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Tuesday, October 27 • 2:45pm - 4:45pm
Building and Managing Social Media Collections FILLING

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As venues for discourse and creation, social media platforms such as Twitter and Instagram are important source material for scholarly research. Future access to social media data will allow researchers to develop historical assessments based on materials representing the voices of a large and diverse set of participants. Much of this critical and ephemeral content may be lost if cultural heritage institutions are not collecting and preserving it, yet creating and managing these collections presents challenges around collecting mechanisms, curation, legal and ethical issues, and preservation.

This workshop will include the following components:

• A review of technical tools for collecting and guidelines for selecting an approach that works best for your institution and users
• A guided discussion of ethical and legal considerations in taking on this work and parallels with established archival practices
• A review of some existing use cases of libraries' social media data collecting followed by a group discussion of possible community-specific use cases and needs for supporting services.
• A demonstration of possible archival collecting workflows using NCSU Libraries' Social Media Combine collecting system (which includes NCSU Libraries' lentil system for Instagram harvesting and George Washington University's Social Feed Manager for Twitter harvesting). Participants who wish to follow along with their own instance may install it ahead of time.

Participants will leave with an awareness of the major components of a new social media collecting program, including available tools, research use cases, ethical and legal considerations, supporting resources, as well as a better understanding of how to integrate social media into existing practices and workflows. There will be opportunities to share collecting ideas with each other at the end of the workshop.

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Jason Casden

Interim Associate Head, Digital Library Initiatives, NCSU Libraries
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Laura Wrubel

Software Development Librarian, George Washington University

Tuesday October 27, 2015 2:45pm - 4:45pm PDT
Salon D

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