Archiving Small Twitter Datasets for Text Analysis: A Workshop Tutorial for Beginners

2018-06-26T20:36:29Z (GMT) by Ernesto Priego
Detailed tutorial for the Archiving Small Twitter Datasets for Text Analysis: Workshop for Beginners led by Dr Ernesto Priego on Tuesday 26 June 2018 at DH2018, Mexico City.

Fair warning: the steps here may have changed, may change or may have to be adapted on the go

Twitter data can be very valuable for researchers of perhaps all disciplines, not just DH. Given the difficulties to properly collect and analyse Twitter data as viewable from most Twitter Web and mobile clients and the very limited short-span of search results, there is the danger of losing huge amounts of valuable historical material.

In this workshop for non-coders, participants will be guided through two tasks: the first task will guide participants in creating an application to tap into Twitter’s API, in our case to get Twitter data. The second task will guide participants in the use of a Google spreadsheet to capture streaming (live) data from Twitter in order to archive it, download it and perform text analysis, data visualisations and other studies.