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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

phd update

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It’s been a while between updates, but most of that is due to spending time on the next major stage of the phd candidature: confirmation. In just over a week, I’ll be one year into the great work, which means I have a 45 minute seminar to present on my research (and also prepare an accompanying 60-80 page document for the seminar panel). The presentation itself is on 31 March, more details forthcoming. Once that’s out of the way, there will be more work-in-progress type posts; I’ve put in abstracts for a few conferences later in the year, and chosen to focus on particular sets of data being collected from the Australian and French political blogospheres, so there’ll be some information coming out of that hopefully.

One more immediate bit of news regards the paper I presented last year at the Ignite conference for QUT Creative Industries postgrads – ‘Which way up? Reading and drawing maps of the blogosphere’. I posted the slides and discussion of the conference here at the time, but not the paper itself. Soon after the conference, I received an email asking if I wanted to submit the paper for the proceedings journal, and it is now online at ejournalist along with several other papers from Ignite on a variety of Creative Industries theoretical and practice-based studies.

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8 March, 2009 at 12:09 pm

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