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    Jen Jack Gieseking

    New Media & Digital Culture, University of Amsterdam, 24 June – 5 July 2013

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    Dear All,

    The Digital Methods Initiative (DMI) will host its 7th annual Summer School from 24 June to 5 July 2013 in Amsterdam, the Netherlands. This year’s theme is dedicated to the challenges of studying social media data. The summer school program is open to PhD candidates, advanced master’s degree students, recent graduates and motivated scholars.

    The DMI Summer School is a full-time training program, an intensive and rewarding workshop environment, following which the participants receive a certificate of completion. The DMI summer school also features special guests as resource people presenting their research and projects during morning lectures. There is a final presentation afternoon where the Summer School projects are showcased to participants and invitees.

    As of this year, the DMI Summer School is officially a part of the University of Amsterdam Summer School<>programme and there are opportunities for scholarships if your home university belongs to LERU or/and U21 networks.

    Below please find the call for participation. The application deadline is 25 April 2013 and the candidates will be notified on 26 April. Feel free to forward the call to interested individuals. Looking forward to your application and to welcoming you in Amsterdam during the Summertime!

    Simeona & Natalia
    DMI’13 Summer School organisers

    Call for Participation – Digital Methods Summer School 2013
    Digital Methods Summer School 2013: On the challenges of studying social media data
    New Media & Digital Culture, University of Amsterdam, 24 June – 5 July 2013

    You are not the API I used to know: On the challenges of studying social media data

    A set of #hashtagged tweets and @follow networks visualised to study crisis response to a natural disaster. Facebook likes, shares, comments, and liked
    comments tabulated over time for an activist page to study relationships between content formats and engagement. LinkedIn profile completeness
    percentages measured for a group of civil servants to study online grooming. Social media data are employed increasingly for work in the arts
    and social sciences, and are even becoming an expected research strategy alongside the fieldwork, surveys and interviews when studying contemporary
    states of affairs.

    The 2013 Digital Methods Summer School would like to examine critically the status of the findings, while at the same time reviewing and actively
    employing the techniques. Is there increasingly a unified approach to the study of social media data? Are there recipes and preferred tools (or
    utensils)? Are we still allowed to hack the graph? The question of how to study online data is increasingly a piece with how big data companies
    provide them. More specifically, has polling APIs supplanted scraping as the appropriate means of data collection? What are the effects of the
    research ethics debate on social media research practice? There are also the information graphics and data visualisations to consider. The preferred
    outputs mark the return of the graph visualisation, if it ever went away. What does the graph visualisation mean for the interpretation and
    presentation of research findings? There is also the question of what is actually being measured, apart from activity in social media. How to ground
    the findings? In even more online data?

    About “Digital Methods” as Concept

    Digital methods is a term <> employed as a counter-point to virtual methods, which typically digitize existing
    methods and port them onto the Web. Digital methods, contrariwise, seek to learn from the methods built into the dominant devices online, and
    repurpose them for social and cultural research. That is, the challenge is to study both the info-web as well as the social web with the tools that
    organize them. There is a general protocol to digital methods. At the outset stock is taken of the natively digital objects that are available
    (links, tags, threads, etc.) and how devices such as search engines make use of them. Can the device techniques be repurposed, for example by
    remixing the digital objects they take as inputs? Once findings are made with online data, where to ground them? With more online data?

    About the Summer School

    The Digital Methods Summer School, founded in 2007 together with the Digital Methods Initiative, is directed by Professor Richard Rogers, Chair
    in New Media & Digital Culture at the University of Amsterdam. The Summer School is one training opportunity provided by the Digital Methods
    Initiative (DMI). DMI also has a Winter School<>,
    which includes a mini-conference, where papers are presented and responded to. Winter School papers are often the result of Summer School projects.
    The Summer School is coordinated by two PhD candidates in New Media at the University of Amsterdam, or affiliates. This year the coordinators are
    Michael Stevenson and Simeona Petkova both of the University of Amsterdam.
    The Summer School has a technical staff as well as a design staff. The Summer School also relies on a technical infrastructure of some nine
    servers hosting tools and storing data. Participants bring their laptops, learn method, undertake research projects, make reports, tools and graphics
    and write them up on the Digital Methods wiki. The Summer School concludes with final presentations. Often there are guests from non-governmental or
    other organizations who present their issues. For instance, Women on Waves<> came
    along during the 2010 and Fair Phone <> to the 2012 Summer School. Digital Methods people are currently interning at
    Greenpeace International and the Global Reporting Initiative<>.

    Previous Digital Methods Summer Schools, 2007-2012,

    What’s it like? Digital Methods Summer School flickr stream 2012<>

    The Digital Methods Initiative was founded with a grant from the Mondriaan Foundation, and the Summer School is supported by the Center for Creation,
    Content and Technology (CCCT), University of Amsterdam, organized by the Faculty of Science with sponsorship from Platform Beta.

    Applications and fees

    To apply for the Digital Methods Summer School 2013, please send a one-page letter explaining how digital methods training would benefit your current
    work, and also enclose a CV. Mark your application “DMI Training Certificate Program,” and send to info [at] The regular
    deadline for applications for the Summer School is 25 April. Notices will be sent on 26 April. Please address your application email to the Summer
    School coordinators, info [at] Informal queries may be sent to Simeona, simeona [at] or Natalia, natalia [at]

    The Summer School costs EUR 295 per person. Accepted applicants will be informed of the bank transfer details upon notice of acceptance to the
    Summer School. The fee must be paid by 24 May 2013.

    Summer School Training Certificate

    The Digital Methods Summer School issues completion certificates to participants who follow the Summer School program, and complete a
    significant contribution to a Summer School project. For previous Summer School projects, see for example


    The Summer School meets every day. Please bring your laptop. We will provide abundant connectivity. We start generally at 9:30 in the morning,
    and end around 5:30. There are morning talks two-three days per week. On the last Friday we have a boat trip on the canals of Amsterdam.

    Preparations: Online Tutorials and Lectures

    Digital Methods researchers have given tutorials and talks which are useful and sometimes even entertaining!

    Audio and Video Tutorials <>

    Social Media & User-Generated Content

    Twitter hashtag #dmi13

    We shall have a list of summer school participants on Twitter

    How to do Digital Methods? Presentation materials from the 2012 Summer School

    There are many highlights, including a digital methods tool medley! Summerschool 2012 Presentations<>

    Together with an overview of all Summer School projects from last year: Projects 2012 <>

    Digital Methods Winter School 2012 and 2013 Revisited

    Apart from the Summer Schools, the other opportunity for training and organized workshops (as well as presenting a paper from a project that you
    worked on during the Summer School) is the Winter School. The Digital Methods Winter School 2012 was dedicated to “Interfaces for the
    Cloud<>” and API critique, where Metahaven, the critical Dutch design group,
    presented their work that actually renders the politics of the cloud. See Daniel van der Veldens
    articles<>. The Winter School 2013 was dedicated to short-form
    method<> and the book sprint. We will share Adam Hyde’s talk online.

    We look forward to welcoming you to Amsterdam in the Summertime!

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