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10/10/01
World History Makes Web History
- Super-archive scheme to take all-encompassing snapshot of a planet in crisis

AS WELL AS marking what many believe will prove a turning point in world history, the September 11 attacks on America could represent a watershed in the development of the internet as a tool of historical analysis.

American researchers are busy collating an Attack Archive, which they hope will contain nearly every page posted in connection with the terrorist atrocities. "The upsurge of civic engagement we see evidenced on the web is quite significant," said Kirsten Foot, a University of Washington professor, who is one of those leading the archive project.

"The internet is a valuable resource that will allow us to go back and analyse in much greater detail what this really was about and what it meant."

In stark contrast to much of the media, Foot and her team are keen to include all shades of opinion in their archive. "We've made a decision to go and seek out sites from other countries, particularly Arab language sites or sites produced by press organisations in other countries that have made statements against us," Foot said.

The Attack Archive findings will be available at www.webarchivist.org.




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