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Strategies for managing social media research data – A digital methods development workshop organised by Cambridge University Library and the Digital Humanities Network.

Date: 12th February 2016

Location: SG2 Meeting Room, Alison Richard Building, 7 West Road, Cambridge. CB3 9DT.

This workshop will focus on the challenges of managing social media data for research across the lifecycle of a research project and beyond. Participants will explore the following questions with our panel of experts:


  • How can I plan the collection of social media data for my research?
  • Is it possible to preserve and retain social media data?
  • Who owns social media data and how will this affect my research?
  • Are there ethical and legal challenges related to social media data preservation?
  • Is social media data preservation important to the integrity and replicability of my research?


The workshop is an excellent opportunity to discuss these and any other questions you might have about managing social media. Please send us any questions you would like our panellists to answer by filling in the form here and we will try to address them during the workshop.


The speakers on the day will be Dr Katrin Weller, GESIS Leibniz Institute for the Social Sciences in Cologne, Germany and Sara Day Thomson, Digital Preservation Coalition. For more information on the speakers, please visit the registration page here.


Read the full programme and register here.


The event is open to everyone, but spaces are limited (only 40 tickets available). 


Call for abstracts


Are you using social media data in your research? We are looking for short 10 minute talks about:


  • Challenges with the use of social media data in research
  • Tools and techniques for collecting and preserving social media data
  • Your thoughts about and experience of dealing with ethical challenges related to the use of social media data
  • Other subjects related to social media data preservation


If you would like to take part in the call please send us a short abstract of your talk by 25 January 2016 by email to


We would like to ask you to please pass this invitation to your colleagues or anyone who might be interested, even if you are unable to attend. You are welcome to contribute your own questions to any of these topics.

Event host: Cambridge University Library and the Digital Humanities Network


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