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Research design – Overview

The aim of our research will be to:

- To map official and unofficial transnational digital networks, including EU and memberstate initiatives for creating interactive cultural platforms (epractice.eu, interculturaldialogue2008.eu/, michael-culture.eu/); popular multimedia sharing websites which have radically increased the economic and cultural significance of what has been termed as ‘user-generated content’ (YouTube for videos, MySpace for music, Flickr for photography); alternative participative media platforms which have given rise to what has been termed ‘grassroots journalism’ (Indymedia, the blogosphere); participatory websites using the model of collaborative knowledge production (wikipedia, edufactory.org, Rhizome, ArtEducation 2.0); peer-to-peer platforms that have enabled unmediated communication and the unmediated distribution of cultural artifacts (Skype for voice and text communication, BitTorrent for file exchange, SopCast for live broadcasting of TV programs); instant communications tools enabling the proliferation of new communities (Twitter for SMS like social networking, Facebook for social networking based on user profiles) and examine the extent to which their production, appeal and participatory base is transnational in character and allows migrant participation.

- To identify appropriate digital networks to be studied in depth in each one of the thematic areas and outline appropriate research methodologies to apply during fieldwork of the project.