Artigos - CODE Comparing Online Democracy and Elections

Poraires- Postado em 11 novembro 2011


  • Workshop: Digital Methods: Tools for Analysis


    • Venue: University of Manchester, Arthur Lewis Building, 2nd floor Boardroom
    • Date/Time: 10th November 2011, 9am — 5pm


    This workshop will be a one-day event that will bring together leading international scholars developing and applying innovative new methods to analyse web 2.0 applications. The focus of the workshop is on new methodologies for capturing and analysing social media data from applications such as blogs, social networking, micro-blogging or video sharing sites and hyperlinks.

    View list of participants and workshop agenda

    Participation is free but registration is required as the number of places is limited.
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  • Building an Effective Social Media Campaign: a Roundtable Debate

  • Organised by the University of Manchester and the Hansard Society

    • Venue: Atlee Room, Porticullis House, Westminster, London
    • Date/Time: 2nd November 2011, 2-6pm


    This roundtable, organised as part of the ESRC Festival of Social Science and taking place during Parliament Week (Oct 31 – Nov 6) brings together academics, politicians, activists, news producers and journalists to debate how social media are being used to promote protest and political change.

    The discussion will look at the use of Twitter & Facebook and examine the development of social media based protest and how digital strategies for action are rapidly coalescing and becoming essential to any modern-day campaign. Finally, it will examine the role of ‘old’ media in facilitating and promoting the success of new media campaigns and ask if digital activism and online exposure are sufficient to drive the momentum offline or if it requires mainstream media coverage.

    To view agenda and register click here.


  • Short Course:

    Social Media Data Analysis II: Social Media Network Analysis using NodeXL

  • Dr. Marc Smith, Social Media Research Foundation

    For more details and registration click here

    • Venue/Date: University of Manchester, 9th November 2011
    • Duration: 1 day (9.30am — 4:30pm)
    • Level: Intermediate
    • Course fee: £175 (£125 for those from educational institutions)
    • Course Overview: This course will provide participants with training in the use of the NodeXL to collect social media network data and undertake analysis and visualization of its structure and dynamics. NodeX is an add-in for Excel 2007/2010 and is an easy to use tool for gaining insights into social media, web-based, and other sources of network data. Using NodeXL participants can access a web gallery of network data and visualizations, browse and import existing data sets and/or upload their own. Participants will select a network of interest from various social media and other data sources (e.g. Twitter, flickr, YouTube, email), import it into NodeXL, and analyze and visualize the network. NodeXL makes creating a network chart similar to the process of creating a pie chart or line graph, The charts will reveal the overall structure of the network population, its sub-groupings and clusters and make it possible to identify key people and positions within a population. Maps of keywords, hashtags, events, and political topics can be produced to illustrate the foci interest within networks.



  • Short Course:

    Social Media Data Analysis I: Web Hyperlink and Social Media Data Analysis Using VOSON & DiscoverText

  • Dr. Jamsheed Shorish (CTO, Uberlink Corporation)
    Dr. Stuart Shulman (Political Science Department, University of Massachusetts Amherst).

    For more details and registration click here

    • Venue/Date: University of Manchester, 8th November 2011
    • Duration: 1 day (9.30am — 4:30pm)
    • Level: Intermediate
    • Course fee: £175 (£125 for those from educational institutions)
    • Course Overview: This course will provide participants with practical training in capturing and analyzing two types of web-based data: (1) Hyperlink network analysis using the Virtual Observatory for the Study of Online Networks (VOSON) system, a web-based application for hyperlink network construction and analysis; (2) A range of social media content (e.g. Facebook and Twitter posts) and email using DiscoverText, a web-based text analytic software.




  • Workshop: Parties and Campaigning in the Digital Era



    Joint Sessions of Workshops, ECPR
    Antwerp, 10-15 April 2012.

    Workshop Directors
    Rachel Gibson, University of Manchester
    Andrea Römmele, Hertie School of Governance

    Workshop Description
    Elections worldwide have all seen parties launch social media initiatives to communicate with voters , many copying directly from 2008 efforts of Barack Obama and his mobilization and activist oriented ‘’ site. Beyond the surface-level similarities, however, to what extent are these developments and use of web 2.0 by political actors taking hold and promoting a new more devolved style of citizen-led forms of activism – modes that challenges the top-down model of the professionally managed campaign that has emerged in a wide range of national election contexts over the past three decades? Alternatively, are the new internet tools actually allowing central elites to more closely monitor, direct and coordinate local voluntary efforts? Perhaps they make little difference and simply reinforce existing practices? The question of the impact of digital tools for political organizations in terms of their internal organizational structures, relationships to members / supporters, and overall contents and style of their communication with voters are one’s that this workshop will address. More generally through drawing on comparative examples we will seek to provoke debate on whether we are witnessing a second wave of the ‘Americanization’ of campaign style? Or whether there is a more diverse and pluralized approach to social media campaigns worldwide?

    Call for Papers
    Paper proposals should be submitted through the ECPR website by 1st December 2011



  • Panel: New Methodologies for Web Research in the Social Sciences



    General Conference, ECPR
    Reykjavik, 25-27 August 2011.

    Panel Chairs
    Rachel Gibson, University of Manchester
    Sarah Oates, University of Glasgow

    Panel Discussant
    Marta Cantijoch, University of Manchester

    Panel Description

    This panel seeks to bring together papers that confront core methodological issues faced by researchers analyzing political actors use of web 2.0 technologies. In particular, we focus on papers that outline and/or apply new web-based methodologies that enable the systematic collection and analysis of data from social networking sites, blogs, Twitter, and YouTube, and the search engine API’s such as that of Google and Yahoo. The needs of web researchers are advancing rapidly as new types of social media proliferate. As ever methodologies for data capture and analysis run some way behind although new tools are emerging to provide a means for researchers to more accurately mine and map individual and organisational uses of the Web (e.g. Tubemogul, the Blog Analysis Toolkit (BAT), This panel will seek to highlight the range of new methods that are emerging to collect and analyse the quantitative and qualitative data web 2.0 or social media and assess their strengths and weaknesses and utility for social science researchers. In particular papers are encouraged that seek to provide a ‘state of the art’ review of the current methods available for data extraction and analysis from API’s such as Twitter and Facebook, as well as those that have applied these new cutting methods to substantive research questions and have empirical results to report. Papers using approaches that promote cross-national research in the field and can be deployed in a range of polities are particularly welcome.