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New directions for blog network mapping [with Lars Kirchhoff and Thomas Nicolai, IR11, Gothenburg, October 2010]
New directions for blog network mapping [with Lars Kirchhoff and Thomas Nicolai, IR11, Gothenburg, October 2010]
New directions for blog network mapping [with Lars Kirchhoff and Thomas Nicolai, IR11, Gothenburg, October 2010]
New directions for blog network mapping [with Lars Kirchhoff and Thomas Nicolai, IR11, Gothenburg, October 2010]
New directions for blog network mapping [with Lars Kirchhoff and Thomas Nicolai, IR11, Gothenburg, October 2010]
New directions for blog network mapping [with Lars Kirchhoff and Thomas Nicolai, IR11, Gothenburg, October 2010]
New directions for blog network mapping [with Lars Kirchhoff and Thomas Nicolai, IR11, Gothenburg, October 2010]
New directions for blog network mapping [with Lars Kirchhoff and Thomas Nicolai, IR11, Gothenburg, October 2010]
New directions for blog network mapping [with Lars Kirchhoff and Thomas Nicolai, IR11, Gothenburg, October 2010]
New directions for blog network mapping [with Lars Kirchhoff and Thomas Nicolai, IR11, Gothenburg, October 2010]
New directions for blog network mapping [with Lars Kirchhoff and Thomas Nicolai, IR11, Gothenburg, October 2010]
New directions for blog network mapping [with Lars Kirchhoff and Thomas Nicolai, IR11, Gothenburg, October 2010]
New directions for blog network mapping [with Lars Kirchhoff and Thomas Nicolai, IR11, Gothenburg, October 2010]
New directions for blog network mapping [with Lars Kirchhoff and Thomas Nicolai, IR11, Gothenburg, October 2010]
New directions for blog network mapping [with Lars Kirchhoff and Thomas Nicolai, IR11, Gothenburg, October 2010]
New directions for blog network mapping [with Lars Kirchhoff and Thomas Nicolai, IR11, Gothenburg, October 2010]
New directions for blog network mapping [with Lars Kirchhoff and Thomas Nicolai, IR11, Gothenburg, October 2010]
New directions for blog network mapping [with Lars Kirchhoff and Thomas Nicolai, IR11, Gothenburg, October 2010]
New directions for blog network mapping [with Lars Kirchhoff and Thomas Nicolai, IR11, Gothenburg, October 2010]
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New directions for blog network mapping [with Lars Kirchhoff and Thomas Nicolai, IR11, Gothenburg, October 2010]

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Panel presentation with Lars Kirchhoff and Thomas Nicolai, at IR11, Gothenburg, October 2010

Panel presentation with Lars Kirchhoff and Thomas Nicolai, at IR11, Gothenburg, October 2010

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  • 1. New directions for blog network mapping IR11 Göteborg, Sweden, 22 October 2010 Tim Highfield Queensland University of Technology Lars Kirchhoff Thomas Nicolai Sociomantic Labs
  • 2. Overview Blog network mapping visualising connections between groups of sites links, affiliations, friendships, clusters references, opposition for large datasets, enables depiction of non-physical space, make sense of data, (although risk of focussing on 'sciencey' visualisations rather than analysis)
  • 3. Previous examples Adamic and Glance (2005) U.S. - 2004 Presidential election RTGI/linkfluence (2007 - present) France – 2007 Presidential election U.S. - 2008 Presidential election Europe – 2009 EU elections Kelly and Etling (2008) Persian-language Etling et al. (2009) Arabic blogs
  • 4. Strengths Overview of large/long-term datasets Identification of clusters/groups, including around themes or activities Locate most active sites, popular sources Weaknesses Differentiation between types of link, link semantics, link frequency Temporal variations – event-oriented peaks or troughs, context for blog activity
  • 5. Research context Study of French and Australian political blogs (and associated sites) Data collection: January – August 2009 Data used: blog posts and links Focus on comparing whole period activity and event- based, topical networks
  • 6. New directions 1. Types of link Blogrolls vs. in-text citations (vs. in-text in topical network) (vs. comments, other platforms)
  • 7. Blogrolls French political blogs Jan-Aug 2009 Size: in-degree Colour: out-degree
  • 8. Out-links French political blogs Jan-Aug 2009 Size: in-degree Colour: out-degree
  • 9. 2. Dynamics / Snapshots Isolating posts around particular topics/ people/events Day-by-day variations, changes in network over time Topical references vs. most cited resources overall, topical blog activity compared to total output during period
  • 10. Out-links Size: in-degree Colour: out-degree French political blogs 16-25 January 2009
  • 11. Topical network: Obama inauguration French political blogs 16-25 January 2009 Size: in-degree Colour: out-degree
  • 12. 3. Mixed methods Hyperlink analysis + content analysis locating networks using link data from posts discussing particular topic (+ visualisation) analysing text of posts from individual blogs to identify prominent themes, different approaches to the same topic
  • 13. 4. Geographical representations Distribution of sites within a link-based network compared with geographical distribution of blogs clustering around major cities? blogging demographics? (urban/rural?) Combined with content analysis – different topics being discussed around regions?
  • 14. 5. Beyond the network paradigm? Hyperlink analysis invites the use of 'networks'... Other mapping approaches available, depicting prominence of sites (traffic, in-links, rankings), thematic clusters, location, ideologies...
  • 15. Druaux (2007) Cartographie diablement subjective et approximative de la blogarchie francophone 2007 http://www.ouinon.net/index.php?2007/09/24/215-cartograhie-blogosphere- francophone
  • 16. Munroe (2007) Map of Online Communities http://xkcd.com/256/
  • 17. Munroe (2010) Updated Map of Online Communities http://xkcd.com/802_large/ See also Bloch (2010) http://www.flowtown.com/blog /
  • 18. Lars Kirchhoff Thomas Nicolai lars.kirchhoff@sociomantic.com thomas.nicolai@sociomantic.com sociomantic.com @sociomantic Tim Highfield t.highfield@qut.edu.au timhighfield.net @timhighfield

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