IJoC Special Section "Digital Traces in Context"

Special Section in the "International Journal of Communication"


Guest-edited by:

Andreas Hepp, Professor, Communication & Media Studies
Thomas N. Friemel, Professor, Communication & Media Studies
Andreas Breiter, Professor, Information Management & Education Technologies
University of Bremen

 

Overview

Wherever we are, whatever we do, living in a media saturated social world we leave ‘footprints’ of our media use that constitute an archive of ‘digital traces.’ But how can we analyze adequately these digital traces? How can we contextualize them—theoretically and methodologically as well as empirically?

In this Special Section on Digital Traces in Context by international experts in digital media, datafication and digital methods, guest-edited by professors Andreas Hepp, Andreas Breiter and Thomas Friemel, explores the challenges involved when putting digital traces into context. These authors discuss, on the one hand, the necessity to rethink media and communications theory when it comes to ‘vanity metrics,’ ‘media analytics,’ and ‘infrastructure’ while on the other, they reflect on various approaches to putting digital traces into context—and the methodological differences implied by the variety of available platforms such as Google Maps, Twitter, Facebook, or the ecosystem of Apple’s App Store. Furthermore, this Special Section reflects on forms of agency when it comes to digital traces such as critical data practices, software development, and various forms of self-tracking. In a concluding commentary, economic implications of digital traces are discussed alluding to the possible emergence of a new turn of capitalism. 

Contributions

Digital Traces in Context| Digital Traces in Context — An Introduction

Andreas Hepp, Andreas Breiter, Thomas N. Friemel

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Digital Traces in Context| Otherwise Engaged: Social Media from Vanity Metrics to Critical Analytics

Richard Rogers

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Digital Traces in Context| 100 Billion Data Rows per Second: Media Analytics in the Early 21st Century

Lev Manovich

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Digital Traces in Context| Google Maps as Cartographic Infrastructure: From Participatory Mapmaking to Database Maintenance

Jean-Christophe Plantin

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Digital Traces in Context| Political Agency, Digital Traces, and Bottom-Up Data Practices

Stefania Milan

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Digital Traces in Context| Tweets Are Not Created Equal. A Platform Perspective on Social Media Metrics

Carolin Gerlitz, Bernhard Rieder

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Digital Traces in Context| Reuniting a Divided Public? Tracing the TTIP Debate on Twitter and in Traditional Media

Gerret von Nordheim, Karin Boczek, Lars Koppeers, Elena Erdmann

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Digital Traces in Context| From “Knowledge Brokers” to Opinion Makers: How Physical Presence Affected Scientists’ Twitter Use During the COP21 Climate Change Conference

Stefanie Walter, Fenja De Silva-Schmidt, Michael Brüggemann

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Digital Traces in Context| Social Media Giveth, Social Media Taketh Away: Facebook, Friendships, and APIs

Bernie Hogan

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Digital Traces in Context| Unraveling the App Store: Toward an Interpretative Perspective on Tracing

Tilo Grenz, Heiko Kirschner

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Digital Traces in Context| Self-Tracking Data as Digital Traces of Identity: A Theoretical Analysis of Contextual Factors of Self-Observation Practices

Bernadette Kneidinger-Müller

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Digital Traces in Context| Personal Data Contexts, Data Sense and Self-Tracking Cycling

Deborah Lupton, Sarah Pink, Christine Heyes LaBond, Shanti Sumartojo

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Digital Traces in Context| Digital Traces and Personal Analytics: iTime, Self-Tracking, and the Temporalities of Practice

Martin Hand, Michelle Gorea

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Digital Traces in Context| Appropriating Digital Traces of Self-Quantification: Contextualizing Pragmatic and Enthusiast Self-Trackers

Ulrike Gerhard, Andreas Hepp

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Digital Traces in Context| Tracing Capitalism’s Turn to Data: Or, Contextualizing Daily Life’s New Data “Context” — Commentary

Nick Couldry

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