What More Can We Do with Social Media Data? Library’s Data Literacy Series Introduces a New Tool

Check the recent news featuring Prof. Bruno Abrahao, CITIES Co-Investigator. 

From posts to tweets to chats, likes to shares, humans are producing a massive amount of data on social media every day. The microblogging site Twitter, with 400 million users alone, allows users with programming skills to extract data from their site through a number of Application Programming Interfaces (APIs). What can we learn from this data – and can it be used safely to make the world a better place?  

On November 18,  four speakers from Toronto, Seattle, Jakarta, and Shanghai gathered to consider these questions at the panel sponsored by the NYU Shanghai Library, Social Media for Social Good: Twitter API Deciphered in Small Bytes. The speakers described how analyzing data extracted from Twitter informed their research on issues such as migration, mental illness, and disaster prevention and relief. 

“Despite its limitations, publicly-available big data like Twitter provides researchers an opportunity to understand deep problems at low cost without intruding on individuals’ privacy. It can transform the way we understand ourselves and the world,” said Assistant Professor of Information Systems and Business Analytics Bruno Abrahao, who shared how he and his team used Twitter as a“giant clinical trial on the web” to develop methods to aid the treatment of depression

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Where white people go, where Black people go: Cellphone data reveals how segregated Bostonians are in their movements

CITIES’ Researchers, the Principal Investigator and NYUAD Prof. Kinga Reka Makovi, Co-Investigator and NYUSH Prof. Bruno Abrahao and Post-Doctoral Associate Thomas Marlow have their research covered in The Boston Globe’s article “Where white people go, where Black people go: Cellphone data reveals how segregated Bostonians are in their movements.” They contribute to “stunning” findings from a new atlas of American mobility.

Click the link for more information: https://www.bostonglobe.com/2021/10/29/opinion/where-white-people-go-where-black-people-go-cellphone-data-reveals-how-segregated-bostonians-are-their-movements/.

Understanding the Critical Role of the Business Model Canvas

CITIES Workshop in Collaboration with Prof. Uwe W. Schulz

Have you ever thought about “Invention” vs “Innovation” and the “Valley of Death” between Academia and Industry? Join the CITIES Workshop with Prof. Uwe Schulz to understand how innovation contributes to the business’s success.

After this workshop, students will be able to apply the Business Model Canvas to their own situation.

Date: Oct. 31st, 2021
Time: 5:00 pm – 6:45 pm (GST)

The in-person session at A1-004 is limited to 15 people with registration. Also, there is a synchronous online session at zoom https://lnkd.in/dwsPfDax.

Please register for both in-person and online format at https://lnkd.in/dWzVxN_i.

The Inclusive Urban Ingenuity Symposium

Upcoming events at Expo 2020 Dubai!

The Inclusive Urban Ingenuity Symposium acts as a catalyzing platform and significant ‘trend-setters’: women (and supporters) in architecture, engineering, construction, urban planning, sustainable design and building, design, and allied professions. It aims to generate a network of women’s empowerment stakeholders from industry, academia, and government, and the wider public.

Date: 2-3 November 2021
Location: Australian Pavilion & Women’s Pavilion

Whole program link: https://www.ingenious-women-initiative.org/symposium/