20110830 Introducing the Social Media Research Foundation


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Description of the activities and goals of the Social Media Research Foundation. The foundation is dedicated to Open Tools, Open Data, and Open Scholarship. See: http://www.smrfoundation.org.

One project from the Social Media Research Foundation is NodeXL, the network overview, discovery and exploration add-in for Excel 2007/2010. See: http://www.smrfoundation.org

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20110830 Introducing the Social Media Research Foundation

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  2. 2. Who we are<br />
  3. 3. What we are trying to do:Open Tools, Open Data, Open Scholarship<br />Build the “Firefox of GraphML” – open tools for collecting and visualizing social media data<br />Connect users to network analysis – make network charts as easy as making a pie chart<br />Connect researchers to social media data sources<br />Archive: Be the “Allen Very Large Telescope Array” for Social Media data – coordinate and aggregate the results of many user’s data collection and analysis<br />Create open access research papers & findings<br />Make “collections of connections” easy for users to manage <br />
  4. 4. What we have done: Open Tools<br />NodeXL<br />Data providers (“spigots”)<br />ThreadMill Message Board<br />Exchange Enterprise Email<br />Voson Hyperlink<br />SharePoint<br />Facebook<br />Twitter<br />YouTube<br />Flickr<br />
  5. 5. What we have done: Open Data<br />NodeXLGraphGallery.org<br />User generated collection of network graphs, datasets and annotations<br />Collective repository for the research community<br />Published collections of data from a range of social media data sources to help students and researchers connect with data of interest and relevance<br />
  6. 6. What we have done: Open Scholarship<br />Webshop 2011: NSF, Google, Intel<br />4 Days, 45 Students, 20 Speakers<br />Great tweets!<br />Webshop 2012!<br />Expand numbers of students and add a day<br />Support speakers and student workers<br />Workshops: Purdue, Maryland, Cape Town, Yeungnam<br />
  7. 7. What we have done: Open Scholarship<br />
  8. 8. What we want to do: (Build the tools to) map the social web<br />Move NodeXL to the web:<br />Node for Google Doc Spreadsheets!<br />WebGL Canvas<br />Connect to more data sources of interest:<br />RDF, MediaWikis, Gmail, NYT, Citation Networks<br />Solve hard network manipulation UI problems:<br />Modal transform, Time series, Automated layouts<br />Grow and maintain archives of social media network data sets for research use.<br />Improve network science education:<br />Workshops on social media network analysis<br />Live lectures and presentations<br />Videos and training materials<br />
  9. 9. 2012 Schedule: Planned Workshops <br />January 2012 - Syracuse University<br />March 2012 – Sunbelt<br />June 2012 - ICWSM<br />July 2012 – Lipari School on Complexity<br />August 2012 – Webshop 2012<br />
  10. 10. Work Items<br />Autofill Group Attribute<br />Merge Edges by Attribute<br />Modal Transform<br />Merge Workbooks<br />Automated Dynamic Filters: Time Series Analysis, contrast<br />Captions and Legends<br />Upload to Graph Gallery++: captions, workbook<br />Graph Gallery++ User Accounts, Reporting, RSS Feeds, Network Visualization Web Canvas<br />Import: RDF, Wiki, SharePoint, Keyword networks from text<br />Metrics: Triad Census<br />Layouts: Force Atlas 2, Lin Log, “Bakshy Plots”, Quality Measures<br />Query-by-example search for network structures<br />
  11. 11. How you can help<br />Sponsor a feature<br />Sponsor Webshop 2012<br />Sponsor a student<br />Schedule training<br />Sponsor the foundation<br />Donate your money, code, computation, storage, bandwidth, data or employee’s time<br />Help promote the work of the Social Media Research Foundation<br />
  12. 12. Thank you!<br />The Social Media Research Foundation <br />http://www.smrfoundation.org<br />