Social Media Data for Social Research

An important project undertaken by Susan Halford, Farida Vis and David De Roure that will shape ESRC support for social media research. Take the survey here.

Social media are a valuable source of information for researchers across the social sciences, offering diverse data at scale, in real time and over time. These data also pose some challenges for social researchers, specifically related to data access, data analysis and data sharing. The aim of this survey is to learn more about how the UK Social Science research community experiences and responds to the challenges of working with social media data. The survey will be followed up with a small number of in-depth interviews. Together, the survey and interviews will provide a firm evidence base to inform the development of ESRC strategy for supporting social media research in the future.