Issue Mapping Online – First Workshop


The first of two Issue Mapping Online workshops will take place on Tuesday, May 22 2012 at Goldsmiths.

This one-day workshop will bring together participants with different backgrounds in social research, design, computing and issue advocacy, who will work jointly in teams. The objective is to identify and advance existing approaches to issue mapping online and to begin developing further tactics for issue mapping. These tactics shall function as starting points for exploring new methodological approaches, outline possible case studies and future research projects, and identify relevant tools or develop specific requirements for new tools. The workshop will start with presentations on issue mapping online by members of Goldsmiths Sociology, the Digital Methods Group (Amsterdam) and the Science Po Media Lab (Paris) and will continue with group projects focusing on emergent issue mapping tactics. Doing so, we will approach issue mapping as a participatory research method, drawing on the distributed analytical capacities of tools and participants from various backgrounds. A second workshop has been planned for October.

Workshops: Aims, outcomes & ideas

Workshop and group formation notes in Google docs. (Live notetaking!)

Location: New Academic Building (NAB) 305 & 306

From 9.15 Coffee & arrival

9.30 – 9.45 Welcome

9.45 – 11.15 Presentations on Tactics for Online Issue Mapping

9.45 – 10.15 Noortje Marres and Carolin Gerlitz (Goldsmiths)

10.15 – 10.45 Tommaso Venturini (Media Lab, Science Po, Paris)

10.45 – 11.15 Digital Methods Initiative (University of Amsterdam)

11.15 – 11.30 Coffee break

11.30 – 1.00 Group work:

Formation of groups, selection of tactic, planning work for afternoon, identifying potential approaches and pilot studies

Each group will work with a workshop consultant: Erik Borra, Anne Helmond, Sabine Niederer, Esther Weltevrede (Digital Methods Initiative, University of Amsterdam).

1.00 – 2.00 Lunch at the Centre for the Study of Invention and Social Process, Warmington Tower 1204

2.00 – 4.15 Group work: Groups work on selected issue mapping tactics

Before: quick report to plenum what will happen during the afternoon.

4.15 – 4.30 Coffee break

4.30 – 5.15 Group presentations

5.15 – 6.00 Closing comments by Richard Rogers followed by discussion