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International M.A. in New Media ­at the University of Amsterdam: Call for Applications for­ Fall 2014

International M.A. in New Media ­at the University of Amsterdam Call for Applications for­ Fall 2014, rolling admissions open on December 15, 2013 and close on 1 April 2014 One-year and two-year New Media M.A. Programs available. For the two-year “Research Master’s Program: New Media Specialisation,” see below. International M.A. in New Media & Digital Culture (one-year program) Overview The MA Program in media studies New Media and Digital Culture offers a comprehensive and critical approach to new media research and theory. It builds upon the pioneering new media scene that Amsterdam is known for, with an emphasis on the study of Internet culture. Students gain an in-depth knowledge in new media theory, including perspectives such as software studies, political economy, and other critical traditions, and applied to such topics as social media, data cultures, and locative devices. They engage with the emerging area of digital methods, an ensemble of Internet research approaches and techniques that are specific to the new media and the study of natively digital objects. Additionally, students can choose to train in the areas of issue mapping, information visualization, digital writing and publishing, or social media research. The MA program combines a variety of teaching formats, […]

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International M.A. in New Media ­at the University of Amsterdam: Call for Applications for­ Fall 2013

International M.A. in New Media ­at the University of Amsterdam Call for Applications for­ Fall 2013, rolling admissions open on 1 November 2012 and close on 1 April 2013 One-year and two-year New Media M.A. Programs available. For the two-year “Research Master’s Program: New Media Track,” see below. New Media M.A. – One-year Program The International M.A. in New Media & Digital Culture (NMMA) at the University of Amsterdam (UvA) is accepting applications for 2013-2014 academic year. Applications open on 1 November 2012 and close on 1 April 2013. The NMMA is a one-year residence program undertaken in English at the UvA in the heart of Amsterdam. Students become actively engaged in critical Internet culture, with an emphasis on new media theory and aesthetics, including theoretical materialist traditions, practical information visualization trends and web data using digital methods. The overall focus of the MA is on training the students as new media researchers. Our permanent faculty are recognized experts in their fields, who are committed to their students. The program admits approximately fifty students per year, classes are no larger than 20, and the faculty-to-student ratio is 1:5. Curriculum 1st Semester: students follow a course in new media research practices and […]

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Video: Over DuckDuckGo en andere Google alternatieven bij EditieNL (RTL4)

Vandaag was ik, met Danny Mekic, kort in de uitzending van EditieNL over Google en alternatieven voor Google naar aanleiding van Google’s eigen zoekcursus Power Searching with Google. Onderstaande besprak ik met de redactie, waarvan uiteindelijk een klein deel de uitzending (te zien via RTL XL) heeft gehaald. Google wordt gezien als een portaal naar het web, echter Google indexeert niet het gehele web. We zien dus slechts een deel van het web door de ogen van Google. Daarnaast krijgen we altijd maar 1000 resultaten te zien. Probeer maar eens door te klikken in de beloofde 2 miljoen resultaten. Wat Google bijvoorbeeld niet indexeert zijn databases die je benadert via zoekopdrachten, zoals een bibliotheekcatalogus of een telefoongids, of die door middel van een wachtwoord gesloten zijn.  Ook indexeert Google slechts een deel van Twitter en een heel klein deel van de walled garden, de afgesloten omgeving van Facebook, waar Google alleen de publieke status updates en pagina’s van groepen kan indexeren. Bing krijgt meer toegang tot Facebook data, zoals de Facebook Likes, omdat ze een deal gesloten hebben met Facebook. Bing gebruikt deze Like data om de zoekopdrachten te personaliseren, als je vrienden de nieuwe Batman Liken krijg je dat te […]

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Visualization: Amazon recommendation network for “Software Studies: A Lexicon”

I recently came across a post on O’Reilly that highlighted Christopher Warnow’s network visualization for the book A Thousand Milieus. Warnow created a tool using Processing, based on the Gephi API, that retrieves the Amazon recommendation network for a book. You can download the tool, input your own book and visualize the recommendation network. The tool allows you to export the network as a PDF which unfortunately was, in my case, absolutely unreadable so I took a few hours to adjust the readability in Illustrator. It would be even nicer if you could export the network as a Gephi file for direct manipulation. With the tool I created the Amazon recommendation network for “Software Studies: A Lexicon” (see also my review of the book). The network could not only serve as a “what to read next” within the field but it also shows a couple of interesting clusters aligned to different strands within Software Studies or fields aligned with Software Studies. Download hi-res PDFs to explore the full map: Amazon recommendation network for “Software Studies: A Lexicon” (PDF) & Color-coded clusters within the Amazon recommendation network for “Software Studies: A Lexicon” (PDF) Thanks to Christopher Warnow’s effort to create this wonderful tool!

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Interview on Radio 1 about Twitter and the Dutch earthquake

Last week the Netherlands-German border was struck by a 4.2 earthquake which went unnoticed by many but not on Twitter. It was joked that the quake had a bigger impact on Twitter than anywhere else. I was interviewed by Radio 1 about this phenomenon and I briefly talked about the resemblance between the recent East Coast quake and our Dutch quake as reported on Twitter. One of the similarities was the posting of images illustrating the “devastating” effects of the quakes. The fallen plastic lawn chair became an iconic image of the East Coast quake and was copied by many Dutch Twitter users posting similar images. This may be understood in the light of the web’s sharing culture and meme culture where a particular idea spreads itself online. The fallen lawn chair image became an iconic picture and spread itself virally through re-posting and sharing. The idea of ironically depicting the “devastating” mess and “destruction” of the earthquake was copied in the Dutch quake and produced its own viral image of fallen over toys. More on the quake and Twitter in the interview on Radio 1 (in Dutch): Aardbeving deed het goed op Twitter More on Internet Memes and the East […]

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Visualizing data with Gephi: Abstract interpretations of the Dutch blogosphere #madewithgephi

I am currently working on analyzing the Dutch blogosphere with my colleague Esther Weltevrede with help of colleague Erik Borra from the Digital Methods Initiative. In an early exploratory phase Esther and I started to learn how to use Gephi to visualize our data and networks. In one of my early attempts I created this beautifully abstract interpretation of the Dutch blogosphere. Gephi creates design by research! Actual findings and paper will follow in a few weeks!

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