Reference : Paris and Nice terrorist attacks: Exploring Twitter and web archives
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Paris and Nice terrorist attacks: Exploring Twitter and web archives
Schafer, Valerie mailto [University of Luxembourg > Luxembourg Center for Contemporary and Digital History (C2DH) > >]
Truc, Gérôme mailto [Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique - CNRS]
Badouard, Romain mailto [Université Paris 2 Panthéon-Assas]
Castex, Lucien mailto [Université Paris 3 Sorbonne-Nouvelle]
Musiani, Francesca mailto [Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique - CNRS]
Media, War and Conflict
SAGE Publications
Yes (verified by ORBilu)
New York
[en] terrorism ; attacks ; web ; twitter ; born-digital heritage ; heritagization ; web archives
[en] The attacks suffered by France in January and November 2015, and then in the course of 2016, especially the Nice attack, provoked intense online activity both during the events and in the months that followed. The digital traces left by this reactivity and reactions to events gave rise, from the very first days and even hours after the attacks, to a ‘real-time’ institutional archiving by the National Library of France (Bibliothèque nationale de France, BnF) and the National Audio-visual Institute (Institut national de l’audiovisuel, Ina). The results amount to millions of archived tweets and URLs. This article sets out to explore the creation and the temporalities of this ‘born-digital’ heritage. It seeks to highlight the most significant issues guiding initial research carried out on these relatively unedited corpora, from collection to exploitation, online stream of data to its mediation and re-composition.
Luxembourg Centre for Contemporary and Digital History (C2DH) > Contemporary European History (EHI)
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