Apr 05 2016 Posted: 09:20 IST

NUI Galway will host the second Twitter Mixed Days conference from 19-20 April. The conference is intended to foster collaboration and to build community and will take place in the University’s J.E. Cairnes School of Business and Economics.

The increasing availability of massive datasets from the Twitter platform is revolutionising the scientific study of a variety of phenomena in fields as diverse as Sociology, Computer Science, Business, Law, Crisis Management, Psychology and others. Yet, while many important advances have taken place in these different communities, the dialog between researchers using Twitter data across disciplines is only beginning. The purpose of Twitter for Research conference is to bring together leading researchers in order to lay the foundation for ongoing relationships and to build a lasting multidisciplinary research community. 

A ‘Workshop on Extracting Business Value from Twitter Data’ will take place on Tuesday, 19 April. Designed to arm participants with the knowledge to extract real business value from the Twitter platform and the data it produces, Joe Rice from Twitter will deliver the keynote talk.

Additional workshops on the day will include: Twitter for Beginners by Dr Clément Levallois, Emlyon Business School; How to use Twitter to Generate Leads by Ineke Oates, Virtual Office Worx; Customer Behaviour with Message Analysis by Dr Maciej Dabrowski, Altocloud; and Extracting Intelligence from Twitter Data, which will be delivered by DrTheo Lynn, DCU. To register for the workshops visit https://www.eventbrite.ie/e/workshop-on-extracting-business-value-from-twitter-data-tickets-21561019590.

Wednesday, 20 April sees the Twitter for Research conference taking place. The multi-disciplinary conference is open to all researchers interested in using Twitter data or studying the platform itself. Participants from sociology, business, computer science, law, politics, and crisis management are particularly welcome. To register for the conference visit https://www.eventbrite.ie/e/twitter-for-research-tickets-19409213480

Dr Eoin Whelan, conference organiser and lecturer in Business Information Systems at NUI Galway, said: “We are very excited to be hosting the second Twitter Mixed Days conference. With 320 million active users generating 100,000 tweets per minute, the Twitter platform holds enormous potential for both researchers wishing to reveal the often hidden workings of our societies, and for industry practitioners intent on adding real value to their organisations. The conference takes place over two days and brings together researchers and practitioners from multiple fields and countries. In my own research I have used large twitter datasets to explain how exposure to diverse and contrarian viewpoints results in more creative ideas, and it is in this spirit which the conference takes place.”

For further information contact Dr Eoin Whelan at eoin.whelan@nuigalway.ie.

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