Highlights & Papers: International Conference on Social Media and Society

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In this series of posts we are sharing resources and ideas presented at summer festivals. Can’t fly around the world to attend? No worries–  MethodSpace readers can learn from the presentations and related resources made available online.

Today we will pay a virtual visit to the 2018 International Conference on Social Media and Society was held in Copenhagen, Denmark from July 18-20, 2018. This conference focused on the best practices for studying the impact and implications of social media on society. Luckily for us, the proceedings, including 60 open-access papers, is already online! Papers include quantitative and qualitative research, completed and work-in-progress studies.

One of the conference organizers and panel chair, Dr. Luke Sloan, shared this overview:

Linked survey and social media data allow us to ask new research questions, evaluate algorithmic accuracy of categorisation tools and to explore the similarities (or differences) in what respondents report on surveys and how they behave online – linking the social with the virtual. However it’s not without its difficulties, and in this workshop at the 9th International Conference on Social Media and Society (#SMSociety) we talked through:

  • What new questions linked data can help us to answer (Grant Blank, Oxford Internet Institute, University of Oxford)
  • How we can maintain anonymity and deal with issues of disclosure in linked Twitter data (Luke Sloan, Social Data Science Lab, Cardiff University)
  • What social media data actually looks like when returned from an API (Dhiraj Murthy, University of Texas at Austin)
  • Differences in privacy attitudes and digital literacy (Anabel Quan-Haase, Western University)
  • How we understand our ethical duty to Twitter users (Libby Bishop, GESIS)

More SAGE Resources on Social Media and Research!

Two open-access SAGE journals include research on social media, and both will have special issues to follow up on the conference. See Social Media + Society, and Big Data & Society.




The SAGE Handbook of Social Media Research Methods

If you have access to SAGE Research Methods, you can read the
The SAGE Handbook of Social Media Research Methods, edited by Luke Sloan and Anabel Quan-Haase. If you do not have access, you can explore it with a free trial. You can access other related research collected in these SRM Reading Lists. See the broad E-Research Reading ListSocial Media Research Reading List and the E-Interview Research Reading List.

Interested in more about the SAGE Reading List feature, and how to use it when teaching methods or supervising research? See these related Methodspace posts.

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