NESTA Award Funding to UPSI to Research Data Driven Methods for Understanding Below the Radar Activity in the 'Social Economy'

UPSI has been awarded funding by NESTA to examine how social media leads to forms of 'spontaneous community mobilisation’ after major crime events focusing on case study of social media data from the murder of Lee Rigby in Woolwich last year. The project will use data collected from social media streams that relate to the Lee Rigby incident including Twitter, Facebook, Youtube, blogs and newsfeeds since the event in 2013. Data will be analysed using a suite of innovative tools known as Sentinel which identifies, analyses and collects information on Who, What, When, Where and Why in social media sources to identify key events surround the murder of Lee Rigby and the subsequent community actions taken.

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