Late extra

Part of the ESRC-funded Visual Social Media Lab

Social Media Image Analysis Tool Development Workshop

University of Wolverhampton, 8 March 2016, 2-5pm in room MX118

Images are now central to social media communication practices. In addition to iconic images, such as the tragic photograph of Alan Kurdi, and the dissemination of artistic works, image sharing is now a routine way for people to stay in touch with friends and family. Within this context, new methods and tools are needed to gather and analyse online images so that researchers can more fully investigate the visual dimension of the social web.

The ESRC-funded Visual Social Media Lab is hosting a workshop on social media image analysis tools in order to (a) demonstrate two existing software solutions and (b) discuss and seek advice on the types of functionalities that should be added to them. This workshop will be of interest to researchers that are analysing images in social media and would like to use software to gather or analyse images on a large scale.

Workshop timetable:


1.30-2: Registration and coffee
2-2.30: Image analysis with Pulsar. Francesco D'Orazio VP Product & Research, pulsarplatform.com
2.30-3: Image analysis with Webometric Analyst. Mike Thelwall, Statistical Cybermetrics Research Group, University of Wolverhampton.
3-4: Practical hands on workshop with Pulsar and Webometric Analyst
4-4.30: Coffee break/networking session
4.30-5: Discussion and suggestions for tool improvement
5-6: If you would like a 15-minute 1-1 session with Mike or Fran, please email the address below to book one.

Directions: The event is in MX building on Molineux street, opposite the football stadium. Map here. It is a 10 minute walk from the train station. From the railway station, walk straight ahead up Railway Drive and take the second right onto Stafford Street, then the first left on to Wulfruna Street, and follow it round to the end. Then continue straight ahead on the path using the underpass to walk under the ring road. On the other side of the ring road, walk straight ahead alongside the road (Molineux Street) and take the first right (ignoring carparks) onto Camp Street. MX building is on the far corner of Camp Street and Molineux Street.

Attendance is free but please email Mike Thelwall m.thelwallATwlv.ac.uk to reserve your place. Registration is limited to 20 attendees.

Thelwall, M., Goriunova, O. Vis, F., Faulkner, S., Burns, A., Aulich, J. Mas-Bleda, A., Stuart, E. & D’Orazio, F. (in press). Chatting through pictures? A classification of images tweeted in one week in the UK and USA. Journal of the Association for Information Science and Technology. doi:10.1002/asi.23620