Workshop 4

#BlackLivesMatter @Maryland: The Ferguson Twitter Archive and Using Social Media in Humanities Research 
Edward H. Summers, Trevor Muñoz, and Porter Olsen (Maryland Institute for Technology in the Humanities); Matt Burton (University of Pittsburgh); and Bergis Jules (UC Riverside and EASP Scholar)
Wednesday, July 15, 11:00 AM – 12:30 PM | 2:00 PM – 3:30 PM
MITH Conference Room


There will be some hands on exercises so please bring a laptop with web browser. Participants must also register for an account on Github prior to the workshop. Email your github and twitter handles to ehs [at] 

Recommended Sites:

Participants may be interested to review the following work on the Twitter #BlackLivesMatter data:

The Narrative of Terrorism in #Charleston

#FreddieGray – Social Media Imagery in the Archive

Archiving Video from #Ferguson

Documenting the Now

An Invitation to Study Ferguson

On Forgetting and Hydration

In this workshop we will explore the mechanics and methodologies for archiving social media content for use in humanities research. Specifically we will look at work done at the University of Maryland in building a collection of 13 million tweets related to the events around the killing of Michael Brown in Ferguson, Missouri. Additionally we will examine the use of the Digital Humanities Incubator series to engage faculty and student research in using this collection.

In the workshop you can expect to learn about:

  • the variety of tools that are available for collecting social media content
  • approaches to managing the social media data
  • the ethical and rights issues around social media collections
  • strategies for engaging the research community
  • approaches to using social media into larger scale web archiving programs