For many researchers, social media data (both user- and system-generated) is a rich source of behavioral data that can reveal how we communicate and interact with each other online and what that might mean for our society as we continue to speed towards an increasingly computer-mediated future.
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?
- Facebook Shuts the Gate after the Horse Has Bolted, and Hurts Real Research in the ProcessApril 28, 2018A public response from leading members of the Internet research community. In reaction to the Cambridge Analytica controversy, Facebook has recently announced a substantial tightening of access restrictions to the Application Programming Interfaces […]
- Portage & Research Data Management in CanadaApril 20, 2018At an event hosted by Portage, stakeholders engage in a discussion to establish best practices and policies around research data management and stewardship across the country. Watch the panel online Panel: Murtaza Haider, Professor at the Ted Rogers […]
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- Impact Model for Ethics: Notes from a talk by Annette MarkhamNovember 18, 2017Impact 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: RecapOctober 17, 2017The 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 […]