As social creatures, our online lives just like our offline lives are intertwined with others within a wide variety of social networks. Each retweet on Twitter, comment on a blog or link to a Youtube video explicitly or implicitly connects one online participant to another and contributes to the formation of various information and social networks. Once discovered, these networks can provide researchers with an effective mechanism for identifying and studying collaborative processes within any online community. However, collecting information about online networks using traditional methods such as surveys can be very time consuming and expensive. This workshop will explore automated ways to discover and analyze various communication networks from social media data.
<p><span><a href="http://anatoliygruzd.com/">Dr. Anatoliy Gruzd</a> is an Associate Professor in the School of Information Management at the Faculty of Management and the Faculty of Computer Science, Dalhousie University. He is also the Director of the <a href="http://socialmedialab.ca/">Social Media Lab</a>, a member of the Institute for Big Data Analytics at Dalhousie University and a co-editor of a new, multidisciplinary journal on Big Data and Society published by Sage.</span><span>This year, Dr. Gruzd is co-organizing the 2014 <a href="http://socialmediaandsociety.com/">Social Media & Society Conference</a> and co-editing a <a href="http://socialmedialab.ca/?page_id=7645" target="_blank">special issue on <em>Measuring Influence in Social Media </em>for American Behavioral Scientist</a>. </span><span>The broad aim of </span><span>Dr. Gruzd’s </span><span>various research initiatives is to provide decision makers with additional knowledge and insights into the behaviours and relationships of online network members, and to understand how these interpersonal connections influence our personal choices and actions.</span><span>His research and commentaries have been reported across Canada and internationally in various mass media outlets such as Foreign Affairs, Los Angeles Times, Nature.com, The Atlantic, The Globe and Mail, The National Post, and The Canadian Press.</span></p>