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Seminar: 1.07.0691 Politikfeldanalyse: Digital Governance - Doing research using digital trace data - Details
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Course name Seminar: 1.07.0691 Politikfeldanalyse: Digital Governance - Doing research using digital trace data
Course number 1.07.0691
Semester Sommersemester 2021
Current number of participants 7
expected number of participants 40
Home institute Department of Social Sciences
Courses type Seminar in category Teaching
First date Fri., 16.04.2021 10:00 - 12:00, Room: (online)
Type/Form S 2SWS
Lehrsprache englisch
Miscellanea Recommended Readings
– Wickham, Hadley and Garrett Grolemund. 2016. R for Data Science: Import, Tidy, Transform, Visualize, and Model Data, O'Reilly Media
– Jürgens, Pascal and Andreas Jungherr. 2016. A Tutorial for Using Twitter Data in the Social Sciences: Data Collection, Preparation, and Analysis (Available at SSRN:
– Twitter developer documentation:
ECTS points 3

Course location / Course dates

(online) Friday: 10:00 - 12:00, weekly (14x)

Module assignments

  • Campusmanagementsystem Stud.IP
    • Social Studies - Bachelor's Programme
    • Social Studies - Dual-Subject Bachelor's Programme
    • European Studies in Global Perspectives - kein Abschluss-Studiengang


The wave of digitalization has changed the way of governance. Public authorities utilize their online channels in diverse way, e.g., announcing the policy, participating in public discourse, communicating with public etc. This course introduces technical skills to collect and analyze such digital footprints. More concretely, this course introduces Twitter API and provides multiple examples of collecting and analyzing Twitter data in R.
The course will start with general introduction of Twitter's API, available data and limitations. Subsequently, participants will learn how to collect diverse types of Twitter data (e.g., user timelines, tweets including certain keywords). To analyze collecting data, the course will discuss summary statistics of interested features, text analysis and simple network analysis (e.g. retweet network). Along with the data analysis, diverse possibilities for visualization will be demonstrated as well. During the course, students collect and analyze Twitter data based on their own research question (individually or in a small group). At the end of the course, students submit a report that summarize the process of data collection and analysis results.
The course is held in English. Previous experience in R is preferable but not required.

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