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Please consider signing up for the following workshop at the upcoming 2016 Sunbelt conference, Newport Beach, California (http://insna.org/sunbelt2016/).

Workshop registrations close 7th March.

Collecting and Analyzing Social Media Data Using SocialMediaLab
Session Time: Tuesday April 5 th , 8:00am – 11:00am
Workshop Length: 1 session (3 hours)
Attendance Limit: 30
Instructors:  Robert Ackland (Australian National University), [log in to unmask] 
Timothy Graham (University of Queensland), [log in to unmask]

VOSON SocialMediaLab is an R package that provides a suite of tools for collecting and constructing networks from social media data. It provides easy-to-use functions for collecting data across popular platforms (Instagram, Facebook, Twitter, and YouTube) and generating different types of networks for analysis.  SocialMediaLab also collects the associated text data from social media platforms (e.g. Tweets, Facebook fan page posts and comments, YouTube video comments).

In this workshop, participants will learn how to collect various types of social media data using SocialMediaLab and generate different types of ‘ready-made’ networks for analysis. Participants will also learn basic network and text analysis using R packages such as igraph and tm.

Examples of the networks that can be constructed using SocialMediaLab:
- Instagram: Bimodal network (Instagram users and Instagram posts), with edges representing user i ’commenting’ or ’liking’ post j.

- Facebook: Bimodal dynamic network (Facebook users and Facebook posts), with edges representing the time(s) when user i commented on post j.
- Twitter: Unimodal network of Twitter users who have tweeted using particular hashtag, with edges representing user i mentioned or replied to user j in a tweet. Unimodal network of Twitter terms (words and hashtags) where edges represent terms i and j co-occurred in at least one tweet.
YouTube: Unimodal network of YouTube users who have interacted with one another in the comment section for a video (i.e. user i has replied to user j or mentioned user j in a comment).

Assumed knowledge: A basic familiarity of R (or other programming languages) and basic concepts from network and text analysis.

More info: http://voson.anu.edu.au/SocialMediaLab


Dr Robert Ackland
Associate Professor, School of Sociology and ANU Centre for Social Research and Methods
Leader, Virtual Observatory for the Study of Online Networks (VOSON) Lab
Australian National University

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