Daniela van Geenen (1984) studied Cultural Studies (BA) in Nijmegen and recently completed her Master's in New Media and Digital Culture at Utrecht University (2018). In her master's thesis she investigates a software tool for network visualization that is often used by humanities scholars and researchers in the social sciences: Gephi. She states that software tools which (partially) automate the work of a researcher demand a continuous, active and critical attitude from the researcher. In conclusion, she also asks to what extent algorithmic research tools can be designed in a way that stimulates this attitude of the researcher. At the end of 2018/beginning of 2019, several publications will appear based on this study.
As a member of Journalism Lab, Daniela will extend her interest in (partially) automated research methods to the (data) journalistic context starting from September 2018. Prior to this project, Daniela was involved in a research project on "Everyday media practices on Dutch Twitter" (2015-2018) that was completed this summer. This project resulted in several publications and has been presented at various conferences.
Furthermore, Daniela has published on social media platform Facebook as a medium for public debate (2014) and Twitter as a medium for alternative research on television audience research (2015).