27 October 2015 | 10:00 - 16:00 Euston Road, London | Wellcome Collection Conference Centre


A Joint Workshop with the Digital Preservation Coalition and the UK Data Service

Free for DPC members and UK Data Service affiliates.

The DPC and UK Data Service invite you to join our Briefing Day on Preserving Social Media. The Briefing Day will bring together practitioners who work with social media data across multiple sectors, including social sciences, data science, journalism, archives, libraries, and research data management. The Briefing Day will also launch the Technology Watch Report developed from the 12-month study as part of the ESRC’s ‘Big Data Network’ programme. The Briefing Day and report provide an overview of archiving social media and the accompanying challenges posed by forms of big data.

The content generated by social media users provides valuable data for a range of sectors, from government bodies to media outlets to academic researchers. This study explores the demands and requirements for maintaining social media for long-term access for these user communities and for future generations looking back on life in the early 21st century.

Nathan Cunningham, head of Big Data at the UK Data Service, and Sara Day Thomson, author of the Technology Watch report, will open the day-long workshop and discuss the overarching domain of big data in the UK and the outcomes of the study on Preserving Social Media. The workshop will feature speakers from a variety of backgrounds to discuss the challenges posed by social media in their sector and share their experiences capturing, curating, and using archived social media data.

Topics Will Include...

  • social media as 'Big Data' rather than 'small' data
  • value and potential use of social media data
  • methods for capture and curation of social media data
  • navigating commercial platform terms and conditions
  • problems of access to social media data
  • restrictions to sharing social media data
  • use cases of social media data analytics
  • social media archives at collecting institutions
  • archiving to meet the needs of researchers
  • documentation of social media data
  • collaboration for best practice and more equal access

Who Should Attend?

Practitioners of web archiving, curators or managers of research data, digital preservation specialists, data-driven researchers, data scientists interested in the curation of social media data, information professionals interested in new developments in digital preservation, and anyone interested in archiving new forms of digital content.


10.00 Registration, Tea & Coffee

10.30 Briefing Day Open & Introductions by William Kilbride, DPC

10.45 Key Note: Big Data Network support by Nathan Cunningham, UK Data Service

11.15 Key Note: Preserving Social Media by Sara Day Thomson, DPC

11.45 Tea & Coffee

12.00 Case Study: Social Media & Journalism by Stephen Daisley, STV

12.30 Case Study: 'Archiving Events: Developing Strategies for Preserving Social Media with the Social Repository of Ireland' by Clare Lanigan, Education and Outreach Co-ordinator, Digital Repository of Ireland

13.00 Lunch

14.00 Case Study: Social Media as Research Data by Katrin Weller, GESIS

14.30 Case Study: Social Media in the UK Gov’t Web Archive by Tom Storrar, The National Archives

15.00 Tea & Coffee

15.20 Panel Discussion with Speakers and Leïla Medjkoune (Internet Memory Foundation) and David Clee (MirrorWeb)

15.50 Closing Remarks

16.00 Close

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