Completed Research Projects

LARM (Radio Culture and Auditory Resources Research Infrastructure) (2011-2014)

Professor Niels Ole Finnemann, Associate Professor Per Jauert, Associate Professor Niels Brügger and PhD Fellow Janne Nielsen from CFI participate in the research project LARM (Radio Culture and Auditory Resources Research Infrastructure), running in the period 2010-2014.

LARM is a humanities research infrastructure for radio and audio cultural heritage. The objective is to further radio and audio based research by securing a national bibliography for radio, maturing research source material with meta-data and annotations, developing tools for access, registering, indexing and dissemination. These resources will be integrated into a virtual environment for research--a researcher’s digital radio archive and toolbox.

LARM is anchored in a consortium of leading humanities research and national cultural institutions, and it is funded by the National programme for Research infrastructure with a grant of 25 million DKK. The project is headed by Marianne Ping Huang, Head of department, Institut for Kunst og Kulturvidenskab, Københavns Universitet,  Ib Poulsen, Rector, RUC.

Transforming audiences, Transforming Societies (EU Cost Action) (-2014)

Professor Niels Ole Finnemann, associate professor Per Jauert, associate professor Jakob Linaa Jensen and associate professor Stine Lomborg from CFI participate in the EU Cost project Transforming Audiences - Transforming Societies, running in the period 2010-2013.

The Action will coordinate research efforts into the key transformations of European audiences within a changing media and communication environment, identifying their complex interrelationships with the social, cultural and political areas of European societies. The Action will offer a perspective which is different from that of conventional ICT-focused audience research, by (a) bringing together experts who study a wide range of media, ‘old’ mass media included, to understand how these relate to each other and to everyday life, and (b) paying equal attention to audience-focused issues (especially media interpretations and mediated experiences) and user-focused issues (both adoption and use of technologies). The Action will be of benefit to the scientific and education communities, to media, communication and ICT industries and professionals, to policy-makers and regulatory bodies, and to media-oriented NGOs and citizen initiatives.

The history of, 1996-2006 (2007-2013)

The overall aim of this project is to write the history of the first ten years of the Danish Broadcasting Corporation's (DR) website, i.e. the period from 1996 to 2006. The project aims to answer two inter-related questions: What are the driving forces behind the creation and development of from 1996 to 2006, and what are the consequences of these for the website? And what theoretical and methodological new developments are required in order to be able to analyze The project was started in July 2007 and is supported by the Danish Research Council for the Humanities in 2007-10. The development of the project website is supported by the 'Knowledge Society' research priory area of the Faculty of Humanities, University of Aarhus. From CFI Associate Professor Niels Brügger is participating in the project.

Changing Borders: Mediatization and Cultural Citizenship (2008-2011)

Professor Niels Ole Finnemann, Associate Professor Per Jauert, Associate Professor Jakob Linaa Jensen and Assistant Professor Stine Lomborg from CFI participate in the research project Changing Borders: Mediatization and Cultural Citizenship [Danish Title: Offentlighedens nye grænseflader], running in the period 2008-2011. The project is directed by Professor Niels Ole Finnemann.

The project addresses how the use of the internet and mobile media changes the overall media matrix and the borderlines between private and public spheres, between political and cultural affairs, between local, national, and transnational publics, and between corporations, markets, and civic society. The aim of the project is to provide new insights on significant changes in the relations between public media spaces, and between private and public media spaces.

The project is financed by a grant from the National Research Council for Culture and Communication & the Universities of Aarhus and of Southern Denmark.

Method study of the integration of internet material directly received from producers (2007)

The aim of the project was to analyze the archiving and research problems and possibilities in connection with the collection of internet material from the producer and the integration of these in (the national internet archive, which is run by the Royal Library and the State and University library). The methodological considerations and the investigations of the project were based on DR as a producer and its website, The project was carried out in spring 2007 in collaboration with the State and University Library/ and was supported by the research fund of the Ministry of Culture. From CFI Associate Professor Niels Brügger is participating in the project.

Theories of Media and Communication - Histories and Relevance (2003-2006)

The two main and related objectives of the project were as follows: 1) Prioritise the field of media and communication theory, its histories and relevance, as an independent field of research within media and communication studies; 2) Contribute to the development of media and communication theories with particular emphasis on the newest media (Internet, digital newspaper/radio/TV, cell phoning, etc.) and the interaction of these with existing media, which will largely occur in light of and through systematic and critical readings of existing theories. The project was launched on January 1st 2003, and from 2003 through 2006 it was funded by the Danish Research Council for the Humanities. The project led to the publication of Medie- og kommunikationsleksikon [Encyclopedia of media and communication] (2009, eds. S. Kolstrup, G. Agger, P. Jauert & K. Schrøder). A number of scholars from CFI participated in the project.

Internet and the Mass media (EU-COST a20 project) (2001-2006).

The main objectives of the Action were to track the ways in which the development of the internet impacted upon the mass media. This general objective was broken down according to the nature of the media involved, since they have different relationship with the internet. For example, music requires very much less bandwidth than television. Accordingly, the work of the Action was conducted following several lines of enquiry of which CFI took part in the following:

Printed media. Already at the start of the Action many newspapers already had websites, although none in Europe had managed to develop successful business models to support them. Work on this topic focussed on trying to classify different kinds of online media, and on understanding the relationship between offline and online news.

Radio. This medium is relatively little studied today and work on the specific issues involved in its relationship to the internet had to begin from a very basic level. Work on this medium focussed on the ways in which the internet permits different kinds of relations between broadcasters and the audience.

Cross-media issues. Some important aspects of the impact of the internet, for example copyright problems, are not exclusive to one medium and these topics were studied across a range of different media, although as in the case of music it was the case that issues were first posed most sharply in particular one particular medium.

The Action attracted a large number of participants. 23 countries were represented on the Management committee. The Action held three substantial conferences (the last one with more than 100 participants) and numerous working meetings. The Action produced six edited volumes of findings and a large number of scholarly papers

CFI participants were Associate Professor Per Jauert and Associate Professor Niels Ole Finnemann (member of the management committee).

Media and Democracy in the Network Society (2001-2005)

The Media and Democracy in the Network Society (MODINET) project was funded by The Danish Research Agency. From CFI seven researchers participated in the project: Associate Professor, Dr.phil. Niels Ole Finnemann, Associate Professor Niels Brügger, Associate Professor Per Jauert, Associate Professor Henrik Bødker,  Associate Professor Alle Ellerup Nielsen, Assistant Professor Jakob Linaa Jensen and PhD Fellow Anne Sophie Løssing. (2001-2002) was a one-year project investigating strategies for collecting and archiving Danish Internet materials, which simultaneously were evaluated with regard to their research value. The project was developed in the light of the rapidly increasing social and cultural importance of the Internet. In fact, it would not be exaggerated to regard the Internet as an original contribution to Danish and other modern societies cultural heritage, containing many of the most important sources of knowledge for understanding our society. The project was directed toward the testing of various strategies for collecting and archiving of Internet material in a narrowly defined area of indubitable broad general interest, namely activity on the Net in connection with the municipal elections in November 2001. There were several reasons for regarding this area as well suited. Firstly, the municipal elections give rise to a wide range of dynamic, interactive Internet activities, posing a number of new archival challenges. Secondly, this is a course of events over a limited period of time, which can be followed and archived from start to finish. Thirdly, it is a coherent material as regards content, making it possible to test and evaluate its research value as part of the project. The project ran from August 1, 2001 to July 31, 2002, and was carried out in cooperation with the Royal Library, Copenhagen, The State and University Library, Aarhus, and CFI at the University of Aarhus. The participants from CFI were Associate Professor, Dr.phil. Niels Ole Finnemann and Associate Professor Niels Brügger, The project was financed by Denmark's Electronic Research Library and its associated institutions.