Digital Research in the Arts and Humanities: Mining Social Media - open to all faculties
Duration 0.5 days
Team Researcher Academy

This face to face course is run by the Researcher Academy 

The Researcher Academy courses are very popular and the majority are run in both semesters to give you the opportunity to attend at a time of the year that suits you. Semester 1 courses will be available for booking from the second week of October and Semester 2 courses from the second week of February.

Target Audience: ALL research students and research staff across all faculties.


This lecture and practical workshop contributes to the Digital Research in the Arts and Humanities series.

Students will learn the basics of how to gather public data from individuals and groups on social media sites (mainly Twitter, but including a discussion of Facebook, Flickr, Youtube, and other sites). 

An external speaker will provide practical examples of how to use a specific social media data mining software package, will show how data is able to be visualised using social science methods and will present ways to analyse this data. There will also be discussions about the ethics of doing this kind of research.

No technical skill required; all those with an interest are encouraged to attend!

Relevant courses:

Introduction to Digital Research in Arts and Humanities

Digital Research in the Arts and Humanities: Databases

Digital Research in the Arts and Humanities: Text Mining

Digital Research in the Arts and Humanities: Working with Place

Digital Research in the Arts and Humanities: Working in 3 Dimensions

Digital Research in the Arts and Humanities : Network Analysis

Booking Conditions 


Privacy Statement 

The Researcher Academy is committed to protecting the privacy of researchers who register for our training courses and events. Your completion of the booking process shall constitute your consent to the collection, use and disclosure of your personal data to University staff and external partners responsible for the delivery of the course or event for which you have registered.  Personal information shared includes; name, role/position, mode of study, School/Department, dietary and accessibility requirements. 

Latecomer policy 

Researchers should plan to arrive prior to the advertised course start time. Except for exceptional reasons, there will be no admittance to a researcher academy or Faculty Training Programme (FTP) course 15 minutes after the advertised course start time. 

Importance of booking commitment 

When booking on to a Researcher Academy short course you are entering into a commitment to attend. If you find that you are no longer available to attend you MUST cancel your place (on the system if more than three days before the course) or if at short notice by emailing will ensure that your place can be offered to another researcher on the waiting list. Failure to cancel a place results in other researchers missing out on places through the waiting list process. 

It is unacceptable for researchers to just not attend when booked onto a course. The Researcher Academy maintains records of those who repeatedly do not attend courses they have booked. This may affect future eligibility to book onto further Researcher Academy courses and will affect considerations for Researcher Academy funded opportunities. 

Pre-Requisites Attendees are encouraged to bring a laptop/tablet to this session.
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