[img: David Chavalarias, Attention streams in the blogosphere, 2010］ This seminar will address a critical question in the application of digital methods for social science research. The web is not merely a new resource that, through the treatment of large collections of data, lets us falsify or verify long- held assumptions about the relationships between institutional culture, individual behavior and other key concepts in the social sciences. The web itself is changing the way institutions function (such as how news is produced [Bozkowski, 2009] or science gets published [Evans, 2008]), as well as how individuals interact (social networking sites offer […]
[img: Benjamin Raimbault, Pierre-Benoît Joly & Jean-Philippe Cointet, Synthetic Biology Emergence, 2013］ Scientometrics has pioneered the use of structured data to analyse the social and cognitive dynamics of science and technology. This has enabled the development of tools and methodological insights that are relevant for researchers using DMTs to study other social phenomena. The session will discuss the process of mapping scientific or technological data and show how the choice of thresholds, algorithms, layouts and scale affects interpretation. It will also address the politics of indicator design. Jean-Philippe Cointet, researcher at INRA SenS (Sciences en Société), will present recent work on […]
[img: n.a. Screen Shot, porngram.sexualitics.org, 2014］ An interdisciplinary team of researchers has created a Google-Trends-like tool called Porngram that maps the evolution of keywords in the titles of 800,000 porn videos. (…) The research team – made up of five individuals (Baptiste Coulmont, Antoine Mazières, Mathieu Trachman, Jean-Philippe Cointet and Christophe Prieur) with skills across computer science, sociology, statistics, mathematics and gender studies – scraped the videos’ titles, tags, description, viewcount, comments, runtime, upload date (if available) and uploader username using a custom-made crawler. These were then analysed using a quantitative approach in a bid to try and understand the […]
[img: n.a. Screen Shot, medialab.sciences-po.fr, 2014] Preliminary findings/methodological insights of the research project “Comparative Geekography – Mapping Russian Computer Science Diaspora” will be presented on tuesday 21 January from 15:00 to 17:00 during a seminar held at Sciences Po’s médialab. More information can be found here.