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Collecting Social Media Data

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Collecting Social Media Data

Interested in studying social media for your class or scholarly research? In this workshop, you will understand how to acquire social media for your research, focusing on Twitter. The workshop will include an overview of social media APIs and data formats, before exploring Twitter’s API in depth. Presenter will also discuss how to find and re-use existing datasets and collect new datasets. There will be an opportunity to work hands-on with Social Feed Manager and TweetSets, open-source tools created at GW Libraries for social media data.

Attendees will learn what social media APIs are and what data Twitter provides via its public APIs; understand how tools such as Social Feed Manager can be used to collect social media as data and the limitations on collecting; and be able to identify key ethical, legal, and privacy considerations are for working with social media data.

Attendees wishing to do the hands-on portion of the workshop should either join from the GW network or log into the GW VPN before joining the workshop, if possible.

This workshop is part of the Using Programming and Code for Research workshop series for for anyone who wants to get started or learn more about use programming languages like Python, R, or other applications. These tools can help you to collect, manipulate, clean, analyze, and visualize research data or automate many repetitive tasks. If you need personalized assistance with a data analysis, programming, or coding project, consider booking a consultation with one of our librarian-experts. Learn more about our services for programming and coding and for working with data.

All sessions are free to GW students, faculty, staff, and alumni. GW has an institutional commitment to ensuring that all of our programs and events are accessible for all individuals. If you require any accommodations to participate in this event, please contact libraryevents@gwu.edu at least 72 business hours (3 business days) prior to the event.