dhr. prof. dr. R.A. Rogers

Nieuwe media en digitale cultuur
  • Faculteit der Geesteswetenschappen
    Capaciteitsgroep Media & Cultuur
  • Turfdraagsterpad  9
    1012 XT  Amsterdam
  • R.A.Rogers@uva.nl
    T:  0205253352

Research Sketch

Prof. Richard Rogers is a Web epistemologist, an area of study where the main claim is that the Web is a knowledge culture distinct from other media. Rogers concentrates on the research opportunities that would have been improbable or impossible without the Internet. His research involves studying and building info-tools. He studies and makes use of the adjudicative or 'recommender' cultures of the Web that help to determine the reputation of information as well as organizations. The most well-known tool Rogers has developed with his colleagues is the Issue Crawler, a server-side Web crawler, co-link machine and graph visualizer. It locates what Rogers and colleagues have dubbed "issue networks" on the Web - densely interlinked clutches of NGOs, funders, governmental agencies, think tanks and lone scientists or scientific groups, working in the same issue area. Unlike social networks, issue networks do not privilege individuals and groups, asthe networks also may be made up of a news story, document, leak, database, image or other such items. Taken together these actors and 'argument objects' serve as a means to understand the state of an issue either in snapshots or over time. Rogers and colleagues also developed the Election Issue Tracker, a pre-RSS newspaper query machine employed in the Netherlands to understand whether media aided the rise of populism. Other tools Rogers and colleagues have developed include the Web Issue Index of Civil Society, also known as the Issue Ticker, where the campaigning behavior of NGOs is monitored. The Index is a novel form of attention cycle research, showing whether attention to issues is rising or falling, not according to newspaper coverage, but rather according to civil society campaigning. Some of the tools by Rogers and colleagues were featured at the ZKM, in the exhibition, entitled "Making Things Public: Atmospheres of Democracy," curated by Bruno Latour and Peter Weibel. Most recently, Rogers and colleagues have developed a suite of tools for the capture and study of Web data. The tools form the infrastructure of the Digital Methods Initiative, which specialises in repurposing online devices (and 'methods of the medium') for research that goes beyond the study of online culture only. 
Biographical Sketch    
Richard Rogers is University Professor and holds the Chair in New Media & Digital Culture at the University of Amsterdam. He is also Director of the Govcom.org Foundation (Amsterdam) and the Digital Methods Initiative. Previously, Rogers worked as Senior Advisor to Infodrome, the Dutch Governmental Information Society initiative. He also has worked as a Researcher and Tutor in Computer Related Design at the Royal College of Art (London), Research Fellow in Design and Media at the Jan van Eyck Academy (Maastricht), and Researcher in Technology Assessment at the Science Center Berlin (WZB) and in Strategic Computing in the Public Sector at Harvard University (JFK School). He earned his PhD and MSc in Science Studies at the University of Amsterdam,and his B.A. in Government and German at Cornell University. Over the past decade, Rogers and the Govcom.org Foundation have received research grants from the Dutch Government, Soros Foundation, Open Society Institute, Ford Foundation, Open Society Foundations, Mondriaan Foundation and MacArthur Foundation. Most recently, he was Annenberg Fellow at the Annenberg School for Communication at the University of Pennsylvania and Visiting Scholar in Comparative Media Studies, Massachusetts Instittute of Technology (MIT). IT. Rogers is author of Technological Landscapes (Royal College of Art, London, 1999), editor of Preferred Placement: Knowledge Politics on the Web (Jan van Eyck Press, 2000), and author of Information Politics on the Web (MIT Press, 2004/2005), "the 2005 Best Information Science Book of the Year Award presented by the American Society for Information Science and Technology (ASIST)." He is also author of The End of the Virtual (Amsterdam University Press, 2009). His forthcoming book on Digital Methods is with MIT Press (2013).


  • R.A. Rogers (2015). Digital Methods for Web Research. In R.A. Scott & S.M. Kosslyn (Eds.), Emerging Trends in the Behavioral and Social Sciences. Hoboken, NJ: Wiley.


  • R.A. Rogers (2014). Foreword: Debanalising Twitter: The Transformation of an Object of Study. In K. Weller, A. Bruns, J. Burgess, M. Mahrt & C. Puschmann (Eds.), Twitter and Society (Digital Formations, 89) (pp. xi-xxvii). New York: Peter Lang.


  • R. Rogers (2013). Digital Methods. Cambridge, MA: MIT Press. http://mitpress-ebooks.mit.edu/product/digital-methods
  • R.A. Rogers (2013). Koniec wirtualnosci - metody cyfrowe. In K Łukasiewicza & I Topp (Eds.), Prace Kulturoznawcze XV (pp. 313-340). Wroclaw: Wydawnictwo Uniwersytetu Wroclawskiego.
  • R.A. Rogers, E.J.T. Weltevrede, S.M.C. Niederer & E.K. Borra (2013). National Web Studies: The Case of Iran Online. In J. Hartley, A. Bruns & J. Burgess (Eds.), A Companion to New Media Dynamics (pp. 142-166). Oxford: Blackwell.
  • R.A. Rogers (2013). Debanalizing Twitter: The Transformation of an Object of Study. In M Bernstein, L Adamic, H Alani, A Monnin & R Rogers (Eds.), Proceedings of the 3rd Annual ACM Web Science Conference Paris (pp. 320-329). New York: ACM.
  • R. Rogers (2013). Internet Research: The Question of Method - A Keynote Address from the YouTube and the 2008 Election Cycle in the United States Conference. In C. Hine (Ed.), Virtual Research Methods (SAGE Benchmarks in Social Research Methods) (pp. 337-364). Los Angeles: Sage.


  • R. Rogers (2012). Mapping and the Politics of Web Space. Theory, Culture and Society, 29 (4/5), 193-219. doi: 10.1177/0263276412450926
  • R.A. Rogers & E. Sendijarevic (2012). Neutral or National Point of View? A Comparison of Srebrenica Articles across Wikipedia's Language Versions. In Wikipedia Academy 2012. Berlin: http://wikipedia-academy.de/2012/wiki/Accepted_submissions.


  • R.A. Rogers (2011). Das Ende des Virtuellen: Digitale Methoden. Zeitschrift für Medienwissenschaft, 2 (5), 61-77.
  • R.A. Rogers & N. Marres (2011). Landscaping Climate Change: A Mapping Technique for Understanding Science and Technology Debates on the World Wide Web. In L. Prior (Ed.), Using Documents and Records in Social Research (SAGE Benchmarks in Social Research Methods, VOLUME 4: HOW DOCUMENTS DO THINGS WITH PEOPLE). London: Sage.


  • R. Rogers (2010). Mapping public web space with the Issuecrawler. In B. Reber & C. Broussard (Eds.), Digital cognitive technologies: epistemology and the knowledge society (pp. 89-99). London [etc.]: ISTE with Wiley.
  • R. Rogers (2010). Internet Research: The Question of Method - A Keynote Address from the YouTube and the 2008 Election Cycle in the United States Conference. Journal of Information Technology & Politics, 7 (2/3), 241-260. doi: 10.1080/19331681003753438
  • R.A. Rogers & A. Ben-David (2010). Coming to Terms: A conflict analysis of the usage, in official and unofficial sources, of 'security fence,' 'apartheid wall,' and other terms for the structure between Israel and the Palestinian Territories. Media, War and Conflict, 2 (3), 202-229.


  • R. Rogers (2009). Mapping ECulture, eCultuur, E-cultuur or e-culture: Richard Rogers in conversation with Annet Dekker. In C. Brickwood (Ed.), Mapping E-culture (pp. 10-15). [Amsterdam]: Virtueel Platform. http://dare.uva.nl/document/170113[go to publisher's site]
  • R. Rogers (2009). Post-democraphic machines. In A. Dekker & A. Wolfsberger (Eds.), Walled garden (pp. 29-39). [Amsterdam]: Virtueel Platform. http://dare.uva.nl/document/170112[go to publisher's site]
  • R. Rogers (2009). The end of the virtual: digital methods (Oratiereeks / University of Amsterdam, Faculty of Humanities, 339). Amsterdam: Vossiuspers UvA.
  • R. Rogers (2009). The googlization question: towards the inculpable engine? In K. Becker & F. Stalder (Eds.), Deep search: the politics of search beyond Google (pp. 173-184). StudienVerlag: Innsbruck.
  • R. Rogers (2009). The internet treats censorship as a malfunction and routes around it? A new media approach to the study of state internet censorship. In J. Parikka & T.D. Sampson (Eds.), The spam book: on viruses, porn, and other anomalies from the dark side of digital culture (pp. 229-247). Cresskill, NJ: Hampton Press.
  • R. Rogers (2009). Zur Frage der Vergoogelung: hin zu einer unkritisierbaren Machine? In K. Becker & F. Stalder (Eds.), Deep search: Politik des Suchens jenseits von Google (pp. 193-206). StudienVerlag: Innsbruck.



  • R. Rogers (2007). Faire la cartographie de l'espace public sur le Web à l'aide de Issuecrawler. In C. Brossaud & B. Reber (Eds.), Humanités numeriques. - Vol. 1: Nouvelles technologies cognitives et épistémologie (Cognition et traitement de l'information) (pp. 117-127). Paris: Hermès Science.


  • R.A. Rogers & N. Marres (2013). Landscaping Climate Change: A Mapping Technique for Understanding Science and Technology Debates on the World Wide Web. In C. Hine (Ed.), Virtual Research Methods. London: Sage.


  • R.A. Rogers, E.J.T. Weltevrede, S.M.C. Niederer & E.K. Borra (2012). National Web Studies: Mapping Iran Online. (Preprints). Philadelphia: Iran Media Program, Annenberg School for Communication, University of Pennsylvania.


  • R.A. Rogers (2011). After Cyberspace: Data-rich Media Online. In MiT7. Unstable Platforms: The Promise and Peril of Transition.



  • R.A. Rogers (2010). Post-demografisch onderzoek: voorbij het doelgroepdenken. De Gids, 3, 344-355.
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