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Dana Diminescu – Diasporas on the Internet: The E-Diaspora Atlas

The e-Diasporas Atlas is a unique experiment in research on diasporas as well as in publishing, a first in the production of scientific findings and their presentation. Over the past twenty years, the use of both Webs 1.0 and 2.0 in migrant communities as well as the use of social-networking platforms  have produced a vast, moving e-corpus, whose exploration, analysis and archiving have never before been attempted. The outcome of the efforts of more than 80 researchers worldwide, the e-Diasporas Atlas is the first of its kind, with some 8,000 migrant websites archived and observed in their interactions. Aimed at mapping and analysing the use of the Web by diasporas and serving as both a source of analysis and a resource for accessing this unique data base, the e-Diasporas Atlas is a hybrid product combining many formats:   (1) A paper version composed of three composite maps, which introduce the reader to graphic representations of some thirty e-diasporas; (2)  a free, downloadable app enabling readers equipped with an iPhone to access articles and videos (3)  a companion website — http://www.e-diasporas.fr/index.html#top —  providing a space that makes it possible, in particular, to access personally the e-Diasporas research tools and platform, to manipulate the maps, to cross and compare the data and to move about within the graphs.

Brought to you by The International Institute and the UCLA Program on International Migration an co-sponsored by the Center for European and Eurasian Studies

Friday, October 19, 2012
12:00 PM - 1:30 PM
Los Angeles, CA, 10383 Bunche Hall

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