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The Mapping Online Publics website is the online platform for a number of interlinked research projects that critically examine the use and impact of selected social networking tools in Australian society and beyond. These projects include:

 

Media Ecologies and Methodological Innovation

The 2010 – 2012 Media Ecologies and Methodological Innovation project at the ARC Centre of Excellence for Creative Industries and Innovation (CCI) develops innovative interdisciplinary methods (and new ways of combining existing methods) for media and communication studies, in order to better map, track and analyse the changing media environment. It focuses on the increasingly complex relationships among professional media outlets, online social networks, and mobile media, and maps the methodological possibilities, implications, and asymmetries of working with the large data sets which can now be extracted from these diverse sources. The project also develops improved data visualisation methods capable of representing the patterns and dynamics of change in media ecologies.

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New Media and Public Communication: Mapping Australian User-Created Content in Online Social Networks

The 2010 – 2013 ARC Discovery project New Media and Public Communication: Mapping Australian User-Created Content in Online Social Networks project at the Creative Industries Faculty of the Queensland University of Technology brings media, communication and cultural studies questions and approaches together with data gathering, analysing and visualisation methods derived from computer science to try to understand the shape and dynamics of online public communication in Australia, particularly the Australian blogosphere, Twitter, Flickr and YouTube. This project is supported by Sociomantic Labs, Berlin.

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Extending Computer-Aided Methods for the Analysis of Blogging and Microblogging Discourses and Publics

The 2011 – 2012 Extending Computer-Aided Methods for the Analysis of Blogging and Microblogging Discourses and Publics project, funded by the Australian Technology Network – Germany Joint Research Co-operation (ATN-DAAD) Scheme, and conducted in partnership with the Junior Researchers Group “Science and the Internet” at the Heinrich-Heine-University Düsseldorf (HHU), focuses on the development of innovative, computer-aided methodologies for the analysis of public communication on various social media platforms.

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Analysis of Social Networks for Enterprises’ Issue Management

The 2011 – 2012 Analysis of Social Networks for Enterprises’ Issue Management (Short title: AsNIM) project funded by the Australian Technology Network – Germany Joint Research Co-operation (ATN-DAAD) Scheme and conducted in close collaboration between the Junior Professorship for Information Systems at the University of Münster (Germany), is led by Prof. Dr. Stefan Stieglitz, and the Media Ecologies and Methodological Innovation team. This project analyses the role social media networks play in enterprises’ issue management processes.

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Social Media in Times of Crisis: Learning from Recent Natural Disasters to Improve Future Strategies

The 2012 – 2014 ARC Linkage project Social Media in Times of Crisis: Learning from Recent Natural Disasters to Improve Future Strategies on the uses of social media for crisis communication, is conducted in partnership with the Queensland Department of Community Safety, Brisbane-based public policy think tank Eidos Institute, and our colleagues at Sociomantic Labs.

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The Impact of Social Media on Agenda-Setting in Election Campaigns: Cross-Media and Cross-National Comparisons

The 2012 – 2015 The Impact of Social Media on Agenda-Setting in Election Campaigns: Cross-Media and Cross-National Comparisons project is funded by The  Research Council of Norway FRISAM scheme and stuedies the use of social media in a series of election campaigns coming up over the next few years – including the 2012 Queensland state election and the US presidential election, and elections in Sweden, Norway, and Australia which are coming up in 2013 and 2014.

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