The Observatory on Social Media
OSoMe (awe•some) highlights the results of a broad research project aimed to study information diffusion in social media. Use our tools to explore how people spread ideas through online social networks.
IUNI's new web-based free tool advances effort to reduce harmful impact of news hoaxes in society
Professor Santo Fortunato (IUB, SOIC, Informatics) has been named a scientific director of the Indiana University Network Science Institute. Fortunato joins Bernice Pescosolido (IUB, Sociology), Olaf Sporns (IUB, Psychology and Brain Sciences), and Andy Saykin (IUSOM, Radiology and Imaging Sciences) in shaping the activities of the institute led by Executive Director Patty Mabry.
In the IU podcast series Through the Gates at IU, IUB Professor Filippo Menczer (SOIC, Computer Science and Informatics) joins hosts Jim and Janae in the studio to discuss one of the election season's hottest topics—the rise of Twitter bots.
IUNI Affiliate Fil Menczer (SOIC, Computer Science and Informatics) discusses the tools available to address misinformation in social media and the need for more research to understand how it spreads.
IUNI's Fil Menczer (SOIC, Computer Science and Informatics) talks to PBS about the growth of "bots" on social media and how they are influencing political discourse.
IUNI Affiliates Brea Perry (COAS, Sociology) and Yong-Yeol Ahn (SOIC, Informatics) were awarded a $1.4 million grant from the National Institute on Drug Abuse for a study that will use social network analysis to examine "doctor shopping," in which patients visit multiple physicians to get prescriptions for controlled substances.
IUNI Co-Scientific Director Pescosolido (COAS, Sociology) is one of 79 faculty elected this year, and is only the second on the Indiana University Bloomington campus.
The award — a part of a major new initiative from the National Science Foundation and White House to “create a national ecosystem for Big Data and Data Science” — is a symbol of IU’s progression toward leadership in the field of both neuroscience and big data science. It is also part of $11 million in federal grants announced today to advance research and create infrastructure designed to ensure data acquired by publicly funded basic research is effectively shared and used.