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

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: 8:00 AM / 9:40 AM
Room: Bayside A, Sheraton, 4th Floor
Organizers: Atsushi Nara, Ming-Hsiang Tsou, Chanwoo Jin
Chairs: Ming-Hsiang Tsou


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 Michal Rzeszewski*, Adam Mickiewicz University, Piotr Luczys, Adam Mickiewicz University, Why should we care? Indifference toward the locational data grabbing practices 20 8:00 AM
Presenter Chen Xu*, University of Wyoming, Smart Sensors, Cyborgs, and Cybernetics: A critical reading of smart city technologies 20 8:20 AM
Presenter Yuanyuan Tian, East China Normal University, Bo Zhao*, Oregon State University, Shaozeng Zhang, Oregon State University, Stand with #Standing Rock: Location spoofing in social media in the post-truth era 20 8:40 AM
Presenter Ming-Hsiang Tsou*, San Diego State University, How to Conduct Spatial Social Network Analysis using Social Media (Twitter) Data? 20 9:00 AM
Discussant Daniel Sui The Ohio State University 20 9:20 AM

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