What if the next generation of data scientists could have access to social data for their research? And what if we could help increase the quantity and quality of published research using social data? Exploring what might be possible has led to an exciting new collaboration between Twitter and Gnip. Today, we’re announcing the pilot of the Twitter Data Grants program, a new initiative designed to support research and fuel innovation in our industry. (You can find Twitter’s announcement here.)
Beginning today, Twitter is accepting Data Grant proposals for non-commercial, academic research. The submission period will run through March 15th, and Twitter will select a small number of recipients on April 15th. Gnip will provide grantees with the data they need for their research projects, and Twitter engineers will be available for research support.
Gnip is committed to establishing the foundation for the long-term success of the social data industry. In 2012, we launched the Big Boulder Conference, bringing together the leaders in the social data ecosystem to discuss trends, best practices, and how social data is being used to shape current industries and create new ones. In 2013, we launched the Big Boulder Initiative to jointly address the key challenges facing us as an industry.
We’re excited to partner with Twitter on the Data Grants program and look forward to working more closely with researchers in the academic community. We also want to thank these researchers for the valuable insights and feedback that they’ve shared with us to date. This is an important first step and we’re just getting started.
To get updates and stay in touch with the Twitter Data Grants program, make sure to follow @TwitterEng, or email firstname.lastname@example.org with questions.