About the workshop:

Newport Beach, California, USA. March 24, 2015. 8:30am – 5:30pm.

Use #iConfSMdata on social media to start the conversation prior to and during the workshop!

Social media data present a powerful opportunity for researchers to explore how they might ask nuanced questions regarding the intersectionality of gender, race, and sexuality. Recent controversies like #Gamergate and #YesAllWomen, both of which unfolded over social media channels and left a rich trail of data, can have important implications for understanding feminism, sexism, and misogyny. At the same time, online communities are active, dynamic populations that can respond to research in real time. For instance, Black Twitter has responded to and discussed research focused on stakeholders in its community, demonstrating the importance of ethical practices and accountability to online communities when conducting social media data analysis.

We present a full day, hands-on workshop that will provide an opportunity for researchers in our community to explore social media data and ask questions about the intersectionality of gender, race, and sexuality. We will discuss scholarly questions and methods related to application of social media data analysis and the implications of using, presenting, and communicating results in research contexts. Workshop participants will learn how to access and analyze data using various tools and methods, drawing specifically on a Twitter dataset collected May-June 2014 during the trending hashtag #yesallwomen. Selected participants will also present their own work to foster opportunities for targeted discussion and continued collaboration.

We invite anyone interested in discussing these topics to join us at this iConference workshop where we will:

  • Help build a community of researchers working on issues of gender, race, and/or sexuality within the information sciences.
  • Create skill-building experiences that enable researchers to collect and analyze social media data to further their own work.
  • Explore how to analyze social media data ethically and develop practices that respect and engage the sometimes vulnerable and marginalized populations who may have generated the data.
  • Critically discuss the use of social media data to generate new insights and scholarship.

This workshop is designed to appeal to anyone interested in research issues related to the intersections of gender, race, sexuality, and information. We welcome both new and experienced researchers and encourage participation from a wide range of methodological orientations, including qualitative, quantitative, and mixed methods.

Workshop participation is open to all. However, to facilitate the opportunity for a select set of presentations at the workshop, we welcome any interested scholars to submit a position paper, methods paper, or case study. Papers should describe novel and ethical research involving the use of social media data for the exploration of gender, race, and/or sexuality. We particularly welcome submissions from participants dealing with issues of intersectionality. Paper submissions are entirely optional, but if desired should be 2-4 pages in the iConference 2015 format. If accepted, authors will be provided with presentation details in advance of the workshop; they will also be invited to share their data for workshop demonstration purposes. Participant papers will be made available on the workshop website with author permission.


Oliver Haimson: ohaimson@uci.edu

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