October 28 and 29, 2013 – Ryerson University. Organizers: Greg Elmer (Ryerson University), Ganaele Langlois (U. of Ontario Institute of Technology), & Joanna Redden (Ryerson University)
Proposals for papers (750-1000 words) are due August 1st, 2013. Decisions will be communicated by August 15. Partial funding for travel and hotel expenses will be available for this event. Please direct questions and proposals to Greg Elmer, Bell Globemedia Research Chair and Director, Infoscape Centre for the Study of Social Media, Ryerson University <firstname.lastname@example.org>.
Confirmed speakers: Jean Burgess (Queensland University of Technology), Axel Bruns (Queensland University of Technology), Daniel Paré (U. of Ottawa), Mary Francoli (Carleton U.), Anatoliy Gruzd (Dalhousie U.)
There has been a data rush in the past decade – one brought about by the ubiquity of online communication, social media in particular (Facebook, Twitter, Youtube, etc.), and by the adoption within the Social Science and Humanities of analytical software-based tools. Such practices, tools, and data sets seemingly promise a new digital enlightenment, where social roles, patterns of communication, political and economic debates and controversies are thrown open to the public, researchers, and users. Yet, scholarly and public research into social media is notoriously difficult because of the proprietary nature of most social media platforms and the consequent difficulty of extracting data from these platforms. Furthermore, data mining and analysis raise crucial issues concerning about the ethics of social media research. Finally, the digital research paradigm itself is not without limitations: can all aspects of life, including emotions and affective ties be translated into data without losing something essential about the fluidity of social life and the complexity of communication? Weiterlesen