Geography PhD student founds social media lab, gets $997k grant from NSF

Our own Joe Eckert helped found SoMe Lab in collaboration with two other students from the iSchool (Jeff Hemsley and Shawn Walker).  SoMe Lab is a social media  laboratory at the University of Washington.  They’re building data collection and analysis services for “big” social media data.  Their ideas and work were used as the core of a successful NSF grant proposal (INSPIRE) for $997,000.  Congratulations to Joe and the rest of the SoMe Lab team!

(map image is raw counts of geolocated Occupy-related tweet data from Oct. 19 – Dec. 31 2011)
You can read more about the lab here: somelab.net

You can read the NSF grant here: http://www.nsf.gov/awardsearch/showAward.do?AwardNumber=1243170

And read the iSchool’s announcement here: http://ischool.uw.edu/feature/uw-information-school-awarded-997k-social-media-research

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