Social Media Data in Research: Provenance Challenges

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In this paper we argue that understanding the provenance of social media datasets and their analysis is critical to addressing challenges faced by the social science research community in terms of the reliability and reproducibility of research utilising such data. Based on analysis of existing projects that use social media data, we present a number of research questions for the provenance community, which if addressed would help increase the transparency of the research process,
aid reproducibility, and facilitate data reuse in the social sciences.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationProvenance and Annotation of Data and Processes
Subtitle of host publication6th International Provenance and Annotation Workshop, IPAW 2016, McLean, VA, USA, June 7-8, 2016, Proceedings
EditorsMarta Mattoso, Boris Glavic
Number of pages4
ISBN (Electronic)9783319405933
ISBN (Print)9783319405926
Publication statusPublished - 4 Jun 2016
Event6th International Provenance and Annotation Workshop: IPAW 2016 - Virginia, United States
Duration: 7 Jun 20168 Jun 2016

Publication series

NameLecture Notes in Computer Science
ISSN (Electronic)0302-9743


Conference6th International Provenance and Annotation Workshop
Country/TerritoryUnited States

Bibliographical note

The work described here was funded by a grant from the United Kingdom’s Economic and Social Research Council Social Media - Developing Understanding, Infrastructure & Engagement (ES/M001628/1).


  • provenance
  • social media
  • research process


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