@Media seminar: Information cycle and digital methods

from May 30, 2018 to May 31, 2018

30 & 31 May, from 9:00 am
The first day will be about “Analyzing the information cycle during media events” and the second one about “Data Science: Disciplinary Dialogues and Infrastructures”. This seminar will take place on May 30 and 31 (Amphi E, IEP).
From now on, understanding and analyzing the media information lifecycle involves taking into account the web as well as networking and peer-to-peer platforms. The temporal regime of the production of information, the configurations of the actors, the multiplicity of channels of diffusion, lead us to question the models of analysis and the methods that the social sciences have mobilized for a long time.
This seminar is an opportunity to carry out a feedback from various works that have addressed this issue (first day) before opening a debate on the means and modalities of cooperation that are necessary to meet the methodological challenges that the data approach raises in Human and Social Sciences.


May 30: Analyze the information cycle during media events

Various works in various fields concerning: the dissemination of information or its pluralism, the social responsibility of journalists, the coverage of major media events, etc. have raised questions, evoked limits and suggested the renewal of models and methods mobilized by the human and social sciences. After a survey of works going in this direction, it will be a question of initiating a reflection on the suggested renewals and their methodological and epistemological implications for the analysis of the events and the media productions. The objective of the day will be to point out the convergences and the divergences as well as the lacks to continue this scientific evolution.

May 31: Data Science: Disciplinary Dialogues and Infrastructures

In a more global approach, the issues raised by the analysis of events and media productions join the work on the modeling of information phenomena taking place on the web and social networks. The complexity of the interactions, the dynamics of diffusion as well as the volumes of information concerned also imply a methodological renewal but also the support of an infrastructure adapted to the massive analysis of the data. The development of research and initiatives responding to this challenge will be at the center of the debate.

Professor Axel Bruns

Axel BurnsAxel Bruns is Professor in the Faculty of Creative Industries at the Queensland University of Technology in Brisbane, Australia.
After studying physics in Germany of which he is a native, Axel Bruns' research focused on cultural studies and the study of the media. During his doctorate, he highlighted the watch function that provides online digital media, aggregating the informational and documentary functions of the professions of documentation and journalism. These new players have become "watchdogs" observing the flow of information and reporting relevant content. This work has been extended in the field of online media and has contributed to the emergence of the key concepts Produsage and Gatewatching.
Axel Bruns appears as one of the main references in studies on the social practices and uses of media and digital social networks (such as Twitter). He is particularly interested in the media treatment of major events. His interest is in understanding the contemporary public sphere as well as in innovative methods of data analysis (Big social data).

His research blog : http://snurb.info/, and he tweets at @snurb_dot_info.
More:  http://mappingonlinepublics.net/


•    Gatewatching and News Curation: Journalism, Social Media, and the Public Sphere (2018),
•    Blogs, Wikipedia, Second Life and Beyond: From Production to Produsage (2008),
•    Gatewatching: Collaborative Online News Production (2005),
•    Co éditeur (Routledge) Companion to Social Media and Politics (2016),
•    Co éditeur  (Routledge) Twitter and Society (2014),
•    Co éditeur  (Routledge) A Companion to New Media Dynamics (2012),
•    Co éditeur  (Routledge) Uses of Blogs (2006).
Axel Bruns seminar

Published on May 23, 2018

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