An Introduction to NodeXL for Social Scientists

An Introduction to NodeXL for Social Scientists

9 January 2017 (1-4pm)

Leslie Silver Building G28, Leeds Beckett University

Confirmed speakers: Wasim Ahmed

BSA members – £15
Non-members – £20

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This workshop will introduce participants to some of the most important concepts, terminology, and methods of analysis for social scientists who want to work with social media data.

Social media have become an increasingly central part of many peoples’ lives and now often play a prominent role in social, cultural and political discussion and debate. Twitter, Facebook, Instagram and other media are used for everyday interactions by many, some people also use them to build professional networks and to market themselves to potential clients or employers.

Social media are also often used by news services in order to gather opinion and information on stories which in some cases is replacing investigative journalism. Political parties now use social media to target voters with particular messages and to build their electoral strategies.

This session will focus on analyzing Twitter data with a hands on overview of one of the most widely used software packages, NodeXL. Participants will get the chance to work on conducting some basic analysis of Twitter data with help from an expert in social media analysis. The registration fee for the workshop includes one day access to NodeXL.

No prior knowledge of social media analysis or quantitative research skills is required. A Twitter account is desirable to access some of the tools, but this can be created during the workshop.

The workshop will be delivered by Wasim Ahmed, a PhD researcher in the Information School and a Research Associate at the Management School at The University of Sheffield and also a social media analysis consultant. He has written about social media analysis tools on the LSE Impact of social Sciences Blog and on his personal blog.

Venue: Leslie Silver Building G28, Leeds Beckett University, City Campus, Leeds, United Kingdom LS1 3HE

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