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Landscaping Climate Change: A mapping technique for understanding science & technology debates on the World Wide Web

Marres, Noortje and Rogers, Richard. 2000. Landscaping Climate Change: A mapping technique for understanding science & technology debates on the World Wide Web. Public Understanding of Science, 9(2), pp. 141-163. ISSN 0963-6625 [Article]

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New World Wide Web (web) mapping techniques may inform and ultimately facilitate meaningful participation in current science and technology debates. The technique described here “landscapes” a debate by displaying key “webby” relationships between organizations. “Debate-scaping” plots two organizational positionings—the organizations' inter-hyperlinking as well as their discursive affinities. The underlying claim is that hyperlinking and discursive maps provide a semblance of given socio-epistemic networks on the web. The climate change debate on the web in November 1998 serves as a test case. Three findings are reported. First, distinctive .com, .gov and .org linking styles were found. Second, organizations take care in making hyperlinks, leading to the premise that the hyperlinks (and the “missing links”) reveal which issue and debate framings organizations acknowledge, and find acceptable and unacceptable. Finally, it was learned that organizations take substantive positions and address other organizations' positions. Thus, we found the makings of a “debate” that may be mapped. Scenarios of use to support new public participation techniques and experiments are discussed by way of conclusion.

Item Type:

Article

Identification Number (DOI):

https://doi.org/10.1088/0963-6625/9/2/304

Departments, Centres and Research Units:

Sociology

Dates:

DateEvent
2000Published

Item ID:

13608

Date Deposited:

22 Sep 2015 15:07

Last Modified:

22 Sep 2015 15:07

Peer Reviewed:

Yes, this version has been peer-reviewed.

URI:

http://research.gold.ac.uk/id/eprint/13608

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