Social Media Data + Data Stewardship = Social Media Data Stewardship

Social Media Data Stewardship (SMDS) is a set of data- and user-driven principles to guide all aspects of managing social media data including its collection, storage, analysis, publication, reuse, sharing and preservation.


What are the API rate limits for data collection set by social media platforms?


Can and for how long social media data be stored outside social media platforms?


Are there any types of analysis or data transformation processes that are not permitted by the social media platforms?


Can researchers publish data they used for the analysis? For example, as part of a journal publication?


Can researchers share data they have collected with other researchers?


Should the records collected previously be deleted if they are also deleted by their creator?

Recent Posts

  • Impact Model for Ethics: Notes from a talk by Annette Markham
    Impact Model for Ethics: Notes from a talk by Annette Markham *Reposted blog from Annette Markham’s website This blog contains notes from a talk I gave on June 27, 2017, at Ryerson University as part of a pre-conference workshop on Data […]
  • 2017 Social Media Data Stewardship Specialist Meeting: Recap
    The 2017 Specialist Meeting on Social Media Data Stewardship brought together 30 experts in social media research to discuss methods, ethics, and policies specifically related to managing social media data by industry, researchers and data […]
  • How much is your personal data really worth?
    Check out a recent story on social media data and its estimated worth published by Vice, featuring comments from Dr. Gruzd: “It’s very difficult to calculate an exact dollar number,” says Anatoliy Gruzd, Canada Research Chair in Social Media Data […]
  • [New Paper] You’re Hired: Examining Acceptance Of Social Media Screening Of Job Applicants
    Gruzd, A., Jacobson, J., & Dubois, E. (2017). You’re Hired: Examining Acceptance of Social Media Screening of Job Applicants. In Proceedings of the 23rd Americas Conference on Information Systems, August 10-12, 2017, Boston, MA, USA. […]
  • The Ethics of Social Media Data Use for Research
    On June 23, 2017, four members of our team (Anatoliy Gruzd, Jenna Jacobson, Priya Kumar, Philip Mai) organized a panel on “The Ethics of Social Media Data Use for Research” at the Data Power Conference at Carleton University in Ottawa.  […]
  • Sampling and Recruiting on Facebook
    “Sampling and Recruiting on Facebook” – A talk by members of our team, Dr. Anatoliy Gruzd & Jenna Jacobson at the Annual Conference of the Canadian Communication Association in Toronto, Canada (May 30, 2017).     […]
  • 2017 Specialist Meeting on Social Media Data Stewardship
    Date: July 27, 2017 9:00-4:30 p.m. Location: Ryerson University Student Learning Centre (SLC), Room 508 – 341 Yonge St, Toronto, ON M5B 1S1 IMPORTANT: SLC is redesigning the main entrance doors! There is construction on the main doors of the […]
  • We are Hiring a Postdoctoral Researcher in Social Media Data Privacy & Ethics
    The Ryerson University Social Media Lab at the Ted Rogers School of Management in Toronto, Canada is seeking a highly motivated and creative postdoctoral candidate to help conduct research in Social Media Data Privacy & Ethics. The broad aim of […]
  • Challenges and Opportunities of Doing Research With Social Media Data
    Our team (Anatoliy Gruzd, Jenna Jacobson, and Elizabeth Dubois) recently hosted a workshop on Doing Research with Social Media Data at the 2016 iConference in Philadelphia. The primary purpose of the workshop was to bring together overlapping […]
  • 2016 iConference on Hacking the Access, Storage and Preservation of Social Media Data
    We are pleased to announce that our team is hosting a Session for Interaction & Engagement at the iConference 2016 in Philadelphia on “Hacking the Access, Storage and Preservation of Social Media Data”. If you are also attending the conference, […]