Sources and Resources Into the Dark Domain: The UK Web Archive as a Source for the Contemporary History of Public Health.


Gorsky, M; (2015) Sources and Resources Into the Dark Domain: The UK Web Archive as a Source for the Contemporary History of Public Health. Social history of medicine, 28 (3). pp. 596-616. ISSN 0951-631X DOI: https://doi.org/10.1093/shm/hkv028

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Abstract

With the migration of the written record from paper to digital format, archivists and historians must urgently consider how web content should be conserved, retrieved and analysed. The British Library has recently acquired a large number of UK domain websites, captured 1996-2010, which is colloquially termed the Dark Domain Archive while technical issues surrounding user access are resolved. This article reports the results of an invited pilot project that explores methodological issues surrounding use of this archive. It asks how the relationship between UK public health and local government was represented on the web, drawing on the 'declinist' historiography to frame its questions. It points up some difficulties in developing an aggregate picture of web content due to duplication of sites. It also highlights their potential for thematic and discourse analysis, using both text and image, illustrated through an argument about the contradictory rationale for public health policy under New Labour.

Item Type: Article
Faculty and Department: Faculty of Public Health and Policy > Dept of Social and Environmental Health Research
Research Centre: Centre for History in Public Health
PubMed ID: 26217072
Web of Science ID: 359634200009
URI: http://researchonline.lshtm.ac.uk/id/eprint/2248501

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