First Monday

First Monday is one of the first openly accessible, peer–reviewed journals solely devoted to research about the Internet. First Monday has published 1,561 papers in 240 issues, written by 2,171 different authors. The May 2016 issue marks the 20th anniversary of First Monday. The first issue appeared two decades ago on the first Monday of May 1996 on a server in Copenhagen, coinciding with the opening of the International World Wide Web Conference in Paris.

Milford Sound
This month: May 2016
The Internet at the eco-village: Performing sustainability in the twenty-first century
Is the digital infrastructure and its footprint an ideological blind spot for recently emerging ecological communities including eco-villages? This paper examines how a group of people who are concerned with environmental issues in a Swedish eco-village are orchestrating a transition toward a more sustainable and resilient way of living. This analysis illustrates that the Internet capitalizes and mobilizes values, knowledge and social relationships that in turn enhance resilience in the eco-village. However this study shows that an explicit focus on ecological values is not sufficient for a community of individuals to significantly transform Internet use to conform to ecological ideals.
  
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Also this month
A scholarly divide: Social media, Big Data, and unattainable scholarship
Recent decades have witnessed an increased growth in data generated by information, communication, and technological systems, giving birth to the ‘Big Data’ paradigm. Despite the profusion of raw data being captured, Big Data require specialized skills to parse and analyze — and even with the requisite skills data are not readily available to download. Thus, the Big Data paradigm has not produced a coincidental explosion of research opportunities for the typical scholar. This paper evaluates the system architecture that supports the storage and retrieval of big social data, distinguishing between overt and covert data types, and how both the cost and control of social media data limit opportunities for research. There is a curious but growing ‘scholarly divide’ between researchers with the technical know-how, funding, or institutional connections to extract big social data and the mass of researchers who merely hear big social data invoked as the latest, exciting trend in unattainable scholarship.
  
  


 

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