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Understanding weblog communities through digital traces: a framework, a tool and an example

Summary: Understanding weblog communities through digital traces: a
framework, a tool and an example
Anjo Anjewierden1
and Lilia Efimova2
Human-Computer Studies Laboratory, University of Amsterdam, Kruislaan 419, 1098 VA Amsterdam,
The Netherlands, anjo@science.uva.nl
Telematica Instituut, PO Box 589, 7500 AN Enschede, The Netherlands,
Abstract. Often research on online communities could be compared to archaeology [16]:
researchers look at patterns in digital traces that members leave to characterise the commu-
nity they belong to. Relatively easy access to these traces and a growing number of methods
and tools to collect and analyse them make such analysis increasingly attractive. However, a
researcher is faced with the difficult task of choosing which digital artefacts and which rela-
tions between them should be taken into account, and how the findings should be interpreted
to say something meaningful about the community based on the traces of its members.
In this paper we present a framework that allows categorising digital traces of an online
community along five dimensions (people, documents, terms, links and time) and then de-
scribe a tool that supports the analysis of community traces by combining several of them,


Source: Anjewierden, Anjo - Instituut voor Informatica, Universiteit van Amsterdam


Collections: Computer Technologies and Information Sciences