About Us...

Twitter social network

(Social network graph of @mention
relationships in a Twitter corpus)

Welcome to the website of the Analysing Social Media Collaboration. We are a multidisciplinary group of researchers interested in analysing data from social media such as Twitter with the aim to understand the role they play in social phenomena. While there are high profile cases where social media have played a very visible role, e.g., during the Summer riots in England in 2011, they also play a more mundane role in the lives of many who collectively organise, share information, campaign, comment, ...

We draw on the expertise of a wide range of disciplines within the social sciences that we combine with expertise in computer science. This combination allows us to exploit the rich data sources and data manipulation methods available today while drawing on the rich understanding of social phenomena provided by the social sciences. We believe that the excitement about new analytical methods enabled by pervasive computerisation needs to be married with the conceptual, theoretical and methodological achievements of different social science disciplines.

If you would like to know more or are interested in getting involved, contact Rob Procter (rob.procter@warwick.ac.uk).

Recent News

  • Analyzing Social Media for the Benefit of Society (Society 2.0) Members of the collaboration are organising a workshop at the 3rd annual international conference on social computing and its applications.We will be issuing a call for submissions shortly.
    Posted 11 Mar 2013, 13:47 by Rob Procter
  • Latest funding news Members of the collaboration have been awarded funding by the Arts and Humanities Research Council. The Humanitarianism 2.0 (H20) project brings together a multi-disciplinary group to explore a range of humanitarian and new media initiatives. It starts with a core collaborative group of HE and non-HE partners, but aims to build a network of practitioners, scholars and social media users interested in this area.
    Posted 11 Mar 2013, 13:48 by Rob Procter
  • Latest funding news Members of the collaboration have been awarded funding under the National Centre for Research Methods programme. The Social Media and Prediction: Crime Sensing, Data Integration and Statistical Modelling project will further develop the repurposing of user generated social media data for social research by developing innovative methodological and computational tools for establishing the link between online and offline behaviour. This will entail building statistical models based on social media data that predict offline social phenomena.
    Posted 11 Mar 2013, 13:49 by Rob Procter
  • Latest funding news We have been awarded funding by the ESRC for a joint project with COSMOS: 'Hate' Speech and Social Media: Understanding Users, Networks and Information Flows. More details to follow.
    Posted 11 Mar 2013, 13:38 by Rob Procter
  • Award success We are very pleased to announce that our work with the Guardian was the winner in the Data Visualization and Storytelling - National/International category of the inaugural Data Journalism Awards at the Global Editors Network News World Summit. See also the Guardian's coverage of all the winning entries.
    Posted 2 Jun 2012, 23:45 by Alexander Voss
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