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Additional Resources

Table of contents

  1. Recommended Reading
  2. Social Media Collection Tools & Resources
    1. UNLV Libraries’ Twitter Data Tutorial Series
    2. TAGS
    3. Hydrator
    4. Social Feed Manager
    5. Tweet ID Datasets Catalog
    6. Webrecorder

  • “Building Social Media Archives: Collection Development Guidelines.” GWU Libraries Social Feed Manager. Updated March 13, 2017.

  • Caswell, Michelle. “Toward a Survivor-Centered Approach to Human Rights Archives: Lessons from Community-Based Archives.” Archival Science 14: 3-4 (2014): 307-322.

  • Jules, Bergis; Summers, Ed; and Mitchell, Jr., Dr. Vernon. “Ethical Considerations for Archiving Social Media Content Generated by Contemporary Social Movements: Challenges, Opportunities, and Recommendations.” Documenting the Now White Paper, April 2018.

  • Maynor, Ashley R. “Response to the Unthinkable: Collecting and Archiving Condolence and Temporary Memorial Materials following Public Tragedies.” In Handbook of Research on Disaster Management and Contingency Planning in Modern Libraries, ed. Emy Nelson Decker and Jennifer A. Townes, 582-624 (2016). doi:10.4018/978-1-4666-8624-3.ch025.

  • Rettig, Patricia J. (2019) “Documenting Disasters: A Focus on Floods,” Journal of Western Archives: Vol. 10 : Iss. 2 , Article 2.

  • Risam, Roopika; cárdenas, micha; Boggs, Jeremy; Byock, Ashley; Kaur, Vinamarata; Lubin, Joan; Sessions, Emily; Savonick, Danica; Stoytcheva, Sveta. “An Invitation Towards Social Justice in the Digital Humanities.” Living document emerged from the De/Post/Colonial Digital Humanities course at HILT 2015.

  • “Social Media Archives Toolkit: Legal and Ethical Implications.” North Carolina State University Libraries.

Social Media Collection Tools & Resources

  • UNLV Libraries’ Twitter Data Tutorial Series

    Features ten tutorials that take you step-by-step through the design, collection, and documentation process of curating a collection of Twitter data, as well as tutorials on tools for data analysis. This tutorial series focuses on using Twarc for twitter data collection.

  • TAGS

    TAGS is a free Google Sheet template which lets you setup and run automated collection of search results from Twitter. Like twarc, TAGS requires a Twitter developer account and registered app, but does not require use of the command line, and can be a simpler starting place for collecting tweets.

  • Hydrator

    Hydrator is a downloadable app for your computer developed by DocNow for hydrating Twitter ID datasets. Hydrator does not require a Twitter developer account or registered app, and requires no coding knowledge. It streamlines the process of linking your Twitter account, hydrating tweet ID lists, and exporting the raw JSON data into csv for easy access to the dataset.

    This tool is great for researchers who want to do a quick check of the contents of a dataset in Excel - the csv export function in the Hydrator makes it easy to build a spreadsheet of tweets.

    For access to a step-by-step guide to installing, configuring and using the Hydrator, click here.

  • Social Feed Manager

    Social Feed Manager (SFM) is a web application which allows users to create collections of data from social media platforms, including Twitter, Flickr, Tumblr, and Sina Weibo. It is open source software and connects to the platforms’ public APIs to harvest data. SFM development is led by a project team at George Washington University Libraries, made up of software developers, archivists, and librarians.

  • Tweet ID Datasets Catalog

    DocNow maintains a catalog of open-access, dehydrated Twitter datasets, with information for each including size, collection date, topic tags and a brief description. This is a great place to start if you want to explore the range of Twitter data currently being collected by scholars active in the field. To browse the catalogue, click here.

  • Webrecorder

    Webrecorder is a web archiving tool developed by Rhizome, supported by the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation. It is open-source, and free to use.

This page was updated: July 24, 2019