As part of the Digital Humanities Incubator 2014-2015 workshop series, MITH will be hosting five teach-ins exploring the collection, preservation, and analysis of social media. The focus throughout the series will be a collection of tweets harvested by MITH’s Ed Summers using a command line program named twarc in August 2014 in the wake of the events in Ferguson, MO. These workshops are also part of the broader, university-wide effort to engage the #BlackLivesMatter movement at the University of Maryland.
In this 90 minute workshop we will introduce and lead a hands on demonstration of tools for collecting data from Twitter, such as the Ferguson collection mentioned above. We will briefly discuss the types of considerations that go into deciding what tools or services to use. The majority of the time will be spent creating your own collections of data using one of four tools: TAGS, If This Then That, Social Feed Manager and twarc.
This is a hands on workshop, so please bring a laptop and ideas about the Twitter data you would like to collect. Also, if you are interested in using twarc, please install it prior to attending the workshop (installation details will be provided).
Space is limited so please RSVP at http://ter.ps/88m to reserve a spot and receive any pre-workshop preparation instructions.