Data

Using Spatial Data from Social Media – London

Course description

In this one-day course we will consider how data from different social media platforms could be used for spatial analysis.

With social media now generating significant volumes of data it is a great resource for research in a wide range of different social science areas. We will primarily focus on Twitter data explore what spatial elements there are within the data and discuss how best to show and analyse these in a GIS. We will also cover a quick recap on spatial data.

Some experience of working with spatial data is needed for this course.

No experience of coding is needed for this course, but some experience would be beneficial.

Learning outcomes

  • Understand the range of spatial information available within social media.
  • Be aware of what the limitations are of using social media data in our research.
  • Know how to extract tweet data from Twitter and import it into a GIS.
  • Understand how to perform simple spatial analysis on Twitter data.

Agenda

  • 9:50am – 10:00am – Registration and refreshments
  • 10:00am – 10:20am – What is Spatial data?
  • 10:20am – 10:45am – What is Social Media data?
  • 10:45am – 11:30am – Practical 1 : Accessing Twitter data
  •  11:30am – 11:40am – How useful is Social Media data?
  • 11:40am – 12:30pm – Practical 2: Working with Twitter data in QGIS
  • 12:30pm – 1:30pm – Lunch
  • 1:30pm – 1:45pm – Recap and other social media data
  • 1:45pm – 3:00pm – Practical 3: Spatial Analysis of Twitter data
  • 3:00pm – 3:15pm – Tea/coffee
  • 3:15pm – 4:00pm/4:30pm – Practical 4: Extracting data with your own search terms

Please note this course can be taken as a one-day course, or taken in conjunction with another one-day course on 15th November 2018 Web mapping.

Computer software

Participants will need to bring their own laptops. You will need a web browser (Chrome or Firefox) and a working installation of QGIS. You will also find a mouse very useful for working with some of the spatial data.