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The core of the Web is a hyperlink navigation system collaboratively set up by webmasters to help users find desired information. While it is well known that search engines are important for navigation, the extent to which search has led to a mismatch between hyperlinks and the pathways that users actually take has not been quantified. By applying network(More)
Weblogs are now a key part of online culture, and social scientists are interested in characterising the networks formed by bloggers and measuring their extent and impact in areas such as politics. However, researchers wishing to conduct quantitative social science analysis of the blogging phenomenon are faced with the challenge of using new methods of data(More)
A social movement consists of organisations that are linked together by a common purpose or issue (the protection of the natural environment, in the case of the environmental movement). Competition between social movement organisations for members, resources and attention can be conceptualised using multi-organisational fields, and the explicit(More)
Environmental activist groups are active users of the Internet, a relatively low-cost medium with global reach that can facilitate the formation of global virtual commu nities (thus compensating for a lack of critical mass of activists in a given country). Web data are therefore very useful for social science research into the mobilisation and coordination(More)
In this paper we propose relational hyperlink analysis (RHA) as a distinct approach for empirical social science research into hyperlink networks on the World Wide Web. We demonstrate this approach, which employs the ideas and techniques of social network analysis (in particular, exponential random graph modeling), in a study of the hyperlinking behaviors(More)
e-Research has generated a number of expectations about increased collaboration between institutions and disciplines and also the organization of research communities around a central infrastructure. In this paper we use dynamic hyperlink network analysis to map the web presence of funded e-Research in the UK (both e-Science and e-Social Science) between(More)
This paper investigates political parties' use of a new form of political communication – online horizontal communication through hyperlinks. Specifically, we argue that hyperlinks facilitate a set of new and important communicative functions and have significant implications for parties' online visibility and prominence for voters. These propositions are(More)
This paper examines cultural and organisational dimensions of networking. Subgroup s within online environmental networks use collective action frames to commu nicate their vision of the world and to distinguish themselves from other subgroup s. We suggest that online activist networks are structured as fields where incumbents and newcomers contest the(More)
This paper presents a preliminary analysis of Websites contained in a large-scale crawl of the .au domain that was collected by the Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation (CSIRO) in late 2005. Our analysis is based on a 10 percent random sample of the CSIRO crawl dataset, which contains around 10 million Web pages from approximately(More)