ICA’2016 Preconference Workshop
Mining Social Media for Communication Research
Date: June 8, 2016 (one day before ICA’2016 in Fukuoka, Japn)
Venue: National Institute of Informatics (NII), Tokyo, Japan
Call for Participants
Aims and Objectives:
The emergence of social media has provided both opportunities and challenges for communication research, ranging from data acquisition to measurement construction, statistical analysis, and results presentation. However, the existing tools (such as manual content analysis and SPSS package) with which communication scholars are familiar become increasingly inadequate. As such, there has been an urgent need for in-depth knowledge and hands-on skills of computational methods throughout the field. To serve the need, a one-day workshop will be organized in Tokyo, prior to the 2016 annual conference of International Communication Association (ICA’2016) in Fukuoka, Japan.
The workshop will consist of four sessions, each covering a key step in mining social media for communication research, ranging from data collection to text processing, statistical analysis, and data visualization. The workshop will use Twitter as a primary running example of social media. All four sessions will mix conceptual discussions and hands-on practices (using R language as the primary tool). As such, the participants are requested to bring with their notebook computers.
- Interested participants should submit an application form to Winson Peng (winsonpeng at ntu.edu.sg) before Feb 15, 2016;
- Up to 30 participants will be selected from the pool of applicants, based on prior experience with computational methods, and notified by Feb 15, 2016;
- Accepted participants are required to pay registration fees at the official ICA’2016 website before March 1, 2016, with US$150 per non-student participant or US$80 per student participant.
- The registration fees will cover refreshment att about US$20 per person.
- The participants need to bear all other costs during the workshop, such as transportations, accommodations, and meals.
- Cancellation: 50% refund by April 1, 2016; no refund thereafter.
Workshop Schedule (June 8, 2016):
|9:00-10:30||1. Scraping data from social media||Dr. Hai Liang (Hong Kong University)|
|10:30-10:45||Coffee Break (provided)|
|10:45-12:15||2. Processing text data of social media||Dr. Winson Peng (Nanyang Technological University of Singapore)|
|12:15-14:00||Lunch Break (self-arranged)|
|14:00-15:30||3. Analyzing social media data||Prof. Jonathan Zhu (City University of Hong Kong)|
|15:30-15:45||Coffee Break (provided)|
|15:45-17:15||4. Visualizing social media data||Dr. Fujio Toriumi (University of Tokyo)|
|Raul Ferrer||Karlstad University||Sweden|
|Prawit (Wit) Thainiyom||University of Southern California||United States|
|Pabian Sara||University of Antwerp||Belgium|
|Penny Jiang||United Arab Emirates University||United Arab Emirates|
|Jenifer Sunrise Winter||University of Hawaii||United States|
|Dragana Lazic||University of Tsukuba||Japan|
|Heeyoung Jung||Temple University||United States|
|Carmina T. Rodríguez||University of Amsterdam||Netherlands|
|Ken’ichi Ikeda||Doshisha University||Japan|
|Joshua Cader||University of Tokyo||Japan|
|Michael Etter||Copenhagen Business School||Denmark|
|Yi Ding||Hong Kong Baptist University||Hong Kong S.A.R.|
|Keiko Katagiri||Kobe University||Japan|
|Shanshan Lou||Appalachian State University||United States|
|Natalia Novikova||University of Tsukuba||Japan|
|Satomi Sugiyama||Franklin University Switzerland||Switzerland|
|Thijs Waardenburg||Hogeschool Utrecht||Netherlands|
|Dimitra Dimitrakopoulou||Aristotle University of Thessaloniki||Greece|
|Wenzhen Xu||Nagoya University||Janpan|
|Mohanaapriya Sina Raja||International University of Malaya-Wales||Malaysia|
|Leslie Tkach-Kawasaki||University of Tsukuba||Japan|
|Jin Lan||Purdue University||United States|
Inquiry: Winson Peng (winsonpeng at ntu.edu.sg); Jonathan Zhu (j.zhu at cityu.edu.hk).