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Tool medley by Anne Helmond. Tools: https://tools.digitalmethods.net

Tool medley by Anne Helmond. Tools: https://tools.digitalmethods.net


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  • 1. digital methods fav tool medley Digital Methods Summer School 2014, Amsterdam, 23 June - 4 July Tomás Saraceno, galaxies forming along filaments, Venice Biennial 2009 anne helmond www.digitalmethods.net
  • 2. medley? 1. a diverse assortment or mixture 2. a musical composition made up of a series of songs or short pieces ! <a medley of snack foods available on the buffet table>
  • 3. new methods and tools for social and cultural research
  • 4. digital methods initiative tool database: tools.digitalmethods.net
  • 5. digital methods initiative tool database: tools.digitalmethods.net
  • 6. research question -> operationalization & method: often a chain of tools cablegate
  • 7. Question: Do the sources acknowledge cablegate? The Response of the Source 1.Get all links for US embassy websites: 
 http://www.usembassy.gov/ 2.Compile list of embassies mentioned in cables: http://wikileaks.ch/cablegate.html 3.Compare lists 4.Query mentioned embassies for: 1. wikileaks 2. "Julian Assange" 3. Assange 4. cablegate 5.Get number of cables per embassy 6.Visualize output https://wiki.digitalmethods.net/Dmi/ResponsesoftheSources
  • 8. aim: get links
  • 9. tool: link ripper
  • 10. result: links!
  • 11. repeat & paste in spreadsheet
  • 12. tool: compare lists
  • 13. aim: get #nr mentions
  • 14. tool: googlescraper (Lippmannian Device)
  • 15. result: tagclouds
  • 16. aim: get most leaked embassy tool: Google Docs build on leakfeed API
  • 17. further analysis
  • 18. digital methods search as research the nationality of rights types Research project by the Digital Methods Initiative Summer School 09 https://wiki.digitalmethods.net/Dmi/NationalityofIssues
  • 19. the point of departure of search as research, or societal search, may be summarized as follows: we look at Google results and see society, instead of Google. That is to say, including its ‘artifacts,’ engine results put much on display – from source competition and standing to longevity and commitment. (Rogers 2013) search as research digital methods
  • 20. Can the search engine be repurposed to show which rights are specific per country? research question
  • 21. .nl (Dutch), .be (Dutch, French), .com/.co.uk/.com.au/(English), .it (Italian), .ro (Romanian), .md (Moldavian), .ca (French, English), .fr (French), .de/.at/.lu (German), .fi (Finnish), .se (Swedish), .ee (Estonian), .ru (Russian)
  • 22. “Query design” is the practice of formulating a query so the results can be interpreted as indications and findings (however clue-like), as opposed to mere information retrieved or optimization and manipulation exposed (however fascinating). (Rogers 2013, 111) search as research “query design”
  • 23. Google.se with query“rattigheter”(13.07.09) Google.fi with query“oikeudet”(13.07.09) Google.ee with query“oigused”(15.07.09) Google.lv with query“tiesibas”(16.07.09) Google.co.uk with query“rights”(13.07.09) Google.nl with query“rechten”(13.07.09) Google.fr with query“droits”(14.07.09) Google.pt with query“direitos”(14.07.09) Google.es with query“derechos”(13.07.09)
  • 24. the nationalities of issues https://wiki.digitalmethods.net/Dmi/NationalityofIssues
  • 25. mapping the dutch blogosphere tool: issuecrawler https://wiki.digitalmethods.net/Dmi/DutchBlogosphere2003
  • 26. tool: issuecrawler
  • 27. result: network graph IssueCrawler -> Gephi
  • 28. the historical dutch blogosphere
  • 29. tool: harvester
  • 30. result: links! the historical dutch blogosphere
  • 31. NL Blogosphere deceased blogs tool: linkripper tool: Censorship Explorer (= Get HTTP response status codes from Censorship Explorer)
  • 32. tool: wikipedia bot edits scraper https://wiki.digitalmethods.net/Dmi/NetworkedContent
  • 33. tool: wikipedia bot edits scraper https://wiki.digitalmethods.net/Dmi/NetworkedContent
  • 34. tool: wikipedia bot edits scraper https://wiki.digitalmethods.net/Dmi/NetworkedContent
  • 35. tool: censorship explorer https://mappingiranonline.digitalmethods.net/
  • 36. tool: censorship explorer https://wiki.digitalmethods.net/Dmi/NetworkedContent
  • 37. tool: censorship explorer & tool: dorling map generator https://mappingiranonline.digitalmethods.net/
  • 38. tool: TCAT
  • 39. tool: netvizz
  • 40. tool: tracker tracker
  • 41. Tracker Tracker -> Gephi
  • 42. Tracker Tracker -> Gephi trackers: facebooktrackers: facebook
  • 43. bonus tools! OpenRefine A free, open source, power tool for working with messy data ! http://openrefine.org/
  • 44. bonus tools!
  • 45. bonus tools! tools from colleagues http://tools.medialab.sciences-po.fr/
  • 46. bonus tools! tools from colleagues http://raw.densitydesign.org/
  • 47. anne@digitalmethods.net
 kthnxbai!
 tool wizzard: erik borra
 kthxbai! www.digitalmethods.net anne@digitalmethods.net @silvertje