Digital Tools and Uses - Congress
The first international Digital Tools & Uses Congress is a multidisciplinary conference devoted to study the uses and development of digital tools. It aims at assembling five interrelated symposia: 1) Web Studies, 2) Challenges of IoT, 3) Recommender systems, 4) Archives and social networks, and 5) Digital Frontiers. The intention of this consortium is to approach a common object of study from different perspectives in order to enrich the discussion and collaboration between participants.
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Where: Université Paris 8 - Vincennes-Saint-Denis
2, rue de la Liberté

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Sciences Po, médialab, Paris

Speech Title

Hyperlink is not dead!


The emergence and success of web platforms raised a gimmick into social studies: “Hyperlink is dead!“. Capturing web users into mobile applications and private web platforms to propose them a specific user experience (and a business model) created indeed new silos in the open World Wide Web space. The simplified availability of user behavioural data through these platforms APIs reinforced this idea in academic communities by providing scholars with a rich and easy way to collect user centric data for their research. After discussing the methodological and ethical aspects of the web divide between platforms and classical websites, we will argue in this communication that hyperlinks, although more complex to collect, manipulate and apprehend, remain an invaluable matter to use the web as a research field. We will illustrate it using Hyphe, a dedicated web corpus creation tool we developed to mine hypertexts.


Founded in 2009 by Bruno Latour, the médialab was established to help social sciences and humanities take full advantage of the huge amount of data made available by digitization. Its three primary missions are methodology, analysis, and theory. The médialab has developed numerous tools that help organize, automate and visualize research on digital or scanned data. Join the team including Benjamin Ooghe-Tabanou, Mathieu Jacomy, Paul Girard and Guillaume Plique to discuss the digital methods and tools developed by the lab.