Identifying representative textual sources in blog networks

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Title: Identifying representative textual sources in blog networks
Authors: Wade, Karen
Greene, Derek
Lee, Conrad
Archambault, Daniel
Cunningham, Pádraig
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Date: Feb-2011
Abstract: We apply methods from social network analysis and visualization to facilitate a study of the Irish blogosphere from a cultural studies perspective. We focus on solving the practical issues that arise when the goal is to perform textual analysis of the corpus produced by a network of bloggers. Previous studies into blogging networks have noted difficulties arising when trying to identify the extent and boundaries of these networks. As a response to calls for increasingly data-led approaches in media and cultural studies, we discuss a variety of social network analysis methods that can be used to identify which blogs can be seen as members of a posited "Irish blogging network". We identify hub blogs, communities of sites corresponding to different topics, and representative bloggers within these communities. Based on this study, we propose a set of analysis guidelines for researchers who wish to map out blogging networks.
Funding Details: Science Foundation Ireland
Type of material: Technical Report
Publisher: University College Dublin. School of Computer Science and Informatics
Keywords: Social network analysis;Blogging;Textual analysis;Cultural studies
Subject LCSH: Blogs--Ireland
Online social networks
Content analysis (Communication)
Language: en
Status of Item: Not peer reviewed
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