[re-search] Fwd: Digital Methods Winter School 2013, Amsterdam

René König kontakt at renekoenig.eu
Thu Oct 25 12:33:58 CEST 2012

Hi everyone,

the call for participants for the DMI winter school 2013 might be 
interesting for some of you. I attended the summer school this year and 
I can absolutely recommend it.
A number of the DMI tools can be used for search engine related research.


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Subject: 	Digital Methods Winter School 2013, Amsterdam
Date: 	Thu, 25 Oct 2012 11:34:54 +0200
From: 	Richard Rogers <R.A.Rogers at uva.nl>
To: 	dmi at mediastudies.nl

Please forward to interested people

Call for Participants

Data Sprint: The New Logistics of Short-form Method
Digital Methods Winter School 2013 and Mini-Conference
22-25 January 2013

Digital Methods Initiative
New Media & Digital Culture
University of Amsterdam
Turfdraagsterpad 9
1012 XT Amsterdam
the Netherlands

The Digital Methods Initiative (DMI), Amsterdam, is pleased to announce 
its 5th annual Winter School, entitled "Data Sprint: The New Logistics 
of Short-form Method 
<https://wiki.digitalmethods.net/Dmi/WinterSchool2013>." The Digital 
Methods Winter School provides the opportunity for PhD candidates, 
advanced MA students and motivated scholars to present a short paper on 
digital methods and new media related topics, and receive feedback from 
the Amsterdam group of DMI researchers and international participants, 
often drawn from previous Digital Methods Summer 
<https://wiki.digitalmethods.net/Dmi/DmiSummerSchool> and Winter Schools 
<https://wiki.digitalmethods.net/Dmi/WinterSchool>. This year's Winter 
School is four days, with one day devoted to the Mini-conference, where 
the papers are presented and participants also serve as respondents, and 
three days to the workshop. The theme of the workshop is "alternatives 
to big data," and includes a data sprint.

Digital Methods Winter School Workshop
The 2013 Digital Methods Winter School is devoted to emerging 
alternatives to big data. The Barcamp, Hackathon, Hack Day, Edit-a-thon, 
Data Sprint, Code Fest, Open Data Day, Hack the Government, and 
other workshop formats are sometimes thought of as "quick and dirty." 
The work is exploratory, only the first step, outputting indicators at 
most, before the serious research begins. However, these new formats 
also may be viewed as alternative infrastructures as well as approaches 
to big data in the sense of not only the equipment and logistics 
involved (hit and run) but also the research set-up and protocols, which 
may be referred to as "short-form method." The 2013 Digital Methods 
Winter School is dedicated to the outcomes and critiques of short-form 
method, and is also reflexive in that it includes a data sprint, where 
we focus on one aspect of the debate about short- vs. long-form method: 
data capture. At the Winter School the results of an actual data sprint 
from a week earlier (on counter-Jihadists 
<http://www.hopenothate.org.uk/counter-jihad/map/>) will be presented, 
including a specific short-form method for issue mapping 
One outcome of the Winter School would be a comparison of methods for 
their capacity to fit productively the workshop format (barcamp, sprint, 
etc.), with the question of what may be achieved in shorter 
(and shorter) time frames. We also will explore a variety of objects of 
study for sprints, including data donations, where one offers particular 
data sets for abbreviated analysis.

Digital Methods Winter School Mini-Conference
The data sprint is the Winter School workshop. There is also the annual 
Digital Methods Winter School Mini-Conference. The mini-conference 
provides the opportunity for digital methods and allied researchers 
to present short yet complete papers (5,000-7,500 words) and serve as 
respondents, providing feedback. Often the work presented follows from 
previous Digital Methods Summer Schools. The mini-conference accepts 
papers in the general digital methods and allied areas: the hyperlink 
and other natively digital objects, the website as archived object, web 
historiographies, search engine critique, Google as globalizing machine, 
cross-spherical analysis and other approaches to comparative media 
studies, device cultures, national web studies, Wikipedia as cultural 
reference, the technicity of (networked) content, post-demographics, 
platform studies, crawling and scraping, graphing and clouding, and 

Key dates

19 December 2012: Submission of paper titles, abstracts and bios to 
winterschool[at]digitalmethods.net <http://digitalmethods.net>.
21 December 2012: Notifications
14 January 2013: Submission of complete papers (5,000-7,500 words)
16 January 2013: Program and schedule available
22-25 January 2013: DMI Mini-conference and Workshop

Tentative Winter School Schedule

22 January 9.30-17.00 Mini-conference, per paper: 10-minute 
presentations, two 5-minute responses, 5-minute Q&A
23 January 9.30-17.00 Workshop, with morning mini-talks, introducing 
tracks and group projects (data sprint methods and findings from the 
counter-jihadist network mapping); group formation with specific 
short-form methods
24 January 9.30-17.00 Workshop, with morning talk on "short-form method 
25 January 9.30-17.00 Workshop, with afternoon presentations

Fees & Logistics

The fee for the Digital Methods Winter School 2013 is EUR 195. Bank 
transfer information will be sent along with the notification on 21 
December 2012. The Winter School is self-catered. The venue is in the 
center of Amsterdam with abundant coffee houses and lunch places. The 
Winter School closes with a festive event, after the final 
presentations. Participants are expected to find their own housing 
(where airbnb and similar short-stay sites are helpful). The DMI 
organisers are happy to provide tips. Here is a guide to the Amsterdam 
new media scene <https://www.digitalmethods.net/MoM/NewMediaAmsterdam>.


The Digital Methods Winter School is part of the Digital Methods 
Initiative, Amsterdam, dedicated to reworking method for 
Internet-related research. The Digital Methods Initiative holds the 
annual Digital Methods Summer Schools (six to date), which are intensive 
and full time 2-week undertakings in the Summertime. The 2013 Summer 
School will take place 24 June - 5 July 2012. The coordinators of the 
Digital Methods Initiative are Sabine Niederer and Esther Weltevrede 
(PhD candidates in New Media & Digital Culture, University of 
Amsterdam), and the director is Richard Rogers, Professor of New Media & 
Digital Culture, University of Amsterdam. Digital methods are online at 
http://www.digitalmethods.net/. The DMI about page includes a 
substantive introduction, and also a list of Digital Methods people, 
with bios. DMI holds occasional Autumn and Spring workshops.

2012 Digital Methods Winter School Revisited

The 2012 Digital Methods Winter School was dedicated to "Interfaces for 
the Cloud: Curating the Data 
<https://wiki.digitalmethods.net/Dmi/WinterSchool2012>." Among the 
speakers was Daniel van der Velden of Metahaven, the critical design 
research group. The lecture that he gave is now published.

"Captives of the Cloud," parts I & II, are out on e-flux:


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