GCDH Open Workshop: Twitter as a Tool and Object of Research

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This open workshop on Twitter as a tool for and an object of research draws on the rising relevance of Twitter for observing public opinion.

Wed 03.06.2015, 14.00–18.00 at GCDH (Heyne-Haus, Papendiek 16, Göttingen), Seminarraum 2

This open workshop on Twitter as a tool for and an object of research draws on the rising relevance of Twitter for observing public opinion. While Germany has been a slow adapter, the studies presented will show how we can use Twitter to study our changing communication environment as well as societal trends of relevance. Our four talks shed differing lights on Twitter as a tool for research and an object of research by focusing on entirely different questions:

Peta Mitchell / Felix Münch:
Social Media, Social Contagion

Peta Mitchell is Vice Chancellor’s Research Fellow in the Creative Industries Faculty at Queensland University of Technology. Her fellowship project is focused on geocultural research and the new spatial turn, and her research has broadly focused on the geohumanities, including media geography, literary geography, and neogeography. Felix Victor Muench is a PhD Student in Media and Communication at QUT, Brisbane, Australia. With a B.Sc. in Physics (LMU, Munich, Germany), a M.A. in Journalism (LMU and German Journalist School, Munich, Germany) and work experience in online media brand communication as an online media concepter and strategist, his main fields of interest are network science methodologies and social media. They will talk about a new wave of social contagion research focused on mathematically modeling and visualising the spread of “contagious behaviour” on social media platforms such as Twitter and Facebook and relate these to their hidden heritage in Tardean contagion theory.

Axel Bruns:

Twitter in Germany – A Big Data Perspective

Dr Axel Bruns is a Professor in the Digital Media Research Centre at Queensland University of Technology in Brisbane, Australia, and was a Chief Investigator in the ARC Centre of Excellence for Creative Industries and Innovation (CCi). He will present data and results from an analysis of the structure and development oft he german Twittersphere. Especially focusing on the adoption of Twitter in Germany.

Robert Jäschke:
Reciprocity on Twitter – Following behavior of Professors and PhD Students

Robert Jäschke is a Professor for Knowledge-Based Systems at the Leibniz University Hannover. His research is focused on the development and integration of algorithms for community detection, ranking, and recommendations into collaborative tagging systems. Further topics of interest include citation and link analysis, entity matching and resolution, and social network analysis. He will talk about a research project focusing on the role of reciprocity for the following behaviour between PhD students and Professors.

Marco Schmitt:
New Networks of Scientific Communication?

Marco Schmitt is a Post-Doc at the Göttingen Centre for Digital Humanities. His research ist focused on the changes in scholarly communication and network research. He will talk about different scientific communication styles and how they relate to the possible observation of scientific communities on Twitter.