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Virtual Field Research with Social Media: A Pilot Case of Biometeorology

Kling, Christoph and Sizov, Sergej and Staab, Steffen (2011) Virtual Field Research with Social Media: A Pilot Case of Biometeorology. pp. 1-2. In: Proceedings of the ACM WebSci'11, June 14-17 2011, Koblenz, Germany.

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In social sciences, �eld research is an important approach for analysing individual and social behaviour. In doing so, researchers are moving in natural environments of individuals to observe unbiased behavioural patterns. However, systematic �eld work is quite time consuming and expensive. Due to this, sample size often remains small, leading to a problem of external validity. In most of the cases, long term studies are not feasible. Also, there are hypotheses which are not veri�able by observation, for instance opinions or behaviour in rare situations. Our contribution aims to demonstrate the potential of SocialWeb for gaining comparably deep insights into human behaviour with signi�cantly lower overhead. In fact, Social Media increasingly o�ers rich metadata, such as temporal and geospatial attributes. This information allows us to integrate additional environmental knowledge - such as weather data - and to interpret contents of Social Web as a replacement for traditional observations in �eld research

Item Type:Conference or Workshop Item (Poster)
Web Science Comments:WebSci Conference 2011
Subjects:WS9 Sociology > WS93 Social Networks
WS1 Computer Science
Web Science Events > Web Science 2011
ID Code:469
Deposited By: Lisa Sugiura
Deposited On:07 Jun 2011 16:42
Last Modified:25 Oct 2011 17:11

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