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Blogs as Interfaces between Several Worlds A Case Study of the Swedish Academic Blogosphere

Bloggar som gränssnitt mellan flera världar: en fallstudie av den svenska akademiska bloggosfären
Publiceringsår: 2009
Språk: Engelska
Sidor: 1-45
Publikation/Tidskrift/Serie: Human IT
Volym: 10
Nummer: 3
Dokumenttyp: Artikel


The purpose of this article is to examine the use of blogs as tools in scholarly communication practice. The article is based on a case study of the Swedish academic blogosphere. It starts with an overview of earlier research about blogs which is followed by a presentation of earlier research on scholarly communication practice. Disciplinary differences regarding the use of ICTs are considered specifically. Sixty-seven Swedish academic blogs are investigated using content analysis, supplemented by a webometric study of the same material. The results indicate agreement across disciplines regarding the use of blogs as tools. One conclusion is that blogs do not replace a previous form of communication, but function as distinct interfaces between four arenas: the university, the research field, the general public, and private life.



  • Cultural Sciences
  • Social Sciences
  • blogs
  • blogosphere
  • ICT
  • webometrics
  • scholarly communication practice



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