A Collection of Comics Scholarship Conference Twitter Archives
Published on 2016-04-18T15:26:50Z (GMT) by Ernesto Priego
A collection of Twitter datasets archiving comics scholarship conference hashtag activity on Twitter.<br><br><br><b>Rationale</b><br><br>Tweets published publicly by scholars during academic conferences are often tagged (labeled) with a hashtag dedicated to the conference in question. <br><br>The purpose and function of hashtags is to organise and describe information/outputs under the relevant label in order to enhance the discoverability of the labeled information/outputs (tweets in this case). A hashtag is metadata users choose freely to use so their content is associated, directly linked to and categorised with the chosen hashtag. Though every reason for Tweeters' use of hashtags cannot be generalised nor predicted, it can be argued that scholarly Twitter users form specialised, self-selecting networks that tend to observe, more often than not, scholarly modes of behaviour. Generally it can be argued that scholarlyTwitter users tag their public tweets with a conference hashtag as a means to report from, comment on and generally contribute publicly to the scholarly conversation around conferences. <br><br>Professional associations like the Modern Language Association recognise tweets as citeable scholarly outputs. Archiving scholarly tweets is a means to preserve this form of rapid online scholarship that otherwise can very likely become unretrievable as time passes; Twitter's search API has well-known temporal limitations for retrospective historical search and collection. <br><br>Beyond individual tweets as scholarly outputs, the collective scholarly activity on Twitter around a conference or academic project or event can provide interesting insights for the contemporary history of scholarly communications. To date, collecting in real time is the only relatively accurate method to archive tweets at a small scale. Though these datasets have limitations and are not thoroughly systematic, it is hoped they can contribute to developing new insights into the discipline's presence on Twitter over time.<br><br>Content shared for archival and educational purposes.<br><br>For methodology, limitations and other important information please read the description of each dataset. <br><br> <br>
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Priego, Ernesto (2016): A Collection of Comics Scholarship Conference Twitter Archives. City, University of London. Collection.