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2014 | Action Number: IS0906

Special Issue of Budapest Management Review on Managerial issues related to audience transformation and production

This special issue of Budapest Management Review is guest-edited in collaboration with the Working Group on “Audience interactivity and participation” of the COST Action IS0906 “Transforming Audiences, Transforming Societies”.

The issue covers wide area of cross media production and audience involvement related topics with special emphasis on managerial issues and aspects. Participating audiences are changing media market value chain; co-creators, producers and prosumers as audiences appear, so the special focus on participation in managerial context is emphasized as well.    

Budapest Management Review
Volume 44, Issue 2, 2014

Table of contents:

Zsolt Varga – Nóra Nyirő: Through the kaleidoscope: media consumption patterns in the participatory cross-media era 

Daiva Siudikiene: Playing and creating audiences media users-generated content quality assessment          

Tamás Csordás – Mirkó Gáti: The New (Marketing) Role of Firms as Media Content Providers - The case of SME's Strategic Social Media Presence 

Angela Chang: What the audiences of performing arts find most important: An examination of the attitudinal and relational marketing strategies           

Tamás Bokor: More Than Words, Brand Destruction in the Online Sphere

Dóra Horváth – Ariel Mitev – andrás Bauer: Winning Media Strategies in the Time of the Economic Crisis          

2014 | Action Number: IS0906

Participatory Journalism: Possibilities and Constraints for Audience Participation

  • Author(s): Editor-in-Chief: Nada Zgrabljic Rotar (University of Zadar, Croatia) Guest Editor of the Special Issue: Igor Vobic (University of Ljubljana, Slovenia)

In late modern societies, communication is shaped by concepts such as heterogeneity, fragmentation and individualisation. Social networking sites, blogs, and micro-blogs have recently joined the billions of websites enabling different individual and collective actors that are scattered across the locales to participate in public communication in a variety of unprecedented ways. These online forms of communicative engagement have also facilitated the ideas of the collaborative and the collective in contemporary journalism of traditional media organisations. The “people formerly known as the audience”, as Jay Rosen acknowledged almost a decade ago, have actively started to contribute to the on-going processes of creating news websites in mainstream media and became variously engaged in participatory journalism. Despite the fact that the idea of participatory journalism engages people both inside and outside the newsrooms to communicate, not only to, but also with each other, there have been indications of inclusivist, and also exclusivist principles and practices, of collective and collaborative news making. The different modes of audience participation in journalism have, in some cases, eliminated some of the traditional ideals in journalism, such as truthiness, the principle of objectivity, and a disinterest in the shaping of political life, and have replaced them with alternatives, such as deliberation, multiperspectivity, and participation in political life. In this sense, the ordinary people have with professional assistance captured and published through words, photographic, or video stories of worldwide significance, and have shared personal perspectives or particular views from their small communities on issues of a larger significance, thereby reshaping the dynamics between the global and the (micro-)local in public communication.The authors of the articles that have been included in this special issue of Medijska istraživanja/Media Research consider the possibilities and constrains of participatory journalism  to be the starting points of their explorations. The issue consists of five scholarly articles: one theoretical discussion on participatory journalism in the Internet age, and four case studies from the Netherlands, Slovenia, Serbia, and Belgium.Contents:EditorialIgor Vobič Reconsidering Participatory Journalism in the Internet Age Igor Vobič, Peter Dahlgren Available at: “It really is a Craft”: Repertoires in Journalistic Frontrunners’ Talk on Audience ParticipationMerel Borger, Irene Costera Meijer, Anita van Hoof, Jose Sanders Available at: Abuse of Online Participatory Journalism in Slovenia: Offensive Comments under News Items Karmen Erjavec, Melita Poler-KovačičAvailable at:   Co-construction and Deconstruction of Poverty on Serbian News WebsitesJelena Kleut, Smiljana Milinkov Available at:  Identity, Contingency and Rigidity: The (Counter-) hegemonic Constructions of the Identity of the Media ProfessionalNico Carpentier

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See also:
Portal of scientific journals of Croatia

2014 | Action Number: IS0906

Children’s Cultures and Media Cultures

This special issue is resulting from the work of the Working Group 4 on “Audience transformations and social integration” of the COST Action IS0906 “Transforming Audiences, Transforming Societies”. COST is an intergovernmental framework for European Cooperation in Science and Technology, allowing the coordination of nationally-funded research at the European level.

The connection between children's cultures and media cultures can be considered a privileged area of innovation, in which many different actors and stakeholders (children, parents, educators, producers, marketing agents, regulators, policy makers and, last but not least, scholars) constantly negotiate the meaning of childhood in our globalised societies.

In the ever changing landscape of (old and new) media and their audiences, convergence between children’s cultures and media cultures is an increasingly topical field of study. To name but some of the challenges this reality presents, one could note how children and adolescents are continually exposed to the expansion of global digital TV channels addressed to them; how  the growing investment in marketing activities is often associated with new forms of publicity and participation in new platforms like SNS sites or mobile communication; how new social practices born of changing family structures and the fast paced rhythm of everyday life make children’s lives not only far more institutionalised, but also increasingly individualistic. In fact, today children’s lives are influenced by a culture that is dominated by personal and mobile media far more than it ever was in past generations.

In this special issue, some of the aforementioned topics are studied in greater depth and debated on different levels, starting with children’s experience of everyday life and arriving at the concepts put forward by public policies and institutions.


Introduction: Children’s Cultures and Media Cultures
Cristina Ponte, Piermarco Aroldi

The Complex Process of Children’s Identity in New Landscapes of Media and Culture
Ebba Sundin
Youth Media Participation: Global Perspectives
Sirkku Kotilainen, Annikka Suoninen

TOPmodels and Top Designers: Forms of Social Interaction and Creativity in the TOPmodel Online Forums
Mari Mäkiranta

Dress up and What Else? Girls’ Online Gaming, Media Cultures and Consumer Culture
Giovanna Mascheroni, Francesca Pasquali

Media, Children and Play: New Practices in a New (and Complex) Ecosystem
Carolina Duek

Meet me at the Coconut Gate at 8.30: ‘Mikmak’ as a Site of Socialisation
David Levin, Sharon Ramer Biel

The Efficiency of Regulation and Self-regulation: Croatian Media’s Protection of Children’s Rights (2008 – 2012)
Lana Ciboci, Igor Kanižaj, Danijel Labaš

More Technology, Better Childhoods? The Case of the Portuguese ‘One Laptop per Child’ Programme
Sara Pereira

2014 | Action Number: IS0906

Special journal issue on Histories of media(ted) participation

This special issue takes on the challenge to combine historical research with the study of participatory media, and participation in/through the media. The attention spent on the notion of participation has oscillated over time and within different academic disciplines and societal fields. In recent years, we can see a hopeful celebration of the capacities on online technologies to facilitate (or even embody) participatory practices. Reflections on these ‘new’ technologies in many cases have led to formulations of strong claims to novelty and uniqueness, in combination with processes of amnesia in relation to the societal roles of old media technologies. As Ekström et al. (2011: 4) write: “by overstating the newness of participatory media, the history of audience activity [and media participation] is made invisible and the present elusively vague.” Apart from the need for historical research for its own sake, and the need to show the complexities and differences over time by going back to periods “when old technologies where new” – to quote Marvin’s (1988) book title – historical research is also very necessary to compensate for the mythologies of novelty that characterize contemporary reflections about ‘new’ – or better: online – media. Today’s digital media landscape is of course in constant evolution, and it is important to understand how its patterns of development, not least in regard to its political economy, technical architecture, and socio-cultural usage, embody built-in contingencies that both engender and delimit its efficacy for democratic participation. This special issue contains 6 articles that, each in their own ways, demonstrate the complexities, fluidities and limitations of specific participatory practices, located in the past and present, and the interconnections between different societal fields, such as the technological, the cultural, the political and the journalistic.

Table of Contents

Histories of media(ted) participation: An introduction (p. 7–14)
Nico Carpentier, Peter Dahlgren

Fighting for a regime change through active listening (p. 15–34)
Nelson Ribeiro

For an archeology of online participatory literary writing: Hypertext and hyperfiction (p. 35–54)
Francesca Pasquali

Wrong turns towards revolution? Grassroots media and political participation in Italy (1967-2012) (p. 55–78)
Fausto Colombo

Propaganda, critical media literacy and participation: Tracing memories of the Soviet media (p. 79–104)
Natalija Mažeikiene, Kristina Juraite

The tales of the three digital cities of Amsterdam: The application of ICT for social and political participation (p. 105–130)
Dennis Beckers, Peter van den Besselaar

Historicising the journalist–audience relationships in the internet era: A case study of the Slovenian newspaper Delo (p. 131–156)
Igor Vobic

2014 | Action Number: IS0906

Building Bridges: Pathways to a Greater Societal Significance for Audience Research

The report Building Bridges adresses the questions why, how and for whom academic audience research has public value, from the different points of view of the four working groups in the COST Action IS0906 Transforming Audiences, Transforming Societies – “New Media Genres, Media Literacy and Trust in the Media”, “Audience Interactivity and Participation”, “The Role of Media and ICT Use for Evolving Social Relationships” and “Audience Transformations and Social Integration”.
Building Bridges is the result of an ongoing dialogue between the Action and non-academic stakeholders in the field of audience research. Altogether, the 14 contributions in the report provide insights and feed the debate on the stakeholders’ respective “inhabited worlds” (the academia being one stakeholder among others), the different modes of researcher-stakeholder interaction, and possible (and desirable) areas of joint interest and collaboration.

Edited by
Geoffroy Patriarche, Helena Bilandzic, Nico Carpentier, Cristina Ponte, Kim C. Schrøder and Frauke Zeller
With contributions by
Jakob Bjur, Mélanie Bourdaa, Göran Bolin, Nico Carpentier, Paula Cordeiro, Peter Dahlgren, Alexander Dhoest, Manuel José Damasio, J. Ignacio Gallego, Dafna Lemish, Jakob Linaa Jensen, Peter Lunt, Maria Francesca Murru, Francesca Pasquali, José-Manuel Noguera Vivo, Lars Nyre, Brian O’Neill, Andra Siibak, Sascha Trültzsch-Wijnen, Nicoletta Vittadini, Igor Vobič and Frauke Zeller
Stakeholder feedback from
Michelle Arlotta (DeAgostini), Andreea M. Costache (Association of Consumers of Audiovisual Media in Catalonia/TAC), Francesco Diasio (AMARC Europe), Marius Dragomir (Open Society Foundations), Sara Elias (BBC Media Action), Dragan Kremer (Open Society Foundations), Muriel Hanot (High Authority for Audiovisual Media/CSA Belgium), Stefan Lazarević (Serbian Ministry of Foreign and Internal Trade and Telecommunications), Karol Małcużyński (TVP), Jadranka Milanović (UNICEF Belgrade), Leo Pekkala (Finnish Centre for Media Education and Audiovisual Media/MEKU), Julie Uldam (Network on Civic Engagement and Social Innovation) and Gabriella Velics (Community Media Forum Europe)

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Human Rights and Development in the New Millenium

  • Author(s): Paul Gready and Wouther Vandenhole
  • Publisher(s): Routledge
  • ISBN/ISSN: 978-0-415-52729-3

In recent years human rights have assumed a central position in the discourse surrounding international development, while human rights agencies have begun to more systematically address economic and social rights. This edited volume brings together distinguished scholars to explore the merging of human rights and development agendas at local, national and international level. They examine how this merging affects organizational change, operational change, and role of relevant actors in bringing about change. With a focus on practice and policy rather than pure theory, the volume also addresses broader questions such as what human rights and development can learn from one another, and whatever the connections between the two fields are increasing or declining.

2014 | Action Number: TU0905

Challenging Glass 4- Structural Glass-Novel design methods and next generation products

  • Author(s): Christian Louter, Freek Bos, Jan Belis, Jean-Paul Lebet
  • Publisher(s): Taylor&Francis
  • ISBN/ISSN: 978-1-138-00164-0

This proceedings volume of the Challenging Glass 4 & COST Action TU0905 Final Conference held 6-7 February 2014 at the EPFL in Lausanne, Switzerland, represents the final Action Publication of the European Research Network COST Action TU0905 "Structural Glass-Novel design methods and next generation products." It contains nearly 100 peer-reviewed papers-published by more than 180 authors from 22 different countries- that focus on the architectural and structural applications of glass in structures and facades. As such, it provides a profound state-of-the-art of structural glass design and engineering. A must-read for all architects, engineers, scientist, industry partners and other enthusiasts interested in this rapidly evolving and challenging domain.

2013 | Action Number: CM1103

Xjenza Online - Journal of Malta Chamber of Scientists

2013 | Action Number: TU1001

Public Private Partnerships in Transport: Trends & Theory P3T3 - 2013 Discussion Papers - PART I: Country Profiles

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2013 | Action Number: TU1001

Public Private Partnerships in Transport: Trends & Theory (P3T3) - 2013 Discussion Papers PART II: Case Studies

  • Pages: 243
  • Author(s): Roumboutsos, A., Farrell, S., Liyanage, C.L., Macario, R. (Eds.)

Part II of the 2013 P3T3 Discussion Papers includes 24 cases originating from 13 countries in Europe: Albania, Austria, Belgium, Cyprus, Czech Republic, France, Greece, the Netherlands, Portugal, Serbia, Spain, Sweden and the UK. The largest group, nine cases in total, are road and motorway projects: one of the best known application areas for PPPs. Cases presented range from conventional toll motorways in Greece through a road tunnel in the Netherlands financed by availability payments, to an airport access road built by the Flemish Government using a public sector corporate entity and a “shadow” DBFM agreement. 

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2013 | Action Number: IC0801

Agreement Technologies

More and more transactions, whether in business or related to leisure activities, are mediated automatically by computers and computer networks, and this trend is having a significant impact on the conception and design of new computer applications. The next generation of these applications will be based on software agents to which increasingly complex tasks can be delegated, and which interact with each other in sophisticated ways so as to forge agreements in the interest of their human users. The wide variety of technologies supporting this vision is the subject of this volume. It summarises the European Cooperation in Science and Technology (COST) Action project on Agreement Technologies (AT), during which approximately 200 researchers from 25 European countries, along with eight institutions from non-COST countries, cooperated as part of a number of working groups. The book is the first to provide a comprehensive overview of the emerging field of Agreement Technologies, written and coordinated by the leading researchers in the field. The results set out here are due for wide dissemination beyond the computer technology sector, involving law and social science as well.

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2013 | Action Number: IC0804

Energy Efficiency in Large Scale Distributed Systems

This book constitutes revised selected papers from the Conference on Energy Efficiency in Large Scale Distributed Systems, EE-LSDS, held in Vienna, Austria, in April 2013. It served as the final event of the COST Action IC0804 which started in May 2009. The 15 full papers presented in this volume were carefully reviewed and selected from 31 contributions. In addition, 7 short papers and 3 demo papers are included in this book. The papers are organized in sections named: modeling and monitoring of power consumption; distributed, mobile and cloud computing; HPC computing; wired and wireless networking; and standardization issues.

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2013 | Action Number: IS0702

National Human Rights Institutions in Europe - Comparative, European and international perspective

This book, the result of a COST conference held in Leuven in April 2012, focuses on the functioning and role of National Human Rights Institutions (NHRIs) in Europe in a comparative, European and international perspective. At a time when the European Union is looking for a more coherent and strategic human rights policy, it is important that policy makers and academics pay more attention to the potential role of NHRIs. By bringing together contributions from academics and practitioners, this volume offers insights into the opportunities and challenges that accompany the increasing emergence of NHRIs in Europe and their proliferation on the multiple levels of human rights promotion and protection. Accordingly, this volume aims to inform and further trigger the NHRI debate in Europe.

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2013 | Action Number: A35

Rural societies and environments at risk - Ecology, property rights and social organisation in fragile areas (Middle Ages-Twentieth century)

This book discusses the relationship between ecology and rural society in fragile environments from the Middle Ages until the 20th century, and questions how societies organised land use by property rights.

This book discusses the relationship between ecology and rural society in fragile environments of the past. Rural land use in these areas entailed an inherent vulnerability, for instance because of their poor soils, aridity or their location in mountain areas, near the sea or in severe climatic conditions. The various chapters analyse how societies coped with this vulnerability by way of the organization of property rights to land. These rights formed the framework which shaped the use of the land and were a main constituent of the relationship between mankind and ecology in these fragile areas. To a large extent, therefore, they determined – and still determine - the success or failure of rural societies to cope with the challenges posed by their environment. In their turn, however, these property rights were shaped within a wider social and political context, in which political and ideological considerations, and special interests, also played their part. As a result, the organization of these rights was not always geared towards sustainability, as demonstrated in these chapters, which discuss and analyse long-term developments in several parts of Northwestern, Central and Southern Europe.

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2013 | Action Number: TU1208

Civil Engineering Applications of Ground Penetrating Radar: Proceedings of the First Action's General Meeting

This publication offers an overview of the Action's first meeting, held on 22-24 July 2013 in Rome, Italy. The meeting mainly addressed the state of the art, advancements and ongoing studies and open problems, in the fields of GPR technologies and methodologies. Participants also discussed inspection strategies and practices, electromagnetic methods for the modelling of GPR scenarios, and numerical algorithms for the processing of GPR data. The meeting also emphasised the importance of the relations between the discussed scientific-technological issues and the social and economical concerns.  

Building on these proceedings, the Action also published a comprehensive assessment of the state of the art in the  field of the civil engineering applications of GPR  (April 2015).

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