Updated: Aug 3, 2018

The Internet is changing the way arts are produced and consumed. DeviantArt, launched in 2000, has become one of the largest art platform on earth. Based on the idea of sharing and displaying amateur artworks, this social website has turned into a digital platform that has about 40 million monthly visitors. Not a traditional curator or biennial jury, but a network of common people openly dissects, criticizes and improves this giant open museum. Arts in the twenty first century is digital, and this project is about understanding its new dynamics, and developing the set of tools to cope with them.


The category structure of deviantArt

To study a social network site such as deviantArt, we used complex network analysis as our main tool, and did an analysis of dA's network first. With the support of my Veni Grant “DeviantArt: Mapping the Alternative Art World”, I received a data set directly from DeviantArt, of about 100.000 members. Beside the standard complex network approach of analysing links between members, we focused on the category structure of the DA member network, which revealed an unexpected picture. We found out that aside from the category of Photography, most categories do not create clusters of their sub-categories, but rather form mixed clusters according to production techniques.


We furthermore made use of the idea of citation networks, and analyzed the impact of deviantArt specific cite metrics and how these change user behavior. In another study, we tapped into how information flows in deviantArt, and if we can use this as a methodology to follow the impact and spread of artistic styles & genres. A last study that focused on the network of dA was to suggest a new methodology that would combine the use of complex network tools with image analysis tools to get a better understanding of the dA in its entirety.


PUBLICATIONS:


2013. Combining Cultural Analytics and Networks Analysis: Studying a Social Network Site with User-Generated Content. A.A. Akdag Salah, L. Manovich, A.A. Salah and J. Chow. JOBEM, 57(3), 409-426.

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The high resolution images can be downloaded here: 1, 2, 3.


2013. Flow of Innovation in deviantArt: Following Artists on an Online Social Network Site. A.A. Akdag Salah, A.A. Salah. Mind and Society , 12(1), 137-149.

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2012. DeviantArt in Spotlight: A Network of Artists. A.A. Akdag Salah, A.A. Salah, B. Buter, N. Dijkshoorn, D. Modolo, Q. Nguyen, S. van Noort, B. van de Poel. Leonardo, 45(5).

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2011. Explorative visualization and analysis of a social network for arts: The case. Buter, N. Dijkshoorn, D. Modolo, Q. Nguyen, S. van Noort, B. van de Poel, A.A. Akdag Salah, A.A. Salah. Journal of Convergence, 2(2), .87-94.

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Updated: Aug 3, 2018

As a Digital Humanities scholar, I was curious to understand the dynamics of collaboration and publication behavior inside the discipline. Hence, we analyzed the citation structure of Digital Humanities (DH), and questioned whether a study of DH as a virtual community would help to understand its dynamics better.

Scientometric exploration of Virtual Communities, with the application of overlay maps.


As an interdisciplinary academician collaborating with many scholars from diverse fields, the benefits and drawbacks of collaboration heavily affected my research. I studied the results of big scientific collaborations, especially through two COST Actions of which I was a member of, COST Action MP0801: Physics of Competition and Conflicts and COST ACTION KnowEscape: Analyzing the dynamics of information and knowledge landscapes respectively. We have also looked at the EINS Network of Excellence on Internet Science as a collaboration network, and visualized its collaboration structure.



PUBLICATIONS:


2015. Analysing an Academic Field through the Lenses of Internet Science: Digital Humanities as a Virtual Community. A.A. Akdag Salah, A. Scharnhorst, and S. Wyatt. in Internet Science, Lecture Notes in Computer Science, Volume 9089, pp. 78-89. Springer.

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2013. Mapping EINS: An exercise in mapping the Network of Excellence in Internet Science. A.A. Akdag Salah, A. Scharnhorst, S. Wyatt, S. Passi. 1st International Internet Science Conference, April 2013, Brussels.

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Updated: Aug 3, 2018

Today, analysis of citations has diffused into the mainstream use of academicians, thanks to the analytics tools incorporated into academic search engines and indices.


A different perspective to Humanities: Shared Resources of UCLA's Humanities Departments. This (unpublished) map shows the relation between UCLA's Humanities Departments, based on the number of faculty that is affiliated with more than one department. The shared faculty acts as links between departments, showing a different organizational scheme of interdisciplinarity. Thus, the similarity between topics, and methodologies that allow such teaching and research practices in an institutional enterprise come to the fore.

As early as 2007, I have advocated for the use of these tools, but back then, the applicability of the idea was very limited due to lack of quality data. The references of publications were not available, and to extract them automatically one needed good working OCR tools, as well as a lot of manual cleaning and editing. In short, it was a cumbersome enterprise.


Some of my early publications are devoted to the analysis of Arts & Humanities publication trends and the specifics of citation tradition inside humanities. We have prepared a website displaying the position and environment of every individual journal in A&HCI (2008) based on their similarities in citation patterns.


The journal Leonardo was an in-depth study, a representative sample, and we generated an animation to show how its citation network changed over time, and what we can conclude from these changes:


Leonardo's Citation Environment (based on the references that appeared in Leonardo)

Leonardo's Knowledge Base (papers & journals that refer to articles that appeared in Leonardo).



Publications


2012. The Development of the Journal Environment of Leonardo. A.A. Akdag Salah, Loet Leydesdorff, Leonardo, 43(4).

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2011. The structure of the Arts & Humanities Citation Index: A comprehensive mapping on the basis of journals and subject categories. L. Leydesdorff, B. Hammarfelt & A.A. Akdag Salah, JASIST, 62(12), 2414-2426.

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2010. Maps on the basis of the Arts & Humanities Citation Index: the journals Leonardo and Art Journal, and “Digital Humanities” as a topic. L. Leydesdorff, A.A. Akdag Salah. JASIST, 61(4), 787-801.

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2010. Mapping the Flow of Digital Humanities. A.A. Akdag Salah, A. Scharnhorst, L. Leydesdorff. DH 2010.

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2007. Citation Networks: A New Humanities Tool? A.A. Akdag Salah, Z. Borovsky. DH 2007.

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