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Capturing and Analyzing Social Media Data using Twitter

Bring your laptop and smart phone to this hands on full day workshop, designed to introduce participants to social media data and the basic methods for collecting, filtering, and analyzing social media data using Twitter, a leading social media platform as an example. Participants will learn different ways to collect Twitter data and what data is included in each social media post or tweet including how to extract geospatial information from tweets. In this hands-on workshop, participants will use simple programs and existing tools to collect and filter their own Twitter data (you can set up a Twitter account on your phone in advance, or during the workshop). Participants will learn how to use basic textual and spatial methods and strategies to import these data into your favorite software for further analysis. 

We will also discuss issues surrounding the use of social media data including privacy and dealing with noisy data. 

  Instructor: Dr. Eric Shook






Eric Shook is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Geography, Environment, and Society at the University of Minnesota. His research combines geographic information science and computational science to study spatiotemporal phenomena using novel computational approaches. He teaches courses in Geocomputing, CyberGIS, and Web and Mobile GIS and is engaged in collaborative projects that use social media data to better understand risk perception and human behavior in response to risk events including deadly diseases and natural disasters.

Date: Friday, October 5, 2018

Time: 9:00am - 4:00pm - Lunch will be provided

Location: Coor Building - Conference Room 5536

Workshop Fee: $50.00 (includes lunch)

Register HERE