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]

  1. 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. 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. 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. 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. 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. 6. New directions 1. Types of link Blogrolls vs. in-text citations (vs. in-text in topical network) (vs. comments, other platforms)
  7. 7. Blogrolls French political blogs Jan-Aug 2009 Size: in-degree Colour: out-degree
  8. 8. Out-links French political blogs Jan-Aug 2009 Size: in-degree Colour: out-degree
  9. 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. 10. Out-links Size: in-degree Colour: out-degree French political blogs 16-25 January 2009
  11. 11. Topical network: Obama inauguration French political blogs 16-25 January 2009 Size: in-degree Colour: out-degree
  12. 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. 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. 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. 15. Druaux (2007) Cartographie diablement subjective et approximative de la blogarchie francophone 2007 francophone
  16. 16. Munroe (2007) Map of Online Communities
  17. 17. Munroe (2010) Updated Map of Online Communities See also Bloch (2010) /
  18. 18. Lars Kirchhoff Thomas Nicolai @sociomantic Tim Highfield @timhighfield