SMART Data Sprint second edition is coming

Interdisciplinary research,
education and capacity building

31 Oct 2017

The event will happen between January and February, 2018, and receive the professors Bernhard Rieder and Dhiraj Murthy

SMART Data Sprint is an intensive hands-on work, driven by social media data and organized by the research group of iNOVA Media Lab specialised in Social Media Research Techniques. The event will adopt inventive and experimental ways of reading, seeing and analysing platform data, with the aim of responding a set of research questions.

 For one week participants will have the chance to attend to keynote lectures, short talks, and parallel sessions of practical labs. After that, experts and scholars will invite participants to join projects and work in a collective problem. The goal is to collectively achieve concrete outcomes, creating the opportunity for knowledge production and providing an environment in which participants can equally contribute and benefit from each other’s expertise.

The associate professor in New Media and Digital Culture at the University of Amsterdam and a researcher with the Digital Methods Initiative, Bernhard Rieder, and the associate Professor of Journalism and Sociology at the UT Austin, Dhiraj Murthy, are joining SMART Data Sprint 2018 with keynote talks and practical labs.

Senior researchers and doctoral and masters students will also be leading Practical Labs that contemplate the following themes:

  • Data Extraction Tools
  • Working with tabular data
  • Raw Graphs
  • Visual content analysis with Image Plot
  • Network Analysis
  • Image Networks


The projects for SMART Data Sprint 2018 will cover Public Health and Gender Studies.

  • Zika Virus*

Project leaders: Elaine Rabello – Associate Professor at Social Medicine Institute I Rio de Janeiro State University, and Gustavo Correa Matta – Researcher on National School of Public Health / Oswaldo Cruz Foundation.

*Project part of the project Social Sciences and Zika, consortium Zikalliance – Horizon2020, European Commission.

  • Femicide

Project 1: Inês Amaral – Centro de Estudos de Comunicação e Sociedade – CECS, Universidade do Minho and Instituto Superior Miguel Torga.

Project 2 (focus on Italy): Alessandra Cicali – Italian Journalist at EURETE – EUropean REporting TEam.

Participants are also welcome to pitch a project by previously requesting the project description proposal form and then attaching it to their applications. Project descriptions will be available for all SMART Data Sprint participants (after the acceptance notification).

SMART Data Sprint: Interpreters of Platform Data

Dates: 29 January – 2 February 2018 between 9:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.

Venue: Universidade Nova de Lisboa I NOVA FCSH I iNOVA Media Lab

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