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The Collaborative Online Social Media Observatory (COSMOS): Beginnings, Emerging Findings and Possible Futures
Dr. Matthew Williams and Dr. Pete Burnap (19-11-14)
Dr. Matthew Williams and Dr. Pete Burnap from the NCRM funded Crime Sensing with Social Media project talk about the core ideas behind the founding of the ESRC supported Collaborative Online Social Media Observatory (COSMOS), highlight some of the emerging findings from the first 3 years of their projects on crime sensing, racial tension, cyberhate and Twitter user demographics, and discuss the future of the COSMOS programme and the role it has in improving our understanding of how 'online' publics' organise and react to national and global events and in democratising social media data access and big 'social' data analysis. COSMOS is a collaboration between the universities of Cardiff (Williams, Burnap, Sloan, Housley, Edwards, Rana & Morgan) Warwick (Procter) and St. Andrews (Voss).