displaying and archiving new information. What happens when the web gets older? One possibility… it could change how we study history. Again, nothing is different per se — the same old research methods will be used — but what if it is 10 times easier to do, a 100 times faster and contains with a million time the quantity of information? With the archives of newspapers, blogs and other web sites readily available to be searched the types of research once reserved for only the most diligent and patient might be more broadly accessible

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