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challenges of tracking topical discussion networks online [ICA2010]

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I’m currently in Singapore, having spent the last few days at the now-concluded International Communication Association conference for 2010. As well as going to various interesting presentations covering a wide range of processes, subjects, and disciplines (including such topics as the uses of Twitter while watching television programmes and the anatomy of YouTube memes), I also prepared a short presentation on some of the network mapping I’ve been doing recently, using data collected by Lars Kirchhoff and Thomas Nicolai of Sociomantic Labs. The final paper authored by the three of us, ‘Challenges of tracking topical discussion networks online’ will be available later, but for the moment here are the slides used yesterday morning at 8.30 (and, for more explanation, Axel Bruns was liveblogging both this session and the rest of the conference too):

[For details of the other presentation I was involved with, ‘Mapping the Australian Networked Public Sphere’ (Axel Bruns, Jean Burgess, Tim Highfield, Lars Kirchhoff, and Thomas Nicolai), Axel has the slides online here]

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26 June, 2010 at 4:08 pm


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Some cross-promotion here, just in case anyone reading this is interested in a postgraduate research conference being organised by QUT‘s Creative Industries faculty in late October 2010 (disclaimer: I’m on the organising committee): Ignite10! Looking for Trouble? Intended for postgraduates from Creative Industries at QUT, but open to other disciplines and universities too, Ignite aims to showcase the diversity of research across the faculty and develop connections between its postgraduates and the faculty itself. All going well I will have a poster displaying some of the various visualisations I’ve been working on this year at the conference (as seen in previous entries and on flickr), and there will be a range of presentations from across the disciplines featuring in Creative Industries, including creative writing, film, journalism, media and communication, visual arts, urban informatics, and music. Showcasing postgraduate student work from QUT Creative Industries, the conference will be a mix of student papers, posters, panels and roundtables, creative works, and performances over three days: 27-29 October, QUT Creative Industries Precinct, Kelvin Grove, Brisbane. I presented at the previous conference in October 2008, and recommend it as a venue for presenting research or work-in-progress in a supportive environment, and also as an opportunity to learn about projects in other Creative Industries disciplines or to meet fellow postgraduates.

The call for papers is out now, with submissions due next Friday 28 May. More information can be found at the conference website and questions and queries can be sent to this email address.

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20 May, 2010 at 11:54 am

Posted in conference, ignite, qut

october review

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or, what I did on my travels, 5 October – 4 November 2009 (listed here mostly in case my memory fails):

No, really?


Projects, institutes, and groups visited/discussed


Exhibitions, shows, galleries, and museums

Books read

  • Juliet, Naked – Nick Hornby
  • Gentlemen of the Road – Michael Chabon
  • Everything is Illuminated – Jonathan Safran Foer
  • Bicycle Diaries – David Byrne


  • Chicago
  • Milwaukee
  • San Francisco
  • Palo Alto
  • Seattle
  • New Orleans
  • Boston
  • Paris
  • Bruxelles
  • Perth


  • 13 flights
  • 10 trains
  • 28 metro/subway rides
  • 16 buses
  • 7 taxis
  • 4 trams
  • 2 ferries
  • 1 monorail
  • 1 bike
  • a lot of walking…

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8 November, 2009 at 4:56 pm

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ir10 slides: themes and discussions from the French political blogosphere

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The two presentations I was involved in at ir10, looking at the Australian and French political blogospheres, both happened earlier today. Axel has already posted the slides from the Australian paper, ‘Critical Voices in the Australian Political Blogosphere’, over at his blog, along with the many recaps of other papers from the conference. So, here are the slides for the French blog-oriented paper, renamed to ‘Themes and discussions from eight months in the French political blogosphere’. The slides aren’t much to look at, a lot wordier than I’d like normally, but given the time in carrying out the study to get to a point where it could be presented, the words were as much a reference for me as information for the audience! Obviously the work is very preliminary, but there should be more coming out of both papers in the next few months.

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10 October, 2009 at 6:45 am

ir10, Milwaukee

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I am currently in the US, on my way to Milwaukee for the Association of Internet Researchers conference. With pre-conference seminars tomorrow, it promises to be a busy few days from here until Saturday night. I’ve got a few different things happening as well as attending as many sessions as possible. Tomorrow is the doctoral colloquium, where there will be a few OIISDP alumni as well as new faces with whom to discuss research topics and issues. Following that, on Friday morning is a session featuring a paper Axel Bruns, Thomas Nicolai, Lars Kirchhoff, and myself have been working on, looking at activity in the Australian political blogosphere over the first half of 2009. Finally, and indeed in the same session, is a paper I’ve been working on covering pretty much the same period, but looking at the French political blogosphere – it’s the first look at French data I’ve had, so this is very much a tentative preliminary study, with some methodological issues to be taken into account for future work, but it should also raise some interesting directions for the next phase of work in both the French and Australian political blogospheres.

Post-Milwaukee, I’ve got a bit of travel happening, before some institution visits in Boston and Paris, but more on those later. A bit closer to/after the presentations, I’ll try and get the slides uploaded and any interesting outcomes from the papers. I won’t be liveblogging, although Axel probably will be, but any diversionary comments from me will most likely be on twitter!

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7 October, 2009 at 3:11 am


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Incredibly busy non-thesis times recently, presenting at the ANZCA conference a couple of weeks ago and also attending the Oxford Internet Institute’s Summer Doctoral Programme (both being held here at QUT). I’m not going to write about what happened at either, not at the moment at least, but a quick plug that the OIISDP is a not-to-be-missed opportunity if you’re a postgrad looking at some aspect of internet research (and that of course entails anything from copyright law to e-health to online activism to cyberinfrastructure to online social networks and so on and so forth), and is extremely highly recommended. As is having a short break afterwards to recover. As such, I’m flying to Perth tomorrow, although I will also be working on further outcomes from the paper I presented at ANZCA and preparing for the AoIR conference in Milwaukee in October – attending the pre-conference colloquium and presenting at the conference itself.

For both the SDP and ANZCA I had to present, so I’m including the presentations below; I was testing out an online tool called Prezi at the time, so they’re a little more involved/transition-y than a standard powerpoint presentation, but I hope I’ve avoided giving anyone motion sickness through them. I may return to a more traditional format for AoIR, although the paper itself may determine that. The SDP presentation is an overview of (some of) my PhD research project, if you want to know about that: http://prezi.com/121901/

The ANZCA presentation is ‘Inauguration from afar: Mapping Obama discussion in the Australian political blogosphere‘ – basically a pilot study for my PhD, taking blog and online news media site content from the week before and week after the inauguration of Barack Obama in January 2009, and seeing what was discussed. There will be more to come out of this, the presentation was a very preliminary study, but for some details on what I said, and indeed what many other presentations at ANZCA covered, Axel liveblogged many, many sessionshttp://prezi.com/121009/

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24 July, 2009 at 2:46 pm

which way up? drawing and reading maps of the blogosphere

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My presentation at Ignite was about maps of the blogosphere, the kind of approaches used, and the information provided by different formats. Rather than being specifically related to my current research, I wanted to investigate this topic as it may form part of my phd later on, and also because it involved maps and I wanted a break from all the theory I’d been reading and writing about for my proposal.

The presentation went okay, I think, although through my nervous state at the time I don’t remember what I said. There were a lot of questions, though, and some excellent feedback and positive comments about what I’d presented, with several people being similarly inspired by maps. I’ve written up some notes from the questions as part of my new writing routine, which I’ll try and use in follow-up work. The paper itself, I haven’t decided what to do with it, whether it’ll be submitted for the proceedings journal or not (I’ll make my mind up over the next few days), but it’ll either be linked to or uploaded here later.

Powerpoint, with pictures and slideshare’s wonderful “mucking up the text formatting” abilities:

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6 October, 2008 at 1:58 pm