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Cci Paper

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Cci Paper

  1. 1. Developing methods of tracking distributed political discourse <ul><ul><ul><li>Barry Saunders </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>PhD candidate, Creative Industries QUT </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>http://investigativeblog.net </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>http://gatewatching.org </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Research draws on Opportunities in Citizen Journalism ARC Linkage project </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Comic: http://xkcd.com/386/ </li></ul></ul></ul>
  2. 2. Thanks to <ul><li>Axel Bruns, Terry Flew, Kay Saunders </li></ul><ul><li>Jason Wilson, Tim Highfield </li></ul><ul><li>Thomas Nicholai, Lars Kirchhoff </li></ul><ul><li>SBS, Online Opinion, Cisco, the Brisbane Institute and QUT </li></ul>
  3. 3. The problem <ul><li>Visualising and tracking political discussion on blogs and websites </li></ul><ul><li>Network mapping (linkfluence) is only one aspect of the question </li></ul><ul><li>Google Pagerank is useful but limited </li></ul>
  4. 4. Network mapping approaches <ul><li>From http://linkfluence.net/ </li></ul>
  5. 5. Issues with this approach <ul><li>Useful for identifying a static social network </li></ul><ul><li>But blog conversations are often not static </li></ul><ul><li>Also does not look at conversations themselves, simply linkages, privileges bloggers over the community </li></ul><ul><li>Can mistake blogrolls for article links </li></ul>
  6. 6. So then <ul><li>A multilevel, iterative palimpsestic approach </li></ul><ul><li>Tools: Issuecrawler </li></ul><ul><li>Leximancer </li></ul><ul><li>datascraper </li></ul><ul><li>Excel </li></ul><ul><li>Many Eyes </li></ul>
  7. 7. approach <ul><li>Choose issue and common search terms </li></ul><ul><li>Choose parameters </li></ul><ul><li>Develop seed list </li></ul><ul><li>Plug into Issuecrawler </li></ul><ul><li>Take generated URLs and add to datascraper </li></ul><ul><li>Take scraped data and add to Leximancer </li></ul><ul><li>Take Leximancer data and add to Many Eyes </li></ul>
  8. 8. Case Study <ul><li>Australian political blogosphere </li></ul><ul><li>Search term “Australian 2020 Summit” </li></ul><ul><li>Generated seeds using Blogs.com.au </li></ul><ul><li>Fed into Issuecrawler </li></ul>
  9. 9. Issuecrawler map 2020
  10. 10. Detail
  11. 11. Detail
  12. 12. Leximancer
  13. 13. Leximancer
  14. 14. Many eyes
  15. 15. Club Troppo associated term frequency - “Labor”
  16. 16. Larvatus Prodeo associated term frequency: “Labor”
  17. 17. Ongoing research <ul><li>Many-eyes can be used to track term frequency over time </li></ul><ul><li>Looking to map term frequency against linkages </li></ul><ul><li>Develop tools for visualising changes over time, with discussion terms, linkages and quantity and popularity of posts mapped </li></ul>
  18. 18. Ongoing research <ul><li>Understanding development of political discussion online </li></ul><ul><li>Methods for tracking political opinion as we move to post-broadcast environment without necessarily clearly defined opinion leaders </li></ul><ul><li>Information for understand notions of the public sphere in the age of the internet </li></ul>

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