Capturing the Scottish Independence Referendum on social media

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In the light of the upcoming Scottish Independence Referendum on 18 Sept, 2014, RGU a member of the SocialSensor consortium based in Scotland, has adapted some of its work on trending topics and identification of influencers in social networks for this purpose. 

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The following links can direct you to the prototype for the Scottish Independence Referendum with some of RGU's recent research where you can try clicking on a trending topic. The default is a 'static' version here:

The animated one is here:

and there is a 'monitor' version here: (best viewed with Google Chrome)

This last one is designed to be used without interaction, so it immediately picks a random story and shows the tweets/images from it. Users can still click on the links, but they don't have to. The links demonstrate RGU's research in identifying trending topics in real-time within social media, considering newshounds and influencers, incorporating context awareness and adapting to particular areas of interests or domains. In developing information systems, RGU follows a user-centred evaluation particularly considering the relevance of content.

The team expertise in this initiative:

 Dr. Carlos Martin Dancausa - trending topics and social media, probabilistic models

Dr. David Corney - newshounds, machine learning, data analysis, benchmarking

Dr. Michael Heron - graphical user interface and integration

Dr. Malcolm Clark - evaluation of content use and interfaces

Prof. Ayse Goker - Team leader

This work builds on on-going results from the EU Socialsensor project.