We recently presented some of our social network analysis research of the informal policy actors within the mobile health regulatory space at the THATcamp Sydney unconference. Unfortunately I missed the first day and Fiona could only attend the first session of that day, but we managed to see a full (half) day on the second.
Amongst other great projects I observed, one that certainly stood out for me was the Australian’s Women’s Register. In conjunction with the University of Melbourne, they are doing some outstanding work on collecting and analysing data about Australian women – highly recommend checking this out.
Fiona and I then conducted our session which we took as an opportunity to talk about our work so far and use expertise in the room to interrogate and develop our methodology. It was an amazing experience and you can hear the audio from our talks here.
Some of the points that emerged from the discussion include:
- Who are the official organisations that are interacting in these conversations?
- There is existing research to suggest that participation is driving policy
- Debra Lupton at the University of Sydney to explore data and politics
- Nick Thurburger University of Melbourne, experience and developing methodology in converting Excel sheets to data clean http://languages-linguistics.unimelb.edu.au/thieberger/
- Thresholds of data – what to use, who are they, where are they, rural voices etc – we need to think about our own thresholds which shape the data analysis
- Demographic profiling in the process – this is critical to understand the ‘why’ of the interactions between the actors
- Content coding around the data collection, who do we want to hear from?
- Jake Wallace Charles Stuart university, experience in political party process
- Policy analysis portal – I am thinking we need to develop a tool similar to this to embed in our site – that is users can bring their data to it and run their own analysis
- Positive and negative sentiment in tweets – UWS are working in this space
- Government institutions are legally required to collect social media conversations – interesting!
- Internal organisational cultural behaviours influencing what is said and what is not said via freedom of information act
- If so, could we access Yammer data?
- Digital engagement as opposed to social media
- Atlas of living Australia dashboard.ala.org.au - great site to play around with in representing data
- Internet archive to send or harvest bit.ly links – credibility of user data in government policy
- Suirveillance in terms of peaks of use, who is using soc med and when
- Gnip.co twitter api – this is the ‘fat tube’ of Twitter data and Fiona is working on a collaborative approach with UTS
- Steve Cassidy at Uni of Macquarie – workflow people http://web.science.mq.edu.au/~cassidy/
And if that’s not enough, the wonderful Yvonne Perkins kept a Google doc of the session which can be viewed online.
Great session and i think it is a fantastic primer for our paper which we will present at the aaDH (Australasian Association of the Digital Humanities) conference in 2014 – thanks for the input THATcamp!