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The George Washington University (GW) Libraries, in collaboration with the University of North Texas, Yale University, the Center for Jewish History, and other cultural heritage organizations, will enhance a prototype application developed in 2012 for collecting social media data from Twitter to meet diverse academic research, teaching, and library collection development needs. The prototype application will automate the collection of data from Twitter's API (application programming interface) and makes it possible for scholars, students, and librarians to identify, select, collect, and preserve Twitter data for research purposes at little to no marginal cost. The team’s work will result in a robust, reliable application, implemented and tested in multiple institutions, that is documented and available for use, study, copying, and modification under a free and open source software license.
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