Date: July 27, 2017 9:00-5:30 p.m.

Location: Ryerson University Student Learning Centre (SLC) – 341 Yonge St, Toronto, ON M5B 1S1

Following the first successful event on social media data stewardship at the 2016 iConference in Philadelphia, we are delighted to announce the second annual Specialist Meeting on Social Media Data Stewardship at Ryerson University in Toronto on July 27, 2017.

The goal of the event is to bring together experts in social media research and data librarians to discuss methods, ethics and policies specifically related to managing social media data by researchers and data librarians.

This year’s meeting focuses on the following areas:

  1. Ethical use of social media data
  2. Preservation of social media data 
  3. Social bot detection

If you are conducting research in one of the above mentioned areas and would like to participate, please complete the application form by June 15, 2017. There is no registration fee, but space is limited. Accepted applicants will be notified by June 26, 2017.


Tentative Schedule

9:00-9:15 Registration & Coffee
9:15-9:45 Welcome & Overview of Social Media Data Stewardship

  Anatoliy Gruzd, Social Media Lab, Ryerson University

9:45-10:30 Introductions (“1-Min Madness”)

Participants will introduce their area of research and what they believe is the most pressing issue with regards to social media data stewardship

10:30-10:45 Break
10:45-12:15 Presentations by Lead Discussants

Topic 1: Ethics of academic use of social media data (Annette Markham, Loyola University)

Topic 2: Industry social data code of ethics (Stuart Shulman, Texifter)

Topic 3: Preservation of social media data (Nick Ruest, York University)

Topic 4: Social bot detection for data integrity and validity (Dhiraj Murthy, The University of Texas at Austin)

12:15-1:30 Lunch & Breakout Sessions

Over lunch, participants will join their pre-assigned discussion groups in one of the three topics. Each group will discuss and complete the Information Cards that will address the What, When, Why, and How of their discussion topic.

1:30-3:00 Breakout Sessions Continue

Each group will summarize their discussion and prepare a short presentation to share with the entire group.

3:00-3:15 Break
3:15-4:45 Group Presentations
4:45-5:30 Reflection & Next Steps

The Information Cards prepared will be shared on the website as a reference tool for social media researchers. Each Information Card will feature a list of contributors.


Organizing Committee:

  • Anatoliy Gruzd, Ryerson University
  • Jenna Jacobson, University of Toronto
  • Philip Mai, Ryerson University
  • Naomi Eichenlaub, Ryerson University
  • Dhiraj Murthy, University of Texas at Austin
  • Elizabeth Dubois, University of Ottawa


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