Call: DiGRA Students present Ludodemia database

[From the blog of DiGRA Students, the student members of the Digital Games Research Assocation (DiGRA); note that the database contains a category “Presence, Engagement, and Immersion” with six sub-categories]

DiGRA Students is proud to present our latest endeavor: Ludodemia.

What is Ludodemia?

Ludodemia is a database for game studies research organized by topic. This database was originally created by the Wellcome Trust as a resource for finding important articles related to particular categories within game studies. However, this resource was hidden in a corner of the Internet that was nearly impossible to find and the organization of the information within the database was difficult to navigate.

With the blessing of the Wellcome Trust, DiGRA Students took on the task of giving the Ludodemia data a face lift. Currently, the database holds the information of about 800 sources and through crowd sourcing we hope that one day it can become a comprehensive source for locating key research articles related to game studies. One of the new features of Ludodemia is the inclusion of altmetric data! This was included so users could instantly visualize a paper’s online attention. While it is not a direct measure of the quality of a particular article (altmetric data can only be generated for work with a doi or PubMed ID), it should help users to identity which papers that are the most popular and have been the most discussed within a particular topic.

When you have a chance, check it out!

This is awesome! But why isn’t X or Y included in the database?

The research that is currently stored in the database primarily derived from the information stored by the Wellcome trust. As such, you may find that some of key work (including your own work) is missing (this can include research articles / books / book chapters / conference proceedings). If you would like to make a request for something to be added to the database, please fill out this form with the related information. We will honor all requests that fit within the scope of Ludodemia and update the database regularly.

When using the request form you will notice that you must categorize your research into pre-existing category/sub-category options. The categories that are currently available were directly drawn from the existing Ludodemia hosted by the Wellcome trust. If you have suggestions as to how to improve these categories or requests for new categories please join the discussion on our forums.

Also, if you feel that a particular piece of research is strongly related to more than one category, you may add it multiple times under different categories / subcategories. However, we ask that this is done only when the piece of work clearly crosses category boundaries.

We hope that Ludodemia will become popular resource for scholars across disciplines, especially for those who are just entering the field of game studies (or are preparing their first lectures for a game studies course)! We also hope that you will share Ludodemia with your students and colleagues (…and don’t forget about the other wonderful resources that are already being hosted by DiGRA students: Games Research Journals, Games Research Positions, and Games Researchers on Twitter).

All of our current and continued efforts to expand the range of resources offered by DiGRA students is based on the sincere hope that we can help to improve the dissemination of information within and across our field as well as provide support to the newest scholars in the field. We would like to thank you for your continued support and I hope that together we can make Ludodemia a valuable resource housed under the DiGRA umbrella.

Your DiGRA Student reps – Rachel & Ashley

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