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Dr Jessica Ogden

  • BS8 1TU

20102020

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Research interests

I am a social scientist and critical informatics scholar of digital culture, data politics and the Web. Originally trained as an anthropologist, my research centres around the everyday power and politics embedded in the construction of the Web’s past. My research experience cross-cuts several domains and subject areas related to the ways in which digital culture, media and knowledge are constructed and represented online, as well as the broad implications these have for contemporary and future digital scholarship. I have a broad range of interdisciplinary research experience and training which spans the domains of Sociology and Anthropology, Science and Technology Studies (STS), Web Science and critical data studies.

At the heart of my research is a fundamental attentiveness to the ways that knowledge is shaped by the sociotechnical practices used to record and preserve the past. From documenting human rights abuses to studying algorithmic discrimination in online advertising, the transience and availability of the Web in its various forms is an increasingly important topic of debate within the public sphere. Web archives (WAs) - broadly conceived as any attempt to capture and preserve the Web for future use - are evermore central to this issue, providing tools for accessing parts of the Web that have been subject to neglect, removal or state and platform-based forms of content moderation and censorship. My research re-situates WAs as 'places' of knowledge and cultural production in their own right, by implicating both people and technologies in the shaping of the 'politics of ephemerality’ that lead to the creation, maintenance and use of the Web's past. My recent work has therefore focused on three intersecting strands of concern related to the role of archivists and archival technologies in shaping contemporary Web history: 1) the invisible labour involved in the creation and maintenance of web and data archives; 2) the power, politics and ethics of 'saving the Web'; and 3) the methodological opportunities and challenges presented by WAs for studying digital life online.

Structured keywords and research groupings

  • Digital Societies
  • Cultural Work

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Projects

The Social Life of Web Archives

Ogden, J.

1/10/2030/09/21

Project: Research

Research Output

A tale of two web archives: Challenges of engaging web archival infrastructures for research

Ogden, J. & Maemura, E., 7 Oct 2020.

Research output: Contribution to conferenceConference Abstract

Open Access

Knowing infrastructure: Critically engaging the Wayback Machine as source for STS research

Ogden, J., Summers, E. & Walker, S., 28 May 2020.

Research output: Contribution to conferenceConference Abstract

Open Access

Web Archiving as Culture: Tumblr and the Cultural Construction of the Archived Web

Ogden, J., 5 Oct 2020, Selected Papers of Internet Research. AoIR2020 ed. Association of Internet Researchers, Vol. 2020.

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingConference Contribution (Conference Proceeding)

Open Access