Studying online networks

Seems some folks down at ANU (Canberra) have been pushing the envelope for social scientific study of online mobilization. In 2005, they established a Virtual Observatory for the Study of Online Networks (VOSON), which uses web-crawlers, text mining, network analytics, and data visualization to study activist and party networks on several salient issues (e.g., environment, reproductive freedom, migration).

Check out their publications for more details. Note that they've included several pdf Presentation files, to help you get a quick take on their methods.

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