Network analysis – methodological challenges

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14.00-14.15: Welcome by Stine Lomborg on behalf of CFI


14.15-15.00 Vidar Falkenberg (PhD, Retriever): We have got the data – what do you want to know?

As a commercial player within media intelligence, Retriever requests, harvest and archive enormous amounts of data from publishers, social networking sites, bloggers and microbloggers. Our customers want us to capture this data in order to be alerted when being mentioned, and they want the data to be available for content analysis. The potential for analyzing this data on more levels is huge and mostly untouched. How should we do this? How can a commercial archive serve as a valid source for academic research?

15.05-15.50 Niels Brügger (Associate Professor in Media Studies, IMV): Historical network analysis in web archives: Challenges and possible solutions

In general, network analyses of the web are usually performed on the online web by the use of analytical software. However, since the late 90ies many countries have established extensive national web archives, but these web archives does not seem to have attracted much attention from the research community, especially not regarding the use of analytical software for network analysis. Therefore, the methodological issues which may emanate from performing network analyses on archived web material have not yet been discussed. This presentation will outline some of the key challenges which web historians and other internet scholars are facing when they want to use archived web material as the basis of network analysis software. And hopefully some possible solutions will be suggested.


16.05-16.50 Anders Koed Madsen (PhD Student at CBS): Delineation devices at the root of social representation - a comparison of online entry-points for mapping the controversy about synthetic biology".

My paper focuses on the way different entry-points to the web (e.g., Google and Wikipedia) organize and demarcate the controversy about synthetic biology, the most recent attempt at bio-technological engineering, on the basis of different logics for filtering and ranking information. The ambition of the paper is to trace this controversy through important entry-points and compare the networks of actors, themes and documents that each entry-point makes visible. Methodologically, this is done by conducting structural analyses of hyperlinks from URLs that become visible when going through the entry-points. The resulting networks are then used as a basis to compare the ´web-ecologies´ pertaining to the different entry-points and to do a more qualitative interpretation of the connections that become visible.

17.00-17.45 Annette Markham (Visiting Professor at IMV): Title to be announced


17.45-18.00 Wrap up