Incubator Project: The Social Media Macroscope

In the summer of 2017, Joseph Yun, Leader of Social Media Analytics at the University of Illinois at Urbana- Champaign, partnered with Linda Hayden, the Science Gateways Community Institute (SGCI) Internship Head, to offer an undergraduate internship opportunity for the building of the proof-of-concept Social Media Macroscope (SMM). Hagen Hodgkins, an undergraduate Computer Science student from Elizabeth City State University, worked to stand-up a HUBzero science gateway on Amazon Web Services. Hagen successfully instantiated the foundation gateway piece through which the Social Media Lab team at Illinois built the SMM upon. All of this was part of the larger SGCI Incubator’s efforts to partner with the SMM project.