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Twitter Time Machine

WSRC @ RPI Team Wins "Best Poster" at WebSci 2019!

Twitter Time Machine: A Multidimensional Immersive
Exploration Environment for the TwitterSphere

Alex Mankowski, Sarah McRae, Brian Maher, John S. Erickson

Twitter Time Machine (TTM) is an immersive environment for discursive analysis of social media crisis response through multidimensional, interactive analysis. Utilizing curated #BlackLivesMatter (BLM) Twitter data and motivated by previous work that identified and examined interactions between sub-communities in the BLM twittersphere, the Twitter Time Machine integrates network analysis, visualization, multi-channel Twitter stream presentation and content study to create a dashboard to help researchers identify and understand the influence of marginalized counterpublics during event-triggered networked public discourse and debate.

TTM runs on the Rensselaer IDEA Campfire, a multi-user, collaborative, immersive computing interface. Campfire is a desk-height, 10-foot panoramic screen (the Wall) and floor projection (Floor) that users gather around and look into, maintaining contact with one another with no artificial or virtual barriers between themselves as they observe and engage with presentations and applications. Two large monitors adjacent to the Campfire complement the integrated Wall and Floor visualizations with appropriate content, enabling investigators to be fully immersed in their exploratory tasks. For more information see the poster

About the Web Science Research Center at RPI

The Web Science Research Center at RPI is a founding member of the Web Science Network of Laboratories (WSTNet) established by the Web Science Trust. WSRC is part of a global alliance of research institutions:

The RPI Web Science Center is affiliated with the Tetherless World Constellation a leader in Semantic Web and Web Science research and technologies.

What is Web Science?

Web Science is the study of the World Wide Web and its impact on both society and technology, positioning the Web as an object of scientific study unto itself. Web Science recognizes the Web as a transformational, disruptive technology; its practitioners study the Web, its components, facets and characteristics. Ultimately, Web Science is about understanding the Web and anticipating how it might evolve in the future. (Read More..)

NEW: Many of our weekly TWed Talks and IDEA Talks discuss topics of interest to web science. Check out our archive of TWed videos on the TWC YouTube channel!


Tetherless WSRC Leadership
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Director: Deborah L. McGuinness
Deputy Director: John S. Erickson



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