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Collecting and Connecting On and
Offline Political Network Data
Libby Hemphill
Department of Humanities
Illinois Institute...
my work in general
Public
policy
Social
Media
Civic
action
today’s topic
Policy
discussions
Congress
on
Twitter
focus of inquiry
Whole
populations
Bounded groups
with known
members
connecting disparate data sources
offline
data
social
media
data
Better
insight
Does social media provide
an alternate route to
influence?
Nope.
data sources
My
data
Co-
sponsorship
Govtrack
Twitter
ICPSR IDs
Congress.gov
First, fast movers control the
discussion.
The same people wield
influence online and off.
who’s influential online?
Person
Normalized
Connectednes
s
Speaker John Boehner (R-OH) 1.00
Rep. Kevin McCarthy (R-CA) .99...
what’s my point?
 Social media data is most useful when we connect to
other data sources.
 Social media is not an altern...
a call to action
 Respect expertise beyond the technical
 Educate students to be adequate coders and
outstanding theoris...
Thank you
Libby Hemphill
Department of Humanities
Illinois Institute of Technology
libby.hemphill@iit.edu
http://libbyh.co...
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From DIMACS Workshop on Building Communities for Transforming Social Media Research Through New Approaches for Collecting, Analyzing, and Exploring Social Media Data http://dimacs.rutgers.edu/Workshops/SocialMedia/program.html

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Connecting and Collecting On and Offline Political Network Data

  1. 1. Collecting and Connecting On and Offline Political Network Data Libby Hemphill Department of Humanities Illinois Institute of Technology libby.hemphill@iit.edu
  2. 2. my work in general Public policy Social Media Civic action
  3. 3. today’s topic Policy discussions Congress on Twitter
  4. 4. focus of inquiry Whole populations Bounded groups with known members
  5. 5. connecting disparate data sources offline data social media data Better insight
  6. 6. Does social media provide an alternate route to influence?
  7. 7. Nope.
  8. 8. data sources My data Co- sponsorship Govtrack Twitter ICPSR IDs Congress.gov
  9. 9. First, fast movers control the discussion.
  10. 10. The same people wield influence online and off.
  11. 11. who’s influential online? Person Normalized Connectednes s Speaker John Boehner (R-OH) 1.00 Rep. Kevin McCarthy (R-CA) .99 Rep. Darrell Issa (R-CA) .94 Rep. Paul Ryan (R-WI) .91 Rep. Steny Hoyer (D-MD) .91 Rep. Tim Griffin (R-AR) .91 Rep. David Cicilline (D-RI) .88 Rep. Bob Latta (R-OH) .88
  12. 12. what’s my point?  Social media data is most useful when we connect to other data sources.  Social media is not an alternate route to influence for politicians.  Male-ness and Republican-ness are still the most reliable routes to power.
  13. 13. a call to action  Respect expertise beyond the technical  Educate students to be adequate coders and outstanding theorists
  14. 14. Thank you Libby Hemphill Department of Humanities Illinois Institute of Technology libby.hemphill@iit.edu http://libbyh.com  Who said it first – Congress or the press?  How do constituents lobby Congress via Twitter?  How can we measure the impact of online protests like #stopthensa?
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