The general objective of the Media and Territories research area is to make an original contribution to developing digital humanities via a spatial and temporal analysis of information flows transmitted by the media (traditional and new media) in order to examine the territorialities that they transmit or reveal at different levels, from very local to very global, including regional and international.

This area was initially part of CIST’s territorial information programme, which was considered too vast and later subdivided into several more targeted areas. It became an autonomous CIST scientific focus area in late 2012 but its activity actually started in the early days of CIST in 2010 in the shape of the (fruitless) response to a project in the first wave of Equipex – Geomedia Mapper. The attainment of the ANR Corpus Géomédia in late 2012 endorsed the dense relations created within the initial group of about twenty researchers working on geography, computing and media and communication science and located in several research teams in different regions.

Other researchers participate in the area and extend its perspectives, partly through targeted studies on the role played by the media in developing citizens’ processes and social movements (China, North Africa) and on establishing open databases relating to territory (France and Latin America).

  • Opinion Dynamics and Cultural Conflict in European Space (2017-2020)

    Social media and the digitization of news and discussion fora are having far-reaching effects on the way individuals and communities communicate, organize, and express themselves. Can the information circulating on these platforms be tapped to better understand and analyze the enormous problems facing our contemporary society? Could this help us to better monitor the growing number of social crises due to cultural differences and diverging world-views? Would this facilitate early detection and perhaps even ways to resolve conflicts before they lead to violence?
    H2020 Odycceus project, launched in February 2017, answers all these questions affirmatively. It will develop the conceptual foundations, methodologies, and tools to translate this bold vision into reality and demonstrate its power in a large number of cases.

  • This working group, created as part of CIST’s Media and Territories scientific research area, is to encourage meetings between CIST researchers working on the subject (mostly geographers) and to put them in contact with other researchers (and other disciplines) working in the same field in France and abroad.

    One of the group’s first goals will be to produce a collective publication.
    The initial approach will be very broad, including:
    – Defining territory using data available on the web (opendata, WebGIS, data-sharing platforms, etc.)
    – Redefining territory and creating new territories using the web and web 2.0 (urbanism 2.0, territorial networks on the web, relationship between geographic proximities and media proximities, etc.)
    – Identifying territorial entities and the relations between them using media data available on the web (geomedia, etc.)

    This list is not exhaustive. Despite leaving the horizon open in this first phase, we will exclude studies on “virtual territories” and concentrate on definitions of physical territories.

  • ANR Corpus Géomédia – Observatory of international media flows – 2012-2014

    Financed through the French National Research Agency (ANR) Corpus Programme.
    The activities of the ANR Corpus Géomédia, which officially started on 1 November 2012, can be consulted in the project’s research blog, which acts as both a link between researchers and an external communication tool.

    Feasibility study on analytical tools based on Big Data project – 2014

    This project aims to provide specialized expertise on megadata, especially on web 2.0 (O’Reilly, 2005), linked to territorial data and information. After identifying the data sets available, a concrete, operational methodology will be proposed to process them with more traditional territorial data sets. Lastly, the project will make recommendations on processing this type of data.

    Projet Soft data pour les politiques publiques de la ville (PEPS) 2014

    This project explores the significance and role of soft data in making public decisions regarding town planning and management. Given the abundant data, the project will make a state of the art of existing data and develop a shared debate on methodological questions (“digital methods”) and theoretical issues (relationship between the digital and the physical) linked to using these data in urban policies.