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A #dayofdh2016 Archive [30/03/2016 13:50:36 - 11/04/2016 13:23:12 BST]

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posted on 2016-04-11, 14:48 authored by Ernesto PriegoErnesto Priego
A Day in the Life of the Digital Humanities (Day of DH) is "an open community publication project that will bring together scholars interested in the digital humanities from around the world to document what they do on one day."

Day of DH 2016 took place on April 8th and one of the hashtags used was #dayofDH2016 (variations including #dayofDH were also used).

This is a .csv file containing approximately 2,252 unique tweets publicly published with the hashtag #dayofDH2016 during the indicated period.

The Tweets contained in this file were collected by Ernesto Priego using Martin Hawksey's TAGS 6.0.
Only users with at least 100 followers were included in the archive. Retweets have been included. Data is likely to require refining and deduplication.

Please note that both research and experience show that the Twitter search API is not 100% reliable. Large Tweet volumes affect the search collection process. The API might "over-represent the more central users", not offering "an accurate picture of peripheral activity" (Gonzalez-Bailon, Sandra, et al. 2012). It cannot be guaranteed this file contains each and every Tweet tagged with #dayofDH2016 during the indicated period, and is shared for comparative and indicative educational research purposes only.

The data is shared as is. The sharing of this dataset complies with Twitter's Developer Rules of the Road.

Only content from public accounts is included and was obtained from the Twitter Search API. The shared data is also publicly available to all Twitter users via the Twitter Search API and available to anyone with an Internet connection via the Twitter and Twitter Search web client and mobile apps without the need of a Twitter account.

The profile_image_url and entities_str metadata were removed before public sharing.

Each Tweet and its contents were published openly on the Web with the queried hashtag and are responsibility of the original authors.

Tweets published publicly by scholars during academic conferences are often tagged (labeled) with a hashtag dedicated to the conference in question.

The purpose and function of hashtags is to organise and describe information/outputs under the relevant label in order to enhance the discoverability of the labeled information/outputs (tweets in this case). A hashtag is metadata users choose freely to use so their content is associated, directly linked to and categorised with the chosen hashtag.

Though every reason for Tweeters' use of hashtags cannot be generalised nor predicted, it can be argued that scholarly Twitter users form specialised, self-selecting networks that tend to observe, more often than not, scholarly modes of behaviour. Generally it can be argued that scholarlyTwitter users tag their public tweets with a conference hashtag as a means to report from, comment on and generally contribute publicly to the scholarly conversation around conferences.

Professional associations like the Modern Language Association recognise tweets as citeable scholarly outputs. Archiving scholarly tweets is a means to preserve this form of rapid online scholarship that otherwise can very likely become unretrievable as time passes; Twitter's search API has well-known temporal limitations for retrospective historical search and collection.

Beyond individual tweets as scholarly outputs, the collective scholarly activity on Twitter around a conference or academic project or event can provide interesting insights for the contemporary history of scholarly communications. To date, collecting in real time is the only relatively accurate method to archive tweets at a small scale. Though these datasets have limitations and are not thoroughly systematic, it is hoped they can contribute to developing new insights into the discipline's presence on Twitter over time.

No sensitive information is contained in this dataset.

This dataset is shared to archive, document and encourage open educational research into scholarly activity on Twitter.


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