Twitter piloting free data access for researchers

Screenshot from TAGSExplorerGiven the number researchers who ask me about access to historic Twitter data who end up disappointed to hear free access to search results are limited to the last 7 days I’m sure they will be pleased to hear about the Twitter Data Grants:

we’re introducing a pilot project we’re calling Twitter Data Grants, through which we’ll give a handful of research institutions access to our public and historical data.

This was an area I’d hoped the Library of Congress who’d have solved long ago given they were gifted the data in April 2010. Unfortunately despite the announcement in Jan 2013 that access was weeks away nothing has appeared.

It’s worth stressing that Twitter’s initial pilot will be limited to a small number of proposals, but those who do get access will have the opportunity to “collaborate with Twitter engineers and researchers”. This isn’t the first time Twitter have opened data to researchers having made data available for a Jisc funded project to analyse the London Riot and while I except Twitter end up with a handful of elite researchers/institutions hopefully the pilot will be extended.

Proposals for this pilot need to be in by 15 March. A link is included in the Introducing Twitter Data Grants page.


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  • sheilmcn

    Hi Martin
    Thanks for sharing – do you have time to put in a proposal?

    • Martin Hawksey

      Not really, but I’m more of a small data kind of a guy and my needs are sorted 🙂

  • Martin Lugton (@martinlugton)

    For now it sounds like most of us will have to create our own archives as best we can. TAGS to the rescue ;D

  • Sam Martin

    Thanks for sharing this great news Martin – I’ll throw my hat into the ring for a bid, and see what happens. 🙂

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