Book chapters

Ackland, R. and J. Zhu (2015), "Social Network Analysis," in P. Halfpenny and R. Procter (eds) Innovations in Digital Research Methods, SAGE Publications. (download pre-print)

Other publications

Ackland, R. and K. Tanaka (2015), "Development Impact of Social Media," background report for World Bank World Development Report 2016: Digital Dividends. (link to background report on WB site)

Graham, T. and R. Ackland (2015) - SocialMediaLab R package for collecting and constructing networks from social media data. (link to page on CRAN)

Working papers

Ackland, R (2015), "Testing for the Existence of a Representative Interest Actor," paper presented at 6th Workshop on Information in Networks (WIN), New York University Stern School of Business, 2-3 October 2015.

O'Neil, M. and R. Ackland (2015), “Competition in an Online Social Movement Field,” revise and resubmit.

Ackland, R., O'Neil, M. and C. Pérez,  (2015), "Tweeting the Frame: Frames and Fields in the Age of the Networked Individual," in preparation.

Conference/workshop/seminar presentations

April 2015 - Robert Ackland presented on "Big Data in the Social Sciences: Challenges, Opportunities and Tools" to the ACT Chapter of Institute of Analytics Professionals of Australia (IAPA), 29 April 2015. (download presentation)

April 2015 - Robert Ackland and Kyosuke Tanaka presented on "Social Media and Development" at the "Information and Communication Technologies in Melanesia - Building a Research Community" workshop, held at ANU, 21 April.

May 2015 - Robert Ackland gave presentation (via skype) on "Using R for Social Media Analytics" at the Tools for Teaching and Learning of Social Media Analytics Blue Sky workshop at the 2015 International Communication Association conference (San Juan, Puerto Rico, 21-25 May). (download presentation)

September 2015 - Robert Ackland presented on "Using Big Data to study society: Abortion debate on the Web Eating disorder communities on Twitter" at the Centre for Behavioural Research in Cancer, Cancer Council Victoria, 8 September.

September 2015 - Robert Ackland presented on "VOSON Lab Overview and Research on Fields and Frames on Twitter" at the Department of Communication, Ghent University, 28 September.

September 2015 - Robert Ackland presented on "VOSON Lab Overview and Research on Social Dynamics in Eating Disorder Communities on Twitter" at the Web Science Institute, University of Southampton, 29 September.

November 2015 - at the "Computational approaches to studying networks in text, language and society" workshop there were the following presentations by VOSON Lab affiliates:

  • Haris Memic - Discussion on Possibilities and Challenges of Dynamic Network Analysis Illustrated on a Twitter Advocacy Network
  • Mahin Raissi - Actual friends on Facebook
  • Robert Ackland - Social Dynamics in Eating Disorder Communities on Twitter

December 2015 - Haris Memic presented on "Introduction to Dynamic Social Network Analysis with Tnet" at the IR & Friends seminar series at CSIRO.

December 2015 - Robert Ackland presented on "Adaptive Sampling from Large Scale Online Networks," at the ANU Centre for Social Research & Methods seminar, 2 December.

Events organised

5 November 2015 - "Computational approaches to studying networks in text, language and society" workshop held at ANU (organised by R. Ackland), funded with ANU College of Arts and Social Sciences grant for "Obtaining new insight from big data: Humanities and social science research at scale". (workshop program)

Training programs

29 June - 3 July 2015 - "Big Data Analysis for Social Scientists" 5-day course held at the ACSPRI 2015 Winter Program, University of Queensland (co-taught by R. Ackland and Tim Graham). (ACSPRI page) (course webpage)

14-17 July - "Big Data Analysis in R" training session held at ANU (co-taught by R. Ackland and Tim Graham). (course webpage)

27 October - Robert Ackland gave a guest lecture on "The Social Scientists Role in the Era of Big Data" at the "Big Data and the Policy Process" short course held at the ANU.