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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. …

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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  • 1.
  • 2. Who we are
  • 3. What we are trying to do:Open Tools, Open Data, Open Scholarship
    Build the “Firefox of GraphML” – open tools for collecting and visualizing social media data
    Connect users to network analysis – make network charts as easy as making a pie chart
    Connect researchers to social media data sources
    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
    Create open access research papers & findings
    Make “collections of connections” easy for users to manage
  • 4. What we have done: Open Tools
    NodeXL
    Data providers (“spigots”)
    ThreadMill Message Board
    Exchange Enterprise Email
    Voson Hyperlink
    SharePoint
    Facebook
    Twitter
    YouTube
    Flickr
  • 5. What we have done: Open Data
    NodeXLGraphGallery.org
    User generated collection of network graphs, datasets and annotations
    Collective repository for the research community
    Published collections of data from a range of social media data sources to help students and researchers connect with data of interest and relevance
  • 6. What we have done: Open Scholarship
    Webshop 2011: NSF, Google, Intel
    4 Days, 45 Students, 20 Speakers
    Great tweets!
    Webshop 2012!
    Expand numbers of students and add a day
    Support speakers and student workers
    Workshops: Purdue, Maryland, Cape Town, Yeungnam
  • 7. What we have done: Open Scholarship
  • 8. What we want to do: (Build the tools to) map the social web
    Move NodeXL to the web:
    Node for Google Doc Spreadsheets!
    WebGL Canvas
    Connect to more data sources of interest:
    RDF, MediaWikis, Gmail, NYT, Citation Networks
    Solve hard network manipulation UI problems:
    Modal transform, Time series, Automated layouts
    Grow and maintain archives of social media network data sets for research use.
    Improve network science education:
    Workshops on social media network analysis
    Live lectures and presentations
    Videos and training materials
  • 9. 2012 Schedule: Planned Workshops
    January 2012 - Syracuse University
    March 2012 – Sunbelt
    June 2012 - ICWSM
    July 2012 – Lipari School on Complexity
    August 2012 – Webshop 2012
  • 10. Work Items
    Autofill Group Attribute
    Merge Edges by Attribute
    Modal Transform
    Merge Workbooks
    Automated Dynamic Filters: Time Series Analysis, contrast
    Captions and Legends
    Upload to Graph Gallery++: captions, workbook
    Graph Gallery++ User Accounts, Reporting, RSS Feeds, Network Visualization Web Canvas
    Import: RDF, Wiki, SharePoint, Keyword networks from text
    Metrics: Triad Census
    Layouts: Force Atlas 2, Lin Log, “Bakshy Plots”, Quality Measures
    Query-by-example search for network structures
  • 11. How you can help
    Sponsor a feature
    Sponsor Webshop 2012
    Sponsor a student
    Schedule training
    Sponsor the foundation
    Donate your money, code, computation, storage, bandwidth, data or employee’s time
    Help promote the work of the Social Media Research Foundation
  • 12. Thank you!
    The Social Media Research Foundation
    http://www.smrfoundation.org