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New publication - Using Geotagged Digital Social Data in Geographic Research

This chapter outlines how one might utilize the massive amounts of web-based, geographically-referenced digital social data for geographical research. Because much of these data are user-generated and produced through social media platforms, we also focus on the pitfalls associated with such sources and the benefits of a mixed methods approach to these data. Not only can digital social data be mapped for visual analysis, it is also useful to use a range of quantitative methods to understand relationships between different subsets of the data. In addition, closer, systematic readings via qualitative methods of social data provides insights of particular people’s perceptions and experiences of the world around them. Thus, while making maps is often the starting point for geographers working with this kind of research, it is rarely the end point.

You can see the chapter on Google Books, or download a pre-publication version below.

Poorthuis, A., Zook, M., Shelton, T., Graham, M, and Stephens, M. 2016. Using Geotagged Digital Social Data in Geographic Research. In Key Methods in Geography. eds. Clifford, N., French, S., Cope, M., and Gillespie, T. London: Sage. 248-269.

New article published: "Social Media and the Academy: new publics or public geographies?"

The current issue of Dialogues in Human Geography contains a piece that I wrote in response to Kitchin et. al’s opening article: Public Geographies Through Social Media.

Building on that article, my response highlights three core areas of concern that warrant further discussion. The full abstract is below:

Academia and the networks of knowledge and information that it is embedded in are changing. This response highlights three areas of concern within the coming-togethers of social media and geography. First, although blogs can create the fissures in media/social constellations, they more often than not form an integral part of those very mediascapes. Second, while social media may have allowed for some changing gatekeepers, it remains that the creation and dissemination of information are highly socially and spatially uneven. Finally, we are able to critically reflect on how much change we have actually seen in knowledge flows out of academia and whether we are truly seeing new forms and enactions of public geographies. The paper ultimately argues that while new channels and digital mediations of information might allow us to reach different publics, it remains that our digitally mediated work is far from being public.
The full issue is available over at the DHG website, and a pre-publication version of my article is on SSRN. Happy to hear any comments or critiques that extend the discussion.

Full citation: Graham, M. 2013. Social Media and the Academy: New Publics or Public Geographies? Dialogues in Human Geography 3(1) 77-80.