Finished the paper!!!

Yes, it is official! I finished the paper and submitted it to the ICWSM conference. It is the first methodological paper I have written and it feels a bit strange to write something that was more descriptive and with little to no results. It does, however describe the why and how of my current pilot study (which I *hope* to have finished by the end of Jan. – Finishing this paper gave me quite a lot of energy!) Although, i can admit that I will take time off for Christmas and decorating our tree!!

this is the abstract from the paper:

Following Conversational Traces:
Part I: Creating a corpus with the ICWSM dataset

This paper will present the methodology behind the creation of a linguistic corpus based on a subset of the 2007 International Conference on Weblogs and Social Media dataset. Social network analysis methods were used to identify traces of conversation in a small group of political bloggers. Posts from these bloggers were tagged for parts of speech and indexed into a corpus using Xairia. From this corpus, the political blogger subset will be investigated for register and referential information. Referential information, especially with regards to new and given information, will be compared against network placement both to identify network innovators as well as to compare network placement as a catalyst for innovation. The final section, Further Research, will describe the pilot study generated from this subset, as well as outline the modifications necessary for the creation of a corpus from the entire ICWSM 2006 dataset (currently in progress).