The Mapping Global Media Policy database allows users to both access and create data. First, it serves as a tool to gather and categorize information on actors, processes, outcomes and resources of global media policy. Secondly, it provides a knowledge resource to researchers, policy-makers and activists, with the goal to help them identify key policy documents, scientific resources, policy institutions and fellow activists, and thus to inform scientific research as well as policy interventions.
On the basis of the project’s understanding of global media policy, the database is structured according to four classification categories:
People are individuals who are directly involved in or have an active interest in thematic areas and topics that are relevant to global media policy, such as researchers, advocates, or policy makers.
Organizational Actors are institutions, associations, corporations or networks that can be governmental, non-governmental or multi-stakeholder and that represent different interests.
Policy Documents are inputs or outcomes of formal institutional processes at different levels (local, national, regional, international), such as briefs, reports, policy statements, legislative and regulatory texts, conventions etc.
Resources are complementary sources of knowledge, including academic publications, policy-related documents that have been elaborated outside of formal processes, research projects, repositories, web-portals, course and training materials, and conference proceedings.
Entries in these categories are classified according to a detailed set of criteria which include, amongst many others, thematic areas (including all fields of media and communication policy), levels of policy-making and policy debate (from local to global), relation to particular policy processes and debates, detailed typologies of each category, geographic location, etc. The multitude of criteria and dimensions in each category allows the development of deep and detailed profiles, while cross-cutting dimensions and multiple member- and authorships relate the different categories to each other. The database thus moves beyond the mere gathering and listing of data to uncover webs of relations and interactions, trace the origins of decisions and the influence of various forces, and show the consequences of strategies and actions.
Access to the content on this site is free and open. Through the menu on the right side of the front page, you can search all content (through either a simple keyword search or a detailed advanced search), look for content in specific categories (if you are looking, for example, for specific organisations, or laws, etc.), or explore the 'Sections' (specific thematic domains in which content is currently created).
Content creation happens in a decentralised and bottom-up way. There is no central content generator. All entries for the database are created by research groups and individuals that wish to contribute to this resource. The groups and individuals are located in different places around the globe. To create content and add data to the database, you need a user account. If you would like a user account, just contact us.
Content creation focuses, initially, on clearly and narrowly defined topics and policy processes - so-called 'Sections' - which are linked from the right column of this website and which are expanded consecutively. Sections typically focus on distinct and sufficiently limited issues and policy debates, such as digital broadcasting in a particular country, privacy in social media, or a particular UN process. They may also be built around one particular profile (such as an international institution, with its network relations and its policy output), a set of policy documents (e.g., international declarations on community media), or a certain type of resources ( e.g., summer schools on media policy). If you are interested in creating your own 'Section', please get in touch.
Taxonomy, Folksonomy and Semantic Web: The database is based on a taxonomy for the policy-related classification of people, organizations, policy documents and resources. It includes a typology for each category, policy levels, policy themes, etc. In addition, it permits user-added terms (folksonomy) that can be promoted into the main taxonomy. This concerns, in particular, the dimension 'Specific Themes' which is an open-ended list that is continuously expanded through user input.
Focusing on relations between different objects and profiles, and generating meaning from these relations through visual maps and other analytical tools, the project relates to current discussions around what is called the 'semantic web' (or 'Web 3.0') and will consider technological tools and developments in this area.
Glossary: You can find a glossary of all relevant terms that are used in the database here.