The Social Media & Society conference series has been bringing together social media researchers annually since 2010. This year’s meeting in London (UK) was the first time it was held outside of Canada. For CaSMa this offered an excellent opportunity to present the results of the work Andrew Moffat at the Horizon CDT did for our POET project. Follow these links for more information about Andrew’s project, poster he presented at SM&S 16 and the report he wrote about his work.
The first day of SM&S 16 was all about workshops discussing and teaching various tools for doing social media related research. Tools like SODATO, a SOcial Data Analytics TOol for Facebook and Twitter that is developed by the Center for Business Data Analytics at the Copenhagen Business School, Denmark.
The 2nd and 3rd day of the meeting consisted of talks and the poster session. Personal highlights on the 2nd day were:
Keynote by Susan Halford “exploring social media analytics as an emergent field of sociotechnical practice”. In which she presented a very nice analysis of the ways in which the technical proterties of social media platforms affect the social interactions and the data about that interactions that is used in social media analytics.
The point about the strange ways in which social interactions are change by the technology of social media platforms was beautifully highlighted by the Facebook in Real life video.
Talk by Phillip Brooker presenting a ‘visual analytic’ approach to capturing and exploring the qualitative and subjective facets of Twitter data as a methodological strategy for handling social media data. Further details about this work were published in a 2016 paper in Big Data & Society by Brooker, Barnet & Cribbin.
The talk on Examining individual and collective factors affecting the adoption of social media by inter-institutional research teams by Audrey Laplante, Stefanie Haustein and Christine Dufour of Université de Montréal, Canada, caught my attention because it was closely related to our work on the POET project on studying how scholars use social media at different stages of the research process. In contrast to our study that focuses on the possible for of social media for Impact or RRI related public engagement by scholars, the University of Montreal group is examining the possible role in supporting inter-institutional collaboration.