But in short, this stuff matters because it takes us from a list of files that are opaque and hard to deal with – WARC and WAT files – and into something that we can now work with, and begin to ask research questions about.
If you’ve got a fantastic computer, you can try playing with the PDF export of this. I could make this prettier but I think there’s a limited audience for this.
My sincerest thanks to Micki Kaufman – her help (and willingness to walk me through some of the data wrangling on a screenshare) made this possible.
Some preliminary thoughts on the WAT file below and what we can learn from this sort of analysis. I’m not a YouTube personality, and Gephi can be occasionally persnickety – especially when one foolishly tries to work remotely in the morning on their laptop – but I think it showcases some of the possibilities. More soon.