(Nov 2007) Informing Blog Appraisal through Bloggers Perspectives on Selection and Preservation

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Event: Conference on Appraisal in the Digital World, Rome, November 15, 2007. With Songphan Choemprayong and Laura Sheble.

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(Nov 2007) Informing Blog Appraisal through Bloggers Perspectives on Selection and Preservation

  1. 1. Informing Blog Appraisal ThroughBloggers’ Perspectives Carolyn Hank Laura Sheble Songphan Choemprayong School of Information and Library Science University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill http://persistentblog.wordpress.com
  2. 2. Bloggers %post several posts a week
  3. 3. Bloggers hoursworking on blogs a week (Mode = 1 - 2 hours)
  4. 4. Bloggers %read other blogs daily
  5. 5. core group 33 Web Survey 46 questions Active bloggers completed surveys Snowball TechniqueMethod…
  6. 6. Bloggers %have blogged for 3 years or more
  7. 7. Bloggers % %contribute to two or contribute to two ormore single-author blogs more collaborative blogs
  8. 8. Identity % 20% 24 %Real name | Both | Pseudonym
  9. 9. Topical AreasProfessionalTechnology PersonalAcademic News PoliticsHobbies Entertainment Family/friendReligion Business Health Sport.
  10. 10. AudiencesCustomer 7.40%Family 27.40%Myself* 40.90%General Public 54.40%Friends 55.80%Colleagues/Professional Peers 63.70%
  11. 11. Preservation % %agree that their own agree that everyblogs should be blog should bepreserved preserved
  12. 12. Hosting1.60% | Other non-commercial server2.10% | Aggregated blogs 3.60% | Commercial blog provider 3.60% | Server at school 7.30% | Social networking site 13.50% | Server at work 14.50% | Commercial server 16.10% | Own server Blog service provider 86%
  13. 13. ComposingOften useblog editorAlternative way:Word processor (desktop and online)Email composerMobile phone/PDADesktop plug-in blog editorInstant messenger
  14. 14. Password2% requirepassword toview ALL %posts require password to view certain posts on their blogs
  15. 15. EDIT Posts Spelling & grammatical errors Rephrasing Update links % Erroneous informationedited content afterit was posted
  16. 16. DELETE Posts -Remove opinions that are no longer hold Remove information that is no longer correct % -Erroneous informationdeleted contentafter it was posted
  17. 17. DELETE Entire Blog %have deleted anentire blog
  18. 18. Presentation %have changed theappearance of theirblogs
  19. 19. Duplication % %duplicate some blog duplicate someposts. comments(18% duplicate all) (12% duplicate all)
  20. 20. Responsibility100% Blog authors/owners90%80% IT department Software providers70% Libraries/archives60% Public trust50% Search engine40%30% Own blog Blogs in general Blog general
  21. 21. Characteristics* Unique/innovative content* Cultural significance of bloggers* Preservation preference* Popularity - general Important
  22. 22. Characteristics* # of occasional bloggers* Age of blog* Size of blog Unimportant
  23. 23. Selection Criteriacontextcontentstyleformataudienceauthor
  24. 24. Selection Criteriacontext Blogosphere (all, as many)content Representation (time/society)style Future use Significanceformat (cultural, social, political)audienceauthor
  25. 25. Selection Criteriacontext Subject (e.g. art & culture, politicscontent & government, science & technology, sociology,style education, history) Attributeformat (original, innovative, quality, authoritative)audienceauthor
  26. 26. Selection Criteriacontext Expressive Citizen journalismcontent Commentary Advocacystyle Scholarship Utilitarianformataudienceauthor
  27. 27. Selection Criteriacontext Text Photoscontent Video Audio Other_multimedia Commentsstyle K e y w o r d sformat L i n k s Imported_imagesaudience B o o k m a r k sauthor Imported_tags Feeds
  28. 28. Selection Criteriacontext Popularity (e.g. readership)content Impact (e.g. reference, citation)style Location (e.g. regional, community)format Public discourse (cultural, social, political)audience Audience preferenceauthor Expert preference
  29. 29. Selection Criteriacontext Professional Personalcontent Institutional Collaborativestyle Expert & Notableformat Author preferenceaudienceauthor
  30. 30. Exclusion Criteriacontext | ephemeral & insignificantcontent | personal & inappropriatestyle | hate speechformat | splog, storage concernsaudience | popularityauthor | personal
  31. 31. Conclusions Findings FutureBloggers are interested Reconsider our samplingSave some but not all Retool the instrumentNew content added Dedicated foci:Old content altered ….. Archival activitiesPersonal responsibility ….. Intellectual PropertyDefining roles of others ….. Access scenarios

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