Our Projects

A New Map of Syria

Mar 29 2013

Social media supports the formation of communities that span traditional borders and link together people around topical events. When the topic of discussion is a particular state we can refer to these connected virtual communities as the polycentric virtual equivalent of the corresponding state. Echoing President Kennedy’s Ich bin ein Berliner speech of June 1963, […]

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Occupy Wall Street (OWS)

Mar 29 2013

On November 17th, 2011, on its second month anniversary, the OWS movement planned a series of organized activities across Manhattan and the five boroughs of New York City, as a demonstration and celebration of its commitment to action. This was not a spontaneous demonstration, but rather a well-organized event with a set schedule, advertised broadly […]

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#Repeat: The Presidential Inauguration

Jan 21 2013

“The National Mall is now a sea of American flags, waving in celebration of @BarackObama and @VP Biden.”

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Twitter Nation Feels East Coast Earthquake

Aug 23 2011

‘OMG earthquake!’ That is a report from a new type of seismograph, with two feet, two hands, (fully-functioning brain optional) and a Twitter account! Twitter users responded massively to the Mineral, VA earthquake in August 2011. The movie shown here depicts the locations of Twitter references to the earthquake. The early reports are all from […]

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Demarcating New Boundaries: Mapping Virtual Polycentric Communities through Social Media Content

The proliferation of social media has led to the emergence of a new type of geospatial information that defies the conventions of authoritative or volunteered geographic information, yet can be harvested to reveal unique and dynamic information about people and their activities.