Ian Milligan

Ian Milligan is an associate professor in the Department of History at the University of Waterloo and is the principal investigator of the Web Archives for Historical Research group. His primary research focus is on how historians can use web archives. He teaches courses in historical methodology, postwar Canada, and digital history, and supervise graduate students in diverse areas including postwar Canadian history, video games, and childhood studies. In 2016, Milligan was awarded the Canadian Society for Digital Humanities Outstanding Early Career Award and holds an Ontario Early Researcher Award.

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How Archival Research Morphs in the Digital Age

Today, and into the future, consulting archival documents increasingly means reading them on a screen. This brings with it opportunity — imagine being able to search for keywords across millions of documents, leading to radically faster search times — but also challenge, as the number of electronic documents increases exponentially.

4 years ago

Storify is Dead. Responsible Data Stewardship Must Live

Storify is dead The service, which let you take social media content like Twitter and Facebook posts and aggregate them together into stories, announced that they’ll be shutting down and deleting all content as of March 16th, 2018. It’s not as bad as some platform shutdowns – there is notice and at least you can export your own content (one story at a time) – but it’s still a reminder of how vulnerable user-generated content can be online.

6 years ago