As part of the STI Conference 2018, *metrics team members Isabella Peters and Katrin Weller will be organizing a special track on the topic “Challenges of Social Media Data for Bibliometrics”.
This specialized track focuses on the ongoing challenges for using data from social media platforms and from third party aggregators as sources for research metrics and scientometric indicators. These challenges include but are not limited to:
platform-based restrictions in accessing social media data and potential biases resulting from limited access (also: biases introduced by data aggregators)
black boxes, hidden algorithms, and lack of information about collection processes and context affecting the use of social media data and data aggregators
lack of understanding of user activities (e.g. motivations to retweet, like, share) and user groups in academic contexts
incomplete data (e.g. due to missing DOIs or identifiers not tracked by aggregators) and noise (e.g.due to bot-activity)