A Collection of #DH2016 Daily Archives (Conference Days)

Posted on 16.07.2016 - 10:01 authored by Ernesto Priego
A collection of daily archives from the #DH2016 conference days.

The Digital Humanities 2016 conference took place in Kraków, Poland, between Sunday 11 July and Saturday 16 July 2016. (Sunday 11: ADHO Steering Committee meeting day; Saturday 16: excursion day).  #DH2016 was the conference official hashtag.

Please refer to each dataset's description for more information on methodology and other important information.


Tweets published publicly by scholars during academic conferences are often tagged (labeled) with a hashtag dedicated to the conference in question.

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.

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.

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.  

No private personal information nor information is contained in these datasets.

Please refer to each dataset's description for more information on methodology and other important information.

Shared for educational and archival use.

In many cases the CC-BY license has been applied to these outputs in this collection as they are curated datasets. Authorial/curatorial/collection work has been performed on the file in order to make it available as part of the scholarly record.

The data contained in the deposited files is otherwise freely available elsewhere through different methods and anyone not wishing to attribute the data to the authors of the datasets who have collected the data and created and deposited the outputs containing the curated data is needless to say free to do their own collection, create their own dataset and clean their own data.

Copyright of individual Tweets and any linked outputs belongs to their original authors or copyright owners.


Priego, Ernesto (2016): A Collection of #DH2016 Daily Archives (Conference Days). City, University of London. Collection. https://doi.org/10.6084/m9.figshare.c.3285467.v2
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