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<prog>COMMUNICATION NETWORKS ON THE WEB


18 - 19 December 2008

Amsterdam School of Communications Research, University of Amsterdam,


Organisers

Gregor Petrič and Wouter de Nooy

Goal

The intensive use of new information and communication technologies, especially the web, by individuals and social actors generally has tremendously increased the availability of data and opportunities for data processing and analysis. This seminar will stress the value of taking appropriate theoretical perspectives and using appropriate analytic strategies in the study of (computer mediated) communication networks. The network will bring together leading researchers and young scientists from a range of disciplines to share knowledge and produce synergies that will define the research field.


Themes

Main topics of the workshop:

1. Communication networks on the web as a theoretical and methodological challenge

    • conceptualization of communication processes on the web
    • possibilities and problems of theoretically informed social network analysis

2. Social structures on the web

    • emergence of social structures in communication networks on the web
    • interactional and community dynamics
    • social roles, collective action

3. Dynamics of collaboration on the web

    • structure of citation and collaboration ties
    • structure of content
    • combination of two approaches

4. Measuring and collecting data for communication networks on the web

    • methodologies for analyzing communication networks on the web
    • collecting, parsing, coding data
    • identification of actors and identification of the content

Invited speakers

Prof. Noshir Contractor, Northwestern University, USA.
Prof. Loet Leydesdorff, University of Amsterdam, The Netherlands.
Prof. Mike Thelwall, University of Wolverhampton, United Kingdom.
Howard Welser PhD, Ohio University, USA.

Programme

18 December, 2008
   
9:00 Welcome (registration, coffee)
   
  Morning Session: Communication networks on the web as a theoretical and methodological challenge
   
9:30 – 10:15

Noshir Contractor

   
10:15 – 10:30 Discussion
   
10:30 – 10:45 Break
   
10:45 – 11:15

Combining SNA with the ethnographic approach to the study of networks
Steven McDermott
   
11:15 – 11:45 The anorexic decision: an egocentered network data approach
Paola Tubaro & Antonio Casilli
   
11:45 – 12:15 Micro navigation in a macro structure
Thomas Friemel
   
12:30 – 13:30 Lunch served in the lecture room
   

Afternoon Session: Measuring and collecting data for communication networks on the web
   
13:30 – 14:15

Mike Thelwall

   
14:15 – 14:30 Discussion
   
14:30 – 15:00 A software framework for information retrieval research in social tagging applications
Mirko Gontek
   
15:00 – 15:30 Break
   

15:30 – 16:00

The mechanisms of decentralized politics: Discussion networks, selective exposure and political engagement on the web

Sandra Gonzales-Bailon

   
16:00 – 16:30 Scaling of human behaviour in the WWW
Anna Chmiel
   
16:30 – 17:00 Analyzing social news sites – a case study
András Szabó
   
19:00 Dinner
   
19 December, 2008
   
  Morning Session: Dynamics of collaboration on the web
   
9:00 – 9:45


Loet Leydesdorff

   
9:45 – 10:00 Discussion
   
10:00 – 10:30 Meaning (communication) networks in science: The evolution of the social network concept
Gabriel Vélez-Cuartas
   
10:30 – 10:45 Break
   
10:45 – 11:15
Algorithmic historiography of scientific developments
Diana Lucio-Arias
   
11:15 – 11:45

Dynamics of scientific co-authorship networks of Slovenian researchers

Luka Kronegger

   

11:45 – 12:15
The role of network in innovation spreading
Krzysztof Suchecki
   
12:30 – 13:30 Lunch served in the lecture room
   
  Afternoon Session: Social structures on the web
   
13:30 – 14:15


Ted Welser

   
14:15 – 14:30 Discussion
   
14:30 – 15:00 A comparison of online and offline personal networks through the Facebook API
Bernie Hogan
   
15:00 – 15:30 Break
   
15:30 – 16:00 ICTs supporting wood-energy entrepreneurs in North Karelia
Sarolta Nemeth
   
16:00 – 16:30 Integrating social media with the entrepreneurial process: Improving the process to market
Wouter Alberts
   
16:30 – 17:00 Youth and the recreation of mediation - social structures in the era of networked communication
Vera Araujo
   
19:00 Dinner (and farewell)

Final Report