Scraping/Garnering Data and Analyses of Social Media

Event Date: 

Friday, May 31, 2019 - 9:00am to Saturday, June 1, 2019 - 5:00pm

Event Location: 

  • UCSB Library 525 UCEN Rd Santa Barbara
  • CA 93106

The Center for Information Technology and Society, with UCSB Library’s Interdisciplinary Research Collaboratory, are offering workshops to CITS students and faculty to broaden their technical knowledge.

The CITS/IT&S workshops will focus on Big Data, Social Network Analysis, and Scraping/Gathering Data for Social Media Analyses. Workshops are taught by Dr. Ziad Matni and Devin Cornell.

No previous experience with specific software tools is required. However, for those who are unfamiliar with Python (for Gathering Data from Social Media), the library Collaboratory is offering CITS priority reservations at its 2-day Software Carpentry Workshops.

Scraping/Garnering Data and Analyses of Social Media (Created and taught by Dr. Ziad Matni) May 31-June 1


This is 2-day workshop uses the Python programming language, a versatile and very popular data analysis technology. Little or no prior experience with programming is assumed. The workshop will aim at teaching basic use of the Python language features to obtain data from social media, what initial steps can be taken to curate it for analytical use, and how to analyze them in a variety of ways of interest to the social sciences and humanities (e.g., statistical analysis, content analysis, natural language processing, machine learning). Participants who have not been exposed to Python are encouraged to complete the Data Carpentry Workshop Using Python (see above) prior to this workshop.