Conflict and Forced Migration: Social Media as Event Data
March 10, 2023, Friday Postponed to March 17, 2023, Friday
Time: 14.00 – 17.00
Venue: Koç University, Rumelifeneri Campus
Workshop Language: English
Instructors: Dr. H. Akın Ünver
This workshop is built on a recent study on the peculiarities of harvesting social media data to explore armed conflict dynamics in remote, information-scarce regions. Part of a recently published book (Data Science for Migration and Mobility, Oxford University Press, 2022) this chapter introduces a workflow for event extraction from a warzone (Operation Olive Branch area) through January-March 2018 that uses social media data, and benchmarks it against two of the most frequently-used violent event datasets: UCDP/PRIO and ACLED. Ultimately, the workshop uses the code employed for data extraction for this task, and will discuss the benefits and drawbacks of using social media data to explore violent events and forced migration.