Symposium on New Horizons in Human Dynamics Research: Social Media and Big Data II

Type: Paper
Sponsor Groups: Cyberinfrastructure Specialty Group, Geographic Information Science and Systems Specialty Group, Spatial Analysis and Modeling Specialty Group
Poster #:
Day: 4/13/2018
Start / End Time: 10:00 AM / 11:40 AM
Room: Bayside A, Sheraton, 4th Floor
Organizers: Atsushi Nara, Ming-Hsiang Tsou, Jaehee Park
Chairs: Atsushi Nara


Following three well-attended “Social Media and Big Data” paper sessions in the Symposium on Human Dynamics Research” at 2017 AAG annual meeting in Boston, we would like to continue to engage researchers with interests in different aspects of social media, big data, and human dynamics research. This organized paper session will focus on Social Media and Big Data in the Symposium on New Horizons in Human Dynamics Research.

Social media and big data have transformed our world into interconnected cyberspace and real space. Geographers can now trace, monitor, and map the spread of social movements, disease outbreaks, nature hazards, and popular events by digitally collecting social media and big data with locational contents, such as GPS tags, check-ins, place names, and user location profiles. The dynamic characteristics of social media and big data offer great research opportunities for examining and modeling human behaviors, networks, communications, and movements while there exist notable challenges (Kwan, 2016; Tsou, 2015). The organized paper sessions will focus on the development of theories, methods and practices on this collaborative, interdisciplinary frontier. The topics include but not limited to:

• Visualization and computation of social media and big data
• Accuracy and uncertainty of geo-tagged or geo-targeted social media and big data
• Geo-oriented social media analytics
• Location-based social network analysis
• Spatiotemporal data models for studying human dynamics via social media and big data
• Modeling/Simulating human dynamics with social media and big data
• Uncovering human dynamics hidden in different kinds of geo-tracking data
• Digital divide and ethical issue in social media analytics
• Data sharing, dissemination and privacy issues in social media and big data
• Spatiotemporal diffusion of innovation and ideas in social media channels
• Emerging new media data for human dynamics research

Kwan, M.-P. (2016). Algorithmic Geographies: Big Data, Algorithmic Uncertainty, and the Production of Geographic Knowledge. Annals of the American Association of Geographers, 106(2), 274–282.
Tsou, M.-H. (2015). Research challenges and opportunities in mapping social media and Big Data. Cartography and Geographic Information Science, 42(sup1), 70–74.


Type Details Minutes Start Time
Presenter Monica Stephens*, University At Buffalo, From Hate Groups to Hateful Rhetoric: Mapping Racism on Twitter 20 10:00 AM
Presenter Zoe Hamstead*, University At Buffalo, Geolocated social media as a rapid indicator of park visitation and equitable park access 20 10:20 AM
Presenter JAEHEE PARK*, San Diego State University, Analyzing Public Voice in Social Media: A Twitter Case Study of Charlottesville Attack 20 10:40 AM
Discussant May Yuan University of Texas - Dallas 20 11:00 AM

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