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Blogs - the new source of data analysis

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Abstract


  • Blogs are a new and intriguing form of communication and personal expression. Researchers are

    only just beginning to realise the value that these media present as sources of data for research.

    This paper begins to unveil the untapped potential that the blogosphere provides for research. The

    paper begins by introducing blogs, explaining their evolution and the important role they play in

    society.

    A major contribution to knowledge comes from the papers analysis of the motivation behind

    blogging - providing a framework of seven different motivational schemes. Building on this, the

    paper explores why blogs are a valuable and reliable source of data for analysis. The paper illustrates

    how blogs can be used for analysis, highlighting the advantages and disadvantages of their

    use. The paper concludes with a brief note on some of the ethical considerations of using blogs

    for research.

Publication Date


  • 2008

Citation


  • Jones, M. L. & Alony, I. (2008). Blogs - the new source of data analysis. Issues in Informing Science and Information Technology, 5 433-446.

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  • http://ro.uow.edu.au/cgi/viewcontent.cgi?article=1499&context=commpapers

Ro Metadata Url


  • http://ro.uow.edu.au/commpapers/469

Number Of Pages


  • 13

Start Page


  • 433

End Page


  • 446

Volume


  • 5

Abstract


  • Blogs are a new and intriguing form of communication and personal expression. Researchers are

    only just beginning to realise the value that these media present as sources of data for research.

    This paper begins to unveil the untapped potential that the blogosphere provides for research. The

    paper begins by introducing blogs, explaining their evolution and the important role they play in

    society.

    A major contribution to knowledge comes from the papers analysis of the motivation behind

    blogging - providing a framework of seven different motivational schemes. Building on this, the

    paper explores why blogs are a valuable and reliable source of data for analysis. The paper illustrates

    how blogs can be used for analysis, highlighting the advantages and disadvantages of their

    use. The paper concludes with a brief note on some of the ethical considerations of using blogs

    for research.

Publication Date


  • 2008

Citation


  • Jones, M. L. & Alony, I. (2008). Blogs - the new source of data analysis. Issues in Informing Science and Information Technology, 5 433-446.

Ro Full-text Url


  • http://ro.uow.edu.au/cgi/viewcontent.cgi?article=1499&context=commpapers

Ro Metadata Url


  • http://ro.uow.edu.au/commpapers/469

Number Of Pages


  • 13

Start Page


  • 433

End Page


  • 446

Volume


  • 5