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Webinar: Geographic Information System (GIS) For Social Media Research: Opportunities And Challenges

Thursday, October 28, 2021
1:00pm – 2:00pm

Storrs Campus

Speaker: Debs Ghosh, PhD, MPhil, MA Description: Social media is a powerful communication mechanism. Statista, a market research company, estimates that there are 2.77 billion regular users of social media today producing “big” datasets of commentary, criticism (or misinformation!), photos, and videos. Although this is a gold mine data for researchers, social media data is “big, messy, unstructured, and noisy”. The key concepts of Geographic Information Science and Systems (GIS) – place, time, and scale — can help data scientists understand the context and answer the questions about when and where of such data. This webinar will explore with examples the spectrum of GIS applications of social media data, highlighting new opportunities as well as challenges. Register and submit questions:


Haley Troy,

Allied Health Sciences Department (primary), Institute for Collaboration on Health, Intervention, and Policy , UCH-AITS, UConn Master Calendar, Urban and Community Studies

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