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Goncalves, Jorge (2016) RDV : an easy to use data visualisation tool for Reddit. In: The 2016 Internet, Policy & Politics Conference (IPP’16), pp 1-14.

RDV : an easy to use data visualisation tool for Reddit

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Author: Goncalves, Jorge1
Organizations: 1Center for Ubiquitous Computing, University of Oulu
Format: article
Version: published version
Access: open
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Language: English
Published: Oxford Internet Institute, University of Oxford, 2016
Publish Date: 2018-05-25


With the rapid proliferation of social media sites, researchers have increasingly turned to data generated from these platforms to investigate human behaviour. In this paper we report the design and implementation of the RDV (Reddit Data Visualisation) platform, a visualisation tool aimed at facilitating the analysis of a publicly available Reddit dataset, which contains ~1.7 billion JSON objects collected from October 2007 to October 2015. RDV allows for researchers without advanced coding skills to easily analyse this dataset, while also providing a tailor-made platform to account for the intricacies of any dataset originating from Reddit. We showcase the features of the platform through two examples of data analysis using the Reddit dataset within the scope of Policy and Politics: 1) the 2015 nationwide ruling legalising same-sex marriage in the United States of America, and 2) the 2015 United Kingdom general elections. Finally, we conclude by discussing the need for better and simpler visualisation tools for researchers to analyse Big Online Behavioural Datasets, and report our ongoing work in this area.

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Host publication: The 2016 Internet, Policy & Politics Conference (IPP’16)
Conference: Internet, Policy & Politics Conferences
Type of Publication: D3 Professional conference proceedings
Field of Science: 113 Computer and information sciences
Funding: This work is partially funded by the Academy of Finland (Grants 276786-AWARE, 285062-iCYCLE, 286386-CPDSS, 285459-iSCIENCE), and the European Commission (Grants PCIG11-GA-2012-322138, 645706-GRAGE, and 6AIKA-A71143-AKAI).
EU Grant Number: (322138) URBANMOB - Modelling Urban Mobility in City-Scale Ubiquitous Systems
(645706) GRAGE - Grey and green in Europe: elderly living in urban areas
Academy of Finland Grant Number: 276786
Detailed Information: 276786 (Academy of Finland Funding decision)
285062 (Academy of Finland Funding decision)
286386 (Academy of Finland Funding decision)
285459 (Academy of Finland Funding decision)
Copyright information: © 2016 Jorge Goncalves and Oxford Internet Institute, University of Oxford. Published in this repository with the kind permission of the publisher.