Subject and sentiment mapping at conferences and workshops

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Mar 16, 2010, 9:57:45 AM3/16/10
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I've been to quite a few conferences recently and enjoyed using
Twitter to enhance my experience.

As a medium and a platform Twitter is uniquely suited to conference
coverage. I've personally found it fantastic for navigating what's hot
at mass meetings, for over hearing what is going on in parallel
sessions and for interacting and contributing with other attendees.

But surely that data (the tweets themselves) have a use after the

- Who said what and when?
- What were the most talked about topics?
- Which sessions had the biggest buzz?

Please explore this example from the National Digital Inclusion
conference 2010. I have used TwapperKeeper to create an RSS archive of
tweet data (on the #NDI10 hashtag) which I then exported to a .tar
file (beta pilot) and from there into a spreadsheet

I wondered if a flash based tool could be used to map sentiment by
session/topic by giving positive/negative meanings to words and
applying this to tweet traffic. Perhaps some real meaning and value
could come out of conferences that anyone can access and use. Could we
provide something beyond the press releases and corporate web channels
that focus on raising profile more than solving problems?

Please do give feedback on this idea.



p.s. I also blogged about this here:

Ewan McIntosh

Mar 16, 2010, 10:06:25 AM3/16/10
This kind of sentiment detection worked really well for 4iP-supported Festbuzz ( during the Edinburgh Festivals. The team behind it produce similar systems for other festivals, conference clients etc...


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Christopher Gutteridge

Mar 16, 2010, 10:05:39 AM3/16/10
to, Dave Challis, Mark Borkum
Related work on twitter analysis:
Shredded Tweet: (Mark

& using twitter to monitor changes in a community over the course of an
event (Dave Challis)

Christopher Gutteridge --

Lead Developer, EPrints Project,

Web Projects Manager, School of Electronics and Computer Science,
University of Southampton.

Andy Turner

Mar 16, 2010, 11:20:34 AM3/16/10
Twitter is clearly one of the more popular Microblogging services, but OpenMicroblogging is the way forward IMHO.

Best wishes,


Andy Powell

Mar 16, 2010, 11:29:31 AM3/16/10
Not quite what you are looking for, and it's very primitive in comparison to the kind of analysis you suggest, but you can see a summary of the #NDI10 tweets at:

(In theory this will work for any TwapperKeeper archive but I haven't made any attempt to test it properly).


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Mar 16, 2010, 3:35:48 PM3/16/10
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Cheers Andy. It's a damn good start.

I really like it!

Do you have any plans to develop it further?


Martin Nolan

Mar 16, 2010, 4:07:26 PM3/16/10
Hi all,

We've created a couple of website's (and have the rest of the city domains
registered - I know my fingers hurt now). We are looking at ways of
incorporating or expanding the power/use of these websites to the general
public by incorporating government (and any other) useful information.

As an example we would like to enhance
ford-area.html in order to link out to the primary school sats, secondary
school average grades and so on.

I would very much welcome any ideas, links to data sources or help in making
these sites become a really powerful resource.



Martin Nolan | Managing Director | Crash Media Group Ltd
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Fax: 0870 350 5088
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Ade Stevenson

Mar 17, 2010, 5:19:46 AM3/17/10
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Hi Andy

Looks really good.

Are the figures after the names the total number of tweets, or am I
being dim (e.g. in top 10 tweeters)? If so, on a test on I'm not sure
the figures are coming out right, as I def tweeted more than 4 times.
Does look really good though, and presume that'sa minor blip.

Adrian Stevenson
UKOLN Research and Development Team
University of Bath

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Richard Wallis

Mar 17, 2010, 6:00:21 AM3/17/10
With reference to schools, check out what Stuart Harrison has been up to at Lichfield District Council:

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