S. Niederer

S. Niederer
Amsterdam University of Applied Sciences · Faculty of Digital Media and Creative Industries

PhD

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January 2021 - present
ARIAS Amsterdam
Position
  • Manager
Description
  • ARIAS is a platform for collaborative research through scientific and artistic practices. Its foundational drive is to nurture a diverse and sustainable research ecology among the institutions and organisations of education and knowledge in Amsterdam. ARIAS was founded in 2016 by the University of Amsterdam (UvA), VU Amsterdam (VU), Gerrit Rietveld Academie (GRA) / Sandberg Instituut (SI), Amsterdam University of Applied Sciences (AUAS) and Amsterdam University of the Arts (AHK).
November 2017 - present
Amsterdam University of Applied Sciences
Position
  • Professor
January 2007 - present
University of Amsterdam
Position
  • Researcher

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Publications (39)
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Social media is a transformative digital technology, collapsing the “six degrees of separation” which have previously characterized many social networks, and breaking down many of the barriers to individuals communicating with each other. Some commentators suggest that this is having profound effects across society, that social media have opened up...
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In this paper we present visual methodologies attuned to the networked nature of digital images. First, we describe approaches to image research in which images are not separated from their network, but rather studied en groupe. Here, we contrast approaches that treat images as data, and those that regard images as content. Second, we focus on the...
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With a foreword by Klaus Krippendorff. https://networkcultures.org/wp-content/uploads/2019/12/NetworkedContentAnalysisPDF.pdf
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This paper introduces and contextualises Climate Futures, an experiment in which AI was repurposed as a ‘co-author’ of climate stories and a co-designer of climate-related images that facilitate reflections on present and future(s) of living with climate change. It converses with histories of writing and computation, including surrealistic ‘algorit...
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In an image-saturated society, methods for visual analysis gain urgency. This special issue explores visual ways to study online images, focusing on their collection and circulation. The proposition we make is to stay as close to the material as possible. How to approach the visual with the visual? What type of images may one design to make sense o...
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En una sociedad saturada de imágenes, los métodos de análisis visual adquieren mayor urgencia. Este número especial explora las formas visuales de estudiar las imágenes en línea, centrándose en su recolección y circulación. La propuesta que hacemos es permanecer lo más cerca posible del material. ¿Cómo acercarse a lo visual con lo visual? ¿Qué tipo...
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Muchos de los artículos y las propuestas más-que-textuales que se presentaron para este número especial incluían tecnologías de visión artificial y otras prácticas mediadas por datos e inteligencia artificial (IA). Con el propósito de ofrecer una perspectiva crítica sobre la investigación (de diseño) basada en datos, decidimos explorar el campo eme...
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Disinformation and so-called fake news are contemporary phenomena with rich histories. Disinformation, or the willful introduction of false information for the purposes of causing harm, recalls infamous foreign interference operations in national media systems. Outcries over fake news, or dubious stories with the trappings of news, have coincided w...
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Disinformation and so-called fake news are contemporary phenomena with rich histories. Disinformation, or the willful introduction of false information for the purposes of causing harm, recalls infamous foreign interference operations in national media systems. Outcries over fake news, or dubious stories with the trappings of news, have coincided w...
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Disinformation and so-called fake news are contemporary phenomena with rich histories. Disinformation, or the willful introduction of false information for the purposes of causing harm, recalls infamous foreign interference operations in national media systems. Outcries over fake news, or dubious stories with the trappings of news, have coincided w...
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Disinformation and so-called fake news are contemporary phenomena with rich histories. Disinformation, or the willful introduction of false information for the purposes of causing harm, recalls infamous foreign interference operations in national media systems. Outcries over fake news, or dubious stories with the trappings of news, have coincided w...
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Disinformation and so-called fake news are contemporary phenomena with rich histories. Disinformation, or the willful introduction of false information for the purposes of causing harm, recalls infamous foreign interference operations in national media systems. Outcries over fake news, or dubious stories with the trappings of news, have coincided w...
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Disinformation and so-called fake news are contemporary phenomena with rich histories. Disinformation, or the willful introduction of false information for the purposes of causing harm, recalls infamous foreign interference operations in national media systems. Outcries over fake news, or dubious stories with the trappings of news, have coincided w...
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This article interrogates platform-specific bias in the contemporary algorithmic media landscape through a comparative study of the representation of pregnancy on the Web and social media. Online visual materials such as social media content related to pregnancy are not void of bias, nor are they very diverse. The case study is a cross-platform ana...
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In this paper we present visual methodologies attuned to the networked nature of digital images. First, we describe approaches to image research in which images are not separated from their network, but rather studied en groupe. Here, we contrast approaches that treat images as data, and those that regard images as content. Second, we focus on the...
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In her inaugural lecture, Sabine Niederer presents visual methodologies that take into account the contemporary state of digital images and demonstrates how visualizations may be put to use for collaborative research.
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Content Analysis has been developed within communication science as a technique to analyze bodies of text in order to identify cultural indicators, societal trends and issues. And while Content Analysis has seen a tremendous uptake across scientific disciplines, the advent of digital media has presented new challenges to the demarcation and study o...
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As web technology and (big) data continue to transform how we organize ourselves, scholarly research increasingly zooms in on the socio-material conditions of citizen participation and public engagement, the objects and devices that organize publics. Where social issues may often be the driver of such public engagement, increasingly the city and, m...
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This paper presents digital methods for city analytics, applied to the mapping and activation of an urban area in the city of Amsterdam called the Knowledge Mile. Firstly, we map companies registered in the area and analyse their connections through on-line hyperlinking. Secondly, we use Instagram, Panoramio and Google Search data to map most-share...
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The era of Big Data comes with the omnipresent metaphor of the Cloud, a term suggesting an ephemeral and seemingly endless storage space, unhindered by time and place. Similar to the satellite image of the Whole Earth, which was the icon of technological progress in the late 60s, the Cloud as a metaphor breathes the promise of technology, whilst ob...
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This work offers an approach to conceptualizing, demarcating and analyzing a national web. Instead of defining a priori the types of websites to be included in a national web, the approach put forward here makes use of web devices (platforms and engines) that purport to provide (ranked) lists of URLs relevant to a particular country. Once gathered...
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This work offers an approach to conceptualizing, demarcating and analyzing a national web. Instead of defining a priori the types of websites to be included in a national web, the approach put forward here makes use of web devices (platforms and engines) that purport to provide (ranked) lists of URLs relevant to a particular country. Once gathered...
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This article makes a contribution to the study of the climate controversy by using Web data to research the status of skepticism within the climate debate. In March 2008 the Heartland Institute, a Chicago-based libertarian public policy think-tank, organised the first international conference for climate change skeptics with the theme ‘Can You Hear...
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This work offers an approach to conceptualizing, demarcating and analyzing a national web. Instead of defining a priori the types of websites to be included in a national web, the approach put forward here makes use of web devices (platforms and engines) that purport to provide (ranked) lists of URLs relevant to a particular country. Once gathered...
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Wikipedia is often considered as an example of ‘collaborative knowledge’. Researchers have contested the value of Wikipedia content on various accounts. Some have disputed the ability of anonymous amateurs to produce quality information, while others have contested Wikipedia’s claim to accuracy and neutrality. Even if these concerns about Wikipedia...
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The Video Vortex Reader is the first collection of critical texts to deal with the rapidly emerging world of online video – from its explosive rise in 2005 with YouTube, to its future as a significant form of personal media. After years of talk about digital convergence and crossmedia platforms we now witness the merger of the Internet and televis...

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As a speculative storytelling genre, science fiction offers a means to look forward and (re-)imagine the future in a way that is unbound by today’s limited possibilities. Governments use science fiction to imagine terrorist threats of the future, and tech companies try and develop the seemingly impossible technologies imagined in movies and literature. The climate change debate similarly resides in the realm of forecasting and modeling the future. And while an overwhelming majority of people have settled on the devastating impact of climate change, the debates that resurface occur on the level of the models and techniques used for forecasting. (The hockey stick graph is perhaps the best-known and at the same time the most-contested projection in the history of the climate change debate.) In 2019, the Visual Methodologies Collective received funding from the Centre of Expertise for Creative Innovation (CoECI, Amsterdam) for a pilot project on climate-themed science fiction (AKA ‘cli-fi’) and AI, titled Climate Futures: (Machine) Learning from Cli-Fi. In the pilot project, we trained several algorithms on the basis of climate fiction in literature, Hollywood climate disaster movies, indigenous stories, and visual arts. Then, we prompted the algorithms to generate new works of climate fiction. After several iterations of training, testing, and training some more, we rendered new works of fiction and accompanying AI-generated illustrations. These were subsequently (human-)edited by selecting and (lightly) copy-editing the text and turning the synthetic images into riso-prints at the makerspace of the Amsterdam University of Applied Sciences. These results were shown at several events, such as the ARIAS AI and Co-creation event of February 14th, 2020, at Gerrit Rietveld Academy, and published as a podcast on multiple platforms. We submitted the results to various exhibitions worldwide, most of which were canceled or, at best, rescheduled due to the corona pandemic and related lockdowns. In Q1 of 2021, we will be wrapping up this pilot project by documenting and publishing all our materials - including the trained algorithms. At the same time, we are laying the groundwork for further collaborations and have some exciting spin-offs we are working on.
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Every second, a tremendous number of images is being uploaded and viewed online. These images become ‘networked’ when users like, share, comment or tag them, and also when platforms and engines format, filter, feed and recommend them to others. Each platform and engine handles images in distinct ways, thereby revealing platform-specific technicities. Both the networkedness and technicity of online images call for an approach attuned to the medium. Networked image research not only examines platform dependencies but also develops and designs images for research. These visualizations may be research protocol diagrams as well as maps for navigating and grouping content. Visualization and mapping practices guide researchers, designers, programmers, students and issue experts in their learning, analysis and public participatory work. The Visual Methodologies Collective is a research group specializing in visual and digital research for social issues. Our interests lie at the intersections of visual studies, digital research, information design, media theory, data visualization, storytelling and critical making.