During GLAMSLAM 2018, I was approached by Deb Verhoeven to collect and analyse the Twitter action from #GLAMSLAM2018.

Never having done this before, it was a new experience but a fun one. I downloaded RStudio, got a Github account, signed up as a developer through the Twitter API and got cracking. If you want to know more about how I did this check the notes on my Github account.

Let me apologise in advance for the graphics, I would have loved to do a flashy infographic for you all but I ran out of time. If there’s anyone out there who does have time it would be great to see this in infographic form.

I harvested #GLAMSLAM2018 tweets starting from 21/02/2018 going until 02/03/2018. I saved them into a .CSV and deleted the ‘spammy’ tweets that weren’t conference relevant. I ended up with a data set that includes 597 tweets made during or after the conference and 466 retweets for a total of 1063 tweets.

I colour coded the Tweets by sector: Historian/Researcher, Archives, Museum, Gallery, Library, Software/Programming and unknown. This was problematic as many individuals work across different fields but I tried to categorize accounts as they described themselves in their Twitter profile. Here are the results of that analysis:

Total Number of Tweets by Sector
Historian/Researcher

432

Library

271

Archives

155

Museum

125

Gallery

8

Software/Programming

8

Unknown

64

Total

1063

tweets by sector

As you can see, the biggest group by far of the GLAM tweeters are the historians and researchers, which funnily enough aren’t represented in the acronym GLAM. I am proud to say that libraries came in as second, followed by archives.

Here are some analysis point that came from the RTweet application:

The Twitter word cloud below shows that ‘digital’, ‘collections’ and ‘access’ were frequently mentioned in tweets. You can also see that keynote speaker Sarah Ogilvie featured in many of the tweets.

GLAMSLAM2018_WordCloud_Small
Twitter Word Cloud

 

The most prolific tweeter of the day was @OzAlleyCat aka military historian Catherine C. Turner.

GLAMSLAM2018_TopTweeters

Another interesting fact… the GLAM tweeters love to tweet using their iPhones:

GLAMSLAM2018_Source

GLAMSLAM2018 Top Retweets

screen_name text retweet_count
lizatthelibrary Stanford dropped funding for MOOCs after they realised it wasn’t democratising Education, but was being accessed by white males in affluent countries with masters degrees @ogilviewords #glamslam2018 31
statelibrarynsw Smaller GLAM organisations may find these Digital Practice guidelines for Public Libraries useful! #GlamSlam2018 https://t.co/pX4t8mX6c5 23
statelibrarynsw We would love the humanities sector to experiment with our collections – new interpretations, new uses and serendipitous experiences! A great message for the end of our #glamslam2018 day @bestqualitycrab 21
jinglefrisbee Oh no someone is unironically calling the GLAM sector “Switzerland” and a safe space for dangerous conversations. I disagree, we aren’t a safe space for everyone and we aren’t neutral. #glamslam2018 21
cap_and_gown Hands up who think the arts provides a richer and more meaningful life? #glamslam2018 https://t.co/dwTj0vxKVw 20
jinglefrisbee Marcus Hughes from @maasmuseum now repudiating the idea of GLAM as a safe space but telling truth about exploitation of First Nations culture by GLAM. How complicit have we become & what are our choices? #glamslam2018 17
mikejonesmelb Ogilvie asking how the larger, better funded members of the GLAM Fam can help support others, not just locally but globally. A single networked collection of materials around the world. #glamslam2018 16
jessmcdnor FYI: Trigger warnings are not censorship! Breann Fallon says it helps students engage, it doesn’t make them disengage as feared #GLAMSLAM2018 https://t.co/SQJlsKpBpX 13
sallyturbitt GLAM orgs are repositories or places of human expression has descended and we are the caretakers. We care for it on behalf of the community, it’s not our stuff. #glamslam2018 @GionniDG 11
BonnieWildie “I’ve got young people who want a job. I don’t want them to be volunteers. I want to employ them.”

Yes! Let’s have this conversation, please.
#glamslam2018

10

GLAMSLAM2018 Top Favourites

screen_name text favorite_count
jinglefrisbee Oh no someone is unironically calling the GLAM sector “Switzerland” and a safe space for dangerous conversations. I disagree, we aren’t a safe space for everyone and we aren’t neutral. #glamslam2018 91
cap_and_gown Hands up who think the arts provides a richer and more meaningful life? #glamslam2018 https://t.co/dwTj0vxKVw 71
jessmcdnor FYI: Trigger warnings are not censorship! Breann Fallon says it helps students engage, it doesn’t make them disengage as feared #GLAMSLAM2018 https://t.co/SQJlsKpBpX 34
jinglefrisbee Marcus Hughes from @maasmuseum now repudiating the idea of GLAM as a safe space but telling truth about exploitation of First Nations culture by GLAM. How complicit have we become & what are our choices? #glamslam2018 33
lizatthelibrary Stanford dropped funding for MOOCs after they realised it wasn’t democratising Education, but was being accessed by white males in affluent countries with masters degrees @ogilviewords #glamslam2018 32
statelibrarynsw We would love the humanities sector to experiment with our collections – new interpretations, new uses and serendipitous experiences! A great message for the end of our #glamslam2018 day @bestqualitycrab 29
BonnieWildie “I’ve got young people who want a job. I don’t want them to be volunteers. I want to employ them.”

Yes! Let’s have this conversation, please.
#glamslam2018

29
statelibrarynsw We’re heading off to #glamslam2018 – ready to share our ideas and projects with the GLAM community. Anticipating a great day! https://t.co/pIAZMuBF2U 29
cap_and_gown Look at you all! Fantastic GLAMSLAMMERS at #glamslam2018 https://t.co/2oO4VYaIOp 25
mikejonesmelb Ogilvie asking how the larger, better funded members of the GLAM Fam can help support others, not just locally but globally. A single networked collection of materials around the world. #glamslam2018 22

Want to see a visualization of the Twitter network? I was going to do one but someone beat me to it! Check out this one from Stuart Palmer:

Twitter Network Visualization

Hope you enjoyed the Twitter analysis. If you want to see the data and my colour coded file you can download it here. Please let me know what you think!

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