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Visualizations of remix culture

In Research on January 19, 2008 at 4:37 pm

I’m very excited about having finally managed to sort through the data and produce what I believe are some of the first visualizations of our contemporary remix culture. The data is from the ccMixter online community which is focused on music production and remixing. We have managed to plot all the links between source and derivative works in this community and have conducted a preliminary analysis at the Participatory Media Lab, with the aim to understand the structure and the dynamics of participative action, especially as relating to the collaborative production of digital media content.

One of the visualizations, consisting of all uploaded audio tracks that have been remixed and all remixes thereof, is shown below. I was very surprised by the structure, density and connectedness of the resulting network. I was expecting to see a more weakly connected set of “islands of common interest”, as defined by genre, friendships or location. Instead, before we even go into deeper analysis, the figure suggests that the creative reuse of cultural content (such as enabled by licenses like Creative Commons) leads to a very high degree of cross-pollination across authors and across works, forming a dense network of greatly enhanced collaboration and creativity through open sharing and reuse. We have posted a working paper and more cool hi-res visuals on the Participatory Media Lab wiki.

New research wiki up!

In Research on January 2, 2008 at 6:46 pm

It’s been some time I haven’t posted anything, but what a busy time it’s been. Many things coming up in 2008: workshops, conferences, papers waiting to be finished, new ideas waiting to be put on paper… at least now we have a place to publish news and articles coming out of our research in Singapore or relating to our research interests. The Participatory Media Lab of SMU now has a wiki, and you can find it here: http://pml.wikidot.com. Check out this address for a list of all our papers and for news relating to CC, new media and free culture research. And thanks to wikidot for being such a great free service!


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