Representatives from the University of Duisburg-Essen in Germany visited UiA for the RISE_SMA-project kick-off. The purpose is to identify risks and opportunities of social media for the domains: society and crisis communication.
The RISE_SMA project is funded by the EU and consists of 12 partner organisations. RISE_SMA forms an interdisciplinary, international network combining excellent scholars and practitioners to enable vigorous knowledge sharing and to develop solutions for contemporary challenges for Social Media Analytics (SMA). Participants will be looking into diverse topics from information dissemination and extraction in a societal and crisis management context, tackling both technological and social topics.
The project enables so called secondments. These are stays of typically one to three months at partner institutions to do collaborative research. PhD candidates are encouraged to participate, and the project opens up for the opportunity to visit a partner institution in the following countries: Germany, the Netherlands, Australia, Indonesia and Brazil.
The RISE_SMA project consists of several focus groups on social media related topics. They are categorised into “society” and “crisis analysis” topics.
For society, the focus groups are:
"Fake News and Narratives"
"Subcultures, Closed Areas & Darknet"
"Ethics, Gender, Diversity"
For crisis communication, the focus groups are:
"Media Interpretation, New Media Sources"
"Data Sources / Management"
"Automated Communication / Bots"
If you are interested, you can read more about the project.
Additionally, you may contact the project coordinator, Associate Professor Tim A Majchrzak at any time. Project participation is possible for any UiA employee with an interest in the above-mentioned topics.