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Nov 6 / 7, 2017 – Sheffield Hallym University – NodeXL for social media network insights


Sheffield Hallam University

NOV 06 Charting Collections of Connections in Social Media

by Sheffield Hallam University

Free Mon 6 November 2017, 10:30 – 15:00 GMT

Event Information


10.30 – Coffee on Arrival

10:45 – Welcome by Sue Beckingham

11:00 – Rise of Social Media (Wasim Ahmed)

12:00 – Lunch

13:00 – Charting Collections of Connections in Social Media: Creating Maps and Measures with NodeXL (Dr Marc Smith)

14:30 – Closing

15:00 – Informal Networking Old Queens Head


Mon 6 November 2017 10:30 – 15:00 GMT

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Aspect Court (Room = 15207 )
Pond Hill
S1 2WY
United Kingdom

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Organiser: Sheffield Hallam University

We now live in a sea of tweets, posts, blogs, and updates coming from a significant fraction of the people in the connected world.  Our personal and professional relationships are now made up as much of texts, emails, phone calls, photos, videos, documents, slides, and game play as by face-to-face interactions.  Social media can be a bewildering stream of comments, a daunting fire hose of content.  With better tools and a few key concepts from the social sciences, the social media swarm of favorites, comments, tags, likes, ratings, updates and links can be brought into clearer focus to reveal key people, topics and sub-communities.  As more social interactions move through machine-readable data sets new insights and illustrations of human relationships and organizations become possible.  But new forms of data require new tools to collect, analyze, and communicate insights.


Wasim Ahmed is a Doctoral Candidate at the University of Sheffield. He has delivered over 35 social media talks to agencies such as the European Centre for Nuclear Research (CERN), the UK government, and universities across the world including a number of keynote talks such as to Boston University College of Communication. Wasim has experience on many social media projects with organisations such as Manchester United. He is also a member of the Social Media Research Foundation and regularly authors high-impact articles for the LSE Impact blog and mainstream media. He earned an MSc in Information System and a BA in Philosophy.

Dr. Marc Smith is a sociologist specializing in the social organization of online communities and computer mediated interaction. Smith leads the Connected Action consulting group and lives and works in Silicon Valley. Smith co-founded and directs the Social Media Research Foundation, a non-profit devoted to open tools and data related to social media research. Dr. Smith received a B.S. from Drexel, an M.Phil. from Cambridge, and a Ph.D. from UCLA. He is a Distinguished Visiting


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