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Archiving Tweets in the DNB (Show & Tell VIII)

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Archiving Tweets in the DNB (Show & Tell VIII)

Lecture and discussion series "Show & Tell – Social Media Data in Research Practice" (online)

Summer Semester Focus: 'Archiving Efforts' – Securing and Long-Term Archiving of Social Media Data

The working group 'Social Media Data', an initiative of NFDI4Culture together with BERD@NFDI, KonsortSWD and Text+ within the framework of the National Research Data Infrastructure, has been organising the lecture and discussion series "Show & Tell – Social Media Data in Research Practice" since the beginning of 2022.

This summer semester we want to deal specifically with archiving and shed light on some specific problems: the time-critical collection and long-term archiving of text and image data from social media and the systematic backup of dynamic and high-frequency content from distributed platforms and apps. Taras Nazaruk (Center for Urban History, Lviv) talked on "Emergency Archiving – Telegram Archive of the War" in our Show & Tell VII.

On 26.05. at 11:00 a.m. we will join in the discussion with Britta Woldering & Claus-Michael Schlesinger (DNB & UB der Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin) on "Tweets archivieren in der DNB" (Show & Tell VIII) (slides):

Twitter und das Twitter-Archiv sind für viele wissenschaftliche Disziplinen eine wichtige Forschungsquelle. Mit der Übernahme durch ein Investorenkonsortium ist die Plattform in Turbulenzen geraten. Twitter hat bereits mit dem Umbau der Plattform begonnen und weitere Änderungen sind zu erwarten. Nutzende haben sich in mehreren Wellen von Twitter distanziert oder ihre Accounts gelöscht. Aufgrund dieser Entwicklungen erscheint der wissenschaftliche Zugriff zunehmend unsicher. Aus kulturgeschichtlicher und archivarischer Sicht ist es dringend erforderlich, wenigstens einen Teil des Twitter-Archivs zu sichern und zu bewahren. Deshalb ruft eine Initiative aus dem Science Data Center for Literature und der Deutschen Nationalbibliothek zu einer konzertierten Aktion zum Herunterladen möglichst aller deutschsprachigen Tweets auf. Wir beschreiben die gemeinsame Initiative und den aktuellen Stand und stellen einige Punkte hinsichtlich der weiteren Perspektiven für die fortgesetzte Archivierung und künftige Bereitstellung zur Diskussion.


Further dates – tbc: Show & Tell IX (23.06.) Katrin Weller (GESIS / CAIS): "Data Sharing in Social Media Research: Insights to Researchers' Practices and Challenges"


Please register here for the zoom room (on selected Fridays at 11:00 a.m. - preferably with an institutional address, the link will be sent shortly before):


The series is dedicated to tools in the field of social media research and wants to highlight best practices of selected projects. In addition to pragmatic solutions and technical possibilities (interfaces, repositories, metadata standards, interoperability ...), the focus is also on ethical and legal challenges (e.g. personal rights and copyrights) in the sustainable, secure and critical handling of this data (code and data literacy, FAIR & CARE principles). Last but not least, we would like to invite you to discuss interdisciplinary research approaches and teaching methods that strain traditional and subject-specific frameworks and tools.

The first talks and discussions of the Show & Tell series took place in the summer term 2022 on 'Twitter Tools', 'Social Media Corpora' and 'Multimodal Data'. In autumn/winter 2022/23 we dealt with 'Reddit Data', 'Memes, Platform Data, and Computer Vision' as well as 'Social Bots' and their detection. The focus of the series was on interfaces and customized tools for collecting, linking and analysing. The aim was to exhaust APIs such as terms of use and to identify intersections between the participating consortia and data communities.


A cooperation series of

BERD@NFDI – Consortium for Business, Economic and Related Data

KonsortSWD – Consortium for the Social, Behavioral, Educational and Economic Sciences

NFDI4Culture – Consortium for research data of tangible and intangible cultural assets

Text+ – Consortium for text- and language-based research data


If you are interested in presenting and discussing your project, repository or research project (probably in the coming semesters), please contact us with a short proposal for a contribution (title, links and a short abstract of three to four lines).

coordination: christoph.eggersgluess (at)

Qualification & Reuse
Event Type
Show & Tell
Digital Humanities
Art History
Media Studies
Christoph Eggersglüß
Task Area 6: Cultural Research Data Academy