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WCU Webometrics Institute
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WCU Webometrics Institute
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WCU Webometrics Institute
WCU Webometrics Institute
WCU Webometrics Institute
WCU Webometrics Institute
WCU Webometrics Institute
WCU Webometrics Institute
WCU Webometrics Institute
WCU Webometrics Institute
WCU Webometrics Institute
WCU Webometrics Institute
WCU Webometrics Institute
WCU Webometrics Institute
WCU Webometrics Institute
WCU Webometrics Institute
WCU Webometrics Institute
WCU Webometrics Institute
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  • 1. INVESTIGATING INTERNET-BASED POLITICS WITH E-RESEARCH TOOLS Prof. HanWoo Park, Greg Elmer, Maurice Vergeer WCU webometrics institute YeungNam University, South KOREA. http://english-webometrics.yu.ac.kr/
  • 2. * Contents * Background to WCU Project. Part A. General Information Part B. Summary of Proposal Part C. Project Description C.1 Recruiting Foreign Scholar(s) C.2 Description of Participants C.3 Educational Activity Plan of Foreign Scholar(s) C.4 Research Plan WCU webometrics institute at YeungNam University, South KOREA
  • 3. * Nick Jankowski's early PPT about WCU : (Click!) The World Class University Project is a program financed by the Korean government that invites international scholars with advanced research expertise to collaborate with Korean faculty members and establish new academic programs in key growth-generating fields . With a vision to enhance the competence of Korean universities, the WCU project seeks to improve the level of higher education in the country, thereby contributing to development of world-class research institutions in Korea. The objective of the WCU Project Group at YeungNam University is to identify, track, and analyze the effectiveness of networked political campaigns across a range of Web 2.0 platforms in Korea (e.g., social network sites, YouTube, blogs, candidate and campaign Web sites, NGO and civil society Web sites). Recently developed software tools make it possible to examine how issues of public interest develop across time. The purpose of the project is to extend hyperlink and Web sphere analysis methods, adapting them to the Web 2.0 environment. Background to WCU Project WCU webometrics institute at YeungNam University, South KOREA
  • 4. Principal Investigator Han Woo Park [email_address] http://www.hanpark.net Foreign Scholars Greg Elmer [email_address] www.gregelmer.com Maurice Vergeer [email_address] www.mauricevergeer.nl * Professors WCU webometrics institute at YeungNam University, South KOREA
  • 5. from 01/04/2009    to 31/08/2012   (4  years) Humanities & Social Sciences > Full name : Han Woo Park > Affiliation(dept.) : YeungNam University (Dept of Media & Communication) > Position : Associate Professor INVESTIGATING INTERNET-BASEDPOLITICS WITH E-RESEARCH TOOLS Type(2) : Recruiting foreign scholars to existing academic programs Part A. General Information Project Title Principal Investigator Type of Project Research Field Classifications Project Duration WCU webometrics institute at YeungNam University, South KOREA
  • 6. > To develop new research methods and tools to track the impact of web 2.0 technologies and “user generated content ” on Korean political life. > E-science > Internet politics > Web 2.0 Citizen journalism > Internet research User-generated content > Participatory Media > Political communication Keywords Project Goal Part B. Summary of Proposal(1) WCU webometrics institute at YeungNam University, South KOREA
  • 7. > The project proposes the funding of two foreign scholars and post docs, in addition to a series of international research workshops. > Funding is also requested for research support, and support for the development of online research tools and data archiving of web 2.0 content. > The project seeks to develop new innovative tools and research methods that will produce cutting edge research, peer reviewed publications, two books, and long lasting international research network for Korean faculty and graduate students. > The project proposal also contains a number of research workshops lead by some of the world’s leading scholars on new media and elections. Part B. Summary of Proposal(2) Project contents WCU webometrics institute at YeungNam University, South KOREA
  • 8. 1) The training and retention of Korean grad students and faculty. 2) The development of Korean focused politics 2.0 and e-science research methods and tools. 3) The development of data repository of Korean online politics. 4) Comparative studies of European, North American, and Korean elections on the Internet 5) Potential technological (software) spin-offs to Korean government and private sectors partners interested in analyzing social media metrics, visualizations, and data sets. 6) More broadly, the establishment of Korea as world leader on Web 2.0 research in the political sphere. 7) Peer reviewed publications, and edited volume, and multiple authored scholarly book. 8) The establishment of other international research networks – through scholars invited to participate in our workshops. Expected Project Outputs Part B. Summary of Proposal(3) WCU webometrics institute at YeungNam University, South KOREA
  • 9.   Part C. Project Description C.1. Recruiting Foreign Scholar(s) 1) Research field of foreign scholar(1) > PhD in the field of communication studies. > Scholar of social and political uses of the Internet, other information and communication technologies. > The Principal Investigator of the three-year Internet and Politics research project. > The Principal Investigator of an ongoing project investigating the “user-generated content” in the mass media Dr. Greg Elmer WCU webometrics institute at YeungNam University, South KOREA
  • 10.   > PhD in communication science. > An expert at audience research in the areas of television, the Internet and the press. > Field of studies : Media supply side, ranging from broadcasters’ programming strategies on television, local media landscapes, content analysis of radio programs,to analysis of processes of media concentration. > Director of the pan-European project on political parties’ use of the Web for election campaigning for the European Parliament election in 2009. 1) Research field of foreign scholar(2) Dr. Maurice Vergeer WCU webometrics institute at YeungNam University, South KOREA
  • 11.
    • Web 2.0 & Korean Political Life :
    • >This project is to support and extend the
    • pioneering work initiated by Korean political
    • communication scholars in this area through
    • development of collaborative relations with
    • a core of researchers.
    2. e-Research in the Social Sciences : >This project generates an overview of e-research initiatives in the social sciences scattered across Korea and provides a series of conceptual seminars and training workshops. 2) Necessity and importance of the research field INVESTIGATING INTERNET-BASED POLITICS WITH E-RESEARCH TOOLS > We anticipate spin-off emerging from this WCU initiative, both in the arena of political Communication research as well as in much broader areas of Korean scholarship and society. WCU webometrics institute at YeungNam University, South KOREA
  • 12.   1. Peer reviewed publications. The first book will contain a collection of comparative international perspectives, with Korea as central point of reference. A second book will focus on empirical studies conducted during the course of the WCU project in Korea. 2. Research tools. The WCU project group will make widely available to Korean scholars and researchers user-friendly software tools able to track the shifting relationships between government, political parties, the mass media, and citizen “user-generated content” 3. Data-sets. This WCU project intends to develop an open and accessible data archive of user-generated materials. 4. Graduate student retention and Korean faculty enhancement. Our research program is designed to incorporate and foster participation from graduate students and faculty based at YeungNam University. 3) Expected Outcomes WCU webometrics institute at YeungNam University, South KOREA
  • 13. Dept of Media & communication, YeungNam University. Educational Background * Ph D., Department of Communication, State University of New York at Buffalo, June 2002. * M.A., Dept. of Communication & Information, Seoul National University,Seoul, South Korea, February 1997. Working Experience * Visiting research fellow, Oxford Internet Institute, (click!) * Research associate, Networked Research & Digital Information group(currently named Virtual Knowledge Studio), Royal Netherlands Academy of Arts& Sciences, (click!) * Researcher, Policy Research Division, Korean Agency for Digital Opportunity, (click!) > Dr. Park has contributed ground-breaking work in the area of Link Analysis (also known as Webometrics). > Using a combination of social hyperlink network analysis and Web feature analysis, he conducted a three-year Korean Research Foundation Grant, "Analyzing the Political Web sphere in South Korea" and from that work published several widely cited international journal articles. C.2.Description of Participants 1) Principal Investigator : Dr. Han Woo PARK WCU webometrics institute at YeungNam University, South KOREA
  • 14. 2) Supporting system for the project Each institution maintains robust internet, access grid, and teleconferencing technologies that will assist in the ongoing collaborations between the three scholars and other participants in Korea. > They have secured the adequate tie release from their institutions to fully participate in this project. > They maintain rigorous research funding programs at their home institutions that will complement this Korean focused project.     Dr. Elmer Dr. Vergeer Dr. Park Supporting System WCU webometrics institute at YeungNam University, South KOREA
  • 15.   1) International research initiatives > From the Virtual Knowledge Studio in Amsterdam, to the Oxford Internet institute. 2) Association of Internet Researchers annual conferences > His ongoing participation at Association makes him a suitable leader for this project. 1) International research networks 2) Having extensive research leadership experience > Serving as a research chair at his university > Serving as principal investigator of two multi-year new media research projects. 1) Strong research portfolio 2) Having extensive experience > Research methods relating to the use of Internet platforms in national and supra-national elections. 3) Relevance and superiority of participants Dr. Park Dr. Greg Elmer Dr. Maurice Vergeer WCU webometrics institute at YeungNam University, South KOREA
  • 16.   C.3.Educational Activity Plan of Foreign Scholar(s) 1) Lecture Plan Dr. Maurice Vergeer : Political Communication and the Internet Dr. Greg Elmer : The Social and Political Implications of New Media > To focus on interrogating the theoretical, historical, and technological foundations of contemporary information and communications technologies. > To focus on the conceptualization of political communication as manifested on the Internet. WCU webometrics institute at YeungNam University, South KOREA
  • 17.   2) Additional educational activity plans(1) Year 1 Year 2 Semester 2 Semester 2 Semester 1 > Towards an understanding of e-Research (Jankowski) > Webometrics : collecting and visualizing Internet data (Jankowski & Thelwall) > Mapping Politics 2.0 : Recent tools&procedures (Langlois & Elmer) > E-Research : mapping disciplinary approaches and impediments to large scale data sharing (Schroeder & Meyer) > Web archiving as e-research (Schneider & Foot) > Visualization techniques for social science discovery in computational spaces (Smith) (Sept.-Dec. 2009) (Mar.-June 2010) (Sept.-Dec. 2010) WCU webometrics institute at YeungNam University, South KOREA
  • 18.   2) Additional educational activity plans(2) Semester 1 Semester 1 Semester 2 (Mar.-June. 2011) (Sept.-Dec. 2011) (Mar.-June 2012) > Advances in Social network analysis (Ackland) > Virtual Ethnography : concepts and tools for doing ethnography in mediated settings (Beaulieu) > E- Scholarship : Publishing in transition (Jankowski) > Web 2.0 politics in Korea (Park, Elmer & Vergeer) > Research ethics in a Web 2.0 world : considerations and guidelines (Jankowski) > Web 2.0 politics in Korea (continued, Park, Elmer & Vergeer) Year 3 Year 4 WCU webometrics institute at YeungNam University, South KOREA
  • 19. 3 ) Expected educational outcomes(1) To focus on discussion of Internet-based politics. The set of theoretical and methodological issues that such a topic raises in new media studies concerning elections and politics. Dr. Elmer & Dr. Vergeer’s class To bring researchers up to date on the main academic concepts and methods being deployed. Dr. Vergeer’s class To offer conceptual and historical frameworks for students and faculty. Dr. Elmer’s class WCU webometrics institute at YeungNam University, South KOREA
  • 20. 3 ) Expected educational outcomes(2) Participants To provide a rigorous and intensive discussion of key components of Internet research. Seminars and workshops To become members of an international network of scholars on Internet politics. This networks will make use of the data, tools, methods, studies, and publications. We believe that a number of Korean graduate students will turn their attention to similar research areas, further developing Korea’s expertise in this line of scholarly investigation. WCU webometrics institute at YeungNam University, South KOREA
  • 21. C.4. Research Plan 1) Necessity of research 1) The rise of Web 2.0 has been equated with a renewed impulse in public participation and reassessment of the definition of democracy. 2) Political parties invest more time in establishing a presence on Web 2.0 platforms, many political actors establish strategies to make their voices heard in the mass of online information, rigorous methods for studying networked politics are urgently needed. 3) The current challenge for the social sciences lies in developing the methods and tools for understanding the new dynamics present on and across Web 2.0 platforms. This WCU project proposes to develop methods and to deploy them through a series of political events, including election campaigning, in Korea. WCU webometrics institute at YeungNam University, South KOREA
  • 22. The ultimate objective of this project : To identify, track, and analyze the effectiveness of networked political campaigns across a range of Web 2.0 platforms in Korea 2 ) Objective and rationale Year 1 > Sharing of Canadian, European, and American data and tools with Korean researchers. : This objective allows for determining where South Korea stands in terms of utilization of the Web as a tool for political communication. > Collection and coding of samples of active Korean political bloggers, YouTube accounts, politician, party, and campaign Web sites. : This process of collected data will also require the development of a user- friendly data base and interface for researchers. WCU webometrics institute at YeungNam University, South KOREA
  • 23. 2 ) Objective and rationale Year 3 and 4 > The last two years of the project will focus on the establishment of a collaborative searchable and user-friendly research archive that contains a ‘ library’ of online political life in Korea. > The goal is to encourage cross-national comparative studies from and with our international colleagues. Year 2 > Primary case study: Analysis of 2010 Korean provincial election 1. We plan to investigate the Web presence of major candidates across a number of political sites. 2. We will examine the way in which candidates are reflected in those sites through a content analysis. 3. Social network analysis and hyperlink analysis will be conducted among a selection of core candidates and political sites. 4. We will investigate how the links have come to serve as a new type of social marker in (Korean) politics. WCU webometrics institute at YeungNam University, South KOREA
  • 24. > Our method of studying networked politics focuses on the products of political actors, such as the images, text, Web pages, and Facebook groups. > The project comprises two distinct steps and levels of implementation. 3 ) Method & Structure of implementation D eveloping Korean based data sets and tools to track the circulation of information and political actors within and across Web platforms. We intend to further develop tools previously developed by the Infoscape Research Lab and to build new tools for analysis. Using those tools for the provincial Korean election. WCU webometrics institute at YeungNam University, South KOREA
  • 25. 4 ) Structure of research proposal Proposal Developing a critical mass of scholars working in concert to advance a project. Developing research methods, technological tools, and data-sets. It will contribute to making Korean Scholarship in this area world class. WCU webometrics institute at YeungNam University, South KOREA
  • 26. 5 ) Research details E-research & Web 2.0 politics Korean graduate students WCU project Dr. Elmer Dr. Vergeer > Development of the “traffic tags” methods of 2.0 Web analysis > Redevelopment of exiting tools to apply to the Korean example > Comparative analysis, statistical methods, > Draw methodological comparisons > Insights from multi-national (E.U.) election case studies Workshop participants Share ongoing and timely insight Mentorship and future collaborations Larger worldwide network of scholars WCU webometrics institute at YeungNam University, South KOREA
  • 27.   6 ) Expected research outcomes Expected research Outcomes Training Korean Students Development of politics 2.0 & e-science research methods Development of data repository of Korean online politics. Comparative studies of European, North American and Korean elections on the Internet. Government and private sectors interested in analyzing social media metrics, visualizations, and datasets. Establishment of Korea as world leader on Web 2.0 research Peer reviewed publications & multiple authored scholarly book. Establishment of other international research networks WCU webometrics institute at YeungNam University, South KOREA
  • 28.   WCU webometrics institute at YeungNam University, South KOREA Link Address Korean Site http:// webometrics.yu.ac.kr/index.jsp English site http://english-webometrics.yu.ac.kr / Chinese site http://chinese-webometrics.yu.ac.kr / E-mail [email_address] Address WCU Webometrics Institute. Yeungnam Univ.,- Dae-dong, Gyeongsan-Si,Gyeongbuk,South Korea Tel +82-53-810-2275

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