Research Assistant Vacancies in Social Media Mining for Social Semantic Journalism

Applications are invited from suitably qualified candidates for two Research Assistant positions in social media mining in social semantic journalism realm. The successful candidates will work within the Digital Humanities and Journalism group at the Insight Centre for Data Analytics @NUIG (formerly know as DERI), on a project on ‘a socially aware multimedia enrichment solution for journalists and newswire subscribers’, funded by the Science Foundation Ireland. (more…)

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Social Media Hoax fails to derail election bid

Social media has become an important source for news stories; the combination of 24hrs communication, direct access to sources and the ever-present risk of a gaffe or mistake makes it a great asset for the clued-in newsroom. But the growth in sources and channels, not to mention the prevalence of Photoshop and its like, means that hoaxes and misinformation compete for attention with genuine and useful content. Thus, verification is an ever-expanding problem for those who want to draw on social media as an information source. (more…)


HuJo wins prize at BBC #newsHack II

A team from the Digital Humanities and Journalism group at Insight @NUIG won the ‘Connecting the News’ category prize at the BBC NewsHack on May 1st-2nd. The team developed Hash2News, a Chrome Extension which enables users to find the news stories behind Twitter hashtags.

The #newsHack is an initiative of the BBC NewsLabs innovation programme, and organised by BBC Connected Studio and the Global Editors Network (sponsored by Google) and aims to foster digital innovation in news. HuJo-Insight competed alongside teams from other academic institutes as well as news organisations such as Sky News, the Financial Times, Storyful and the BBC. (more…)


Social Network Analysis and Visualisation for #RDAPlenary 3

Twitter is a great source of information as well as a fantastic communication tool on specific event. In our – academic – world conferences are one of the most commonly occurring events, where a significant degree of communication between participants now happen on Twitter. Last week Dublin was hosting the Research Data Alliance Plenary 3 with over 400 participants. It was organised by Insight Centre and the DRI, as well as other partners from Australia, Europe and US. We were assisting the organising committee with the event’s social media, part of which we demonstrated the top tweeters for each day and also the top tweeters and the top retweeteds for the whole conference. In addition to this, I presented an analysis and visualisation of the conversation between #RDAPlenary tweeters. Here I am sharing with you how these were done, in case you find them interesting or wanted to do the same for your other events. (more…)

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Social savvy journalists gather in NYC to discuss the future of UGC in News

ONE HUNDRED hours of video is now uploaded every minute. Soon there will be more user generated content than professionally produced media.  But what does this mean for the media industry? Storyful’s Mark Little joined a panel of expert social media journalists met at an event at AP offices in New York on Tuesday evening organised by the ONA to discuss how UGC will affect the media industry in 2014. (more…)

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Research Assistants vacancies for Social Semantic Archive Project

The National University of Ireland, Galway, is seeking two outstanding candidates for Research Assistant positions in the Social Web and Semantic Web / Linked Data domain. The successful candidates will work within the Digital Humanities and Journalism group at the Insight Centre for Data Analytics at NUI Galway (formerly known as DERI), and will also closely collaborate with the Digital Repository of Ireland at the Royal Irish Academy. (more…)


Research Assistants vacancies in Trust for Social Semantic Journalism

The Digital Humanities and Journalism group at the Insight National Centre for Data Analytics @NUI Galway (formerly know as DERI) is seeking  outstanding candidates for two full-time fixed term Research Assistant positions in trust and provenance in Social Semantic Web and journalism realm. This position is funded by Science Foundation Ireland and is available from 1st February 2014 to contract end date of 31st January 2015.  (more…)