Teaching

GENERATING EVENT DATA FROM SOCIAL MEDIA

This course introduces the student to event data, collecting Twitter data, and processing it into event data. It is designed as a half-day class of 5 sessions. The first 50 minutes are a background lecture on event data: their history, common sources, and known problems. Students will then learn how to access Twitter, create a developer account, create an application for research approval, and how to get data. Next, students will learn to work with Twitter data, using data provided for the course. The fourth session works through three methods for identifying events. This session and the one before it will involve programming. The final sessiondiscusses other online sources of event data; hardware requirements; using images; and tips to avoid common pitfalls.

Data, code, and slides are available at Github.