December 21, 2015

Research Project

Understanding Access to Information Online and in Context

Participate in research and get a chance to win $100. By following the steps below you will be entered to win a $100 Amazon gift card. You will also be eligible for a $30 paid online interview. You must be at least 18 years old and a U.S. resident to enter.

What does participation involve?

  1. Download the Web Historian extension for Google Chrome (not for mobile phones or tablets, only desktops or laptops) small star
    • View your visualizations and remove anything you don’t want to contribute with a simple right-click.
  2. Press the “Participate in Research” button, top right to upload data.
  3. Take the complete online survey (about 5-7 minutes).
    • You must include a valid email address to win. Your email will not be linked to your web history data.

Research objectives

Today people spend a lot of time online getting information, working, socializing and just relaxing. Digital tools have transformed the way we communicate and how we find information in this political season, and beyond. Ericka Menchen-Trevino developed the Web Historian tool to inform web users about the web history data that is already on their computer, which gives them the option to share this data with researchers as informed participants if they choose. This research project combines surveys with web histories to overcome the limitations of using only surveys or only behavioral data.

See Web Historian in Action


Download Here on Chrome Follow these steps for IE or Firefox

What is Web Historian and Why Should I Use It?

Web browsers keep history data, but they don’t enable users to benefit from this data to understand their own habits. Web historian is a browser extension that helps users see their web browsing patterns using interactive visualizations. Users can harness this information to make informed decisions about their web use.

You can discover the websites you have visited over the past 90 days, your daily habits, time use, search words, and much more!

Have you ever lost track of time online? Web Historian helps you find it using interactive visualizations (Websites Visited, Time Heatmap, Network, Search Words & Data Table).

Need to retrace your steps to re-find something? If you can remember anything about it, from the time of day to part of the title or URL, Web Historian can help.

Are you a teacher? Do you want to help your students see how narrow or broad their use of the web is, or what their own digital traces contain? Try using Web Historian as part of an assignment.

Are you a parent? Do you want your child to better understand their own use of time online? Try using Web Historian together with them, or encourage them to use it on their own.

Are you a manager? Do you want to help your team track their own web usage? Of course there are many tools available for examining your team’s web use on the corporate network, but you want to offer data to your team so they can make decisions for themselves. Web Historian can help.

Are you into tracking your own behavior? Are you curious how you use the web at different times of the day? Which sites lead you to other sites most often? How your use of a website changes over time? Web Historian lets you delve into the details.

Are you into advancing research? The Web Historian project aims to help a variety of users understand their web browsing habits. The goal of the project is not to sell eyeballs to advertisers, but to advance research on how people get information online. If users choose to opt-in, interactive visualizations enable them to provide informed consent to participate in an IRB-approved research project “Understanding Access to Information Online and in Context” by Dr. Ericka Menchen-Trevino, Web Historian’s creator and principal programmer, and Assistant Professor at American University. The research is opt-in only. No data is ever sent without the user’s explicit permission, users can delete anything they choose, and can opt-out at any time. 

See the FAQ for more information about how it works and why it’s a good idea.

Download Here on Chrome Follow these steps for IE or Firefox