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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

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