Emily Maemura is a PhD Candidate in her fifth year of study at the University of Toronto’s Faculty of Information (iSchool). Her research focus is on web archiving, studying the practices of collecting and preserving what is currently on the web for future use by researchers in the social sciences and humanities. She is interested in approaches and methods for working with web archives data and research collections, and in capturing diverse perspectives of the internet as an object and/or site of study.


I am the recipient of a SSHRC Canada Graduate Scholarship Doctoral Award and an Ontario Graduate Scholarship for my doctoral studies. A summary of my research is available here.

During the spring of 2018 I was a guest researcher at Aarhus University’s NetLab, supported by a SSHRC Michael Smith Foreign Study Supplement award. I conducted ethnographic fieldwork to study Netarkivet, a collection of the Danish web domain by the Royal Danish Library. This included interviews and observations of the work of library staff involved in creating the collection as well as researchers who are using the collection as a scholarly source. The goal of this work is to develop an understanding of the key relationships that define ‘web archives provenance’, in order to better design web archiving infrastructure that supports ways to capture important provenance information at different stages of a collection’s development. 

Previously, I was part of the 2017 cohort of PhD Summer Residents at the McLuhan Centre for Culture and Technology.

I participated in the Digital Methods Initiative Summer School at the University of Amsterdam in 2015 – I wrote a short post about the projects developed on the theme of “Post-Snowden Media Empiricism and Secondary Social Media”.

As a Research Assistant with the Digital Curation Institute I’ve worked on the BenchmarkDP project exploring Capability Maturity Models for organizational assessment in digital preservation. See the DCI website for publications from the project.

Prior to my doctoral work, I completed my Masters of Information (MI) at the University of Toronto, with a focus in Information Systems & Design and the Collaborative Program in Knowledge Media DesignMy background in architecture and construction management contributed to my interest in how the design of systems and infrastructure impact user experience. It also gave me to opportunity to work with a number of architecture and design firms in Toronto, Vancouver, and Los Angeles, and to study architecture in Rome.

I also sometimes like to make various weird things.



Twitter: emilymaemura

Github: emilymae

Last updated October 29 2018