TwitterPoliticians.org provides a view into the politics of 26 countries through the activities of parliamentarians on Twitter. The platform is based on the idea that the way politicians tweet, retweet and mention each other can give important insights into politics within and across countries.
TwitterPoliticians.org is based on a freely available, manually validated database of parliamentarians on Twitter. The database includes parliamentarians from all European Union countries where over 45% of parliamentarians are on Twitter as well as a selection of English-speaking countries.
This database aims to move beyond the one-off nature of most current Twitter-based research, toward systematic and rigorous comparative and transnational analysis. To achieve this, the database combines Twitter data with a range of other information sources, including the Manifesto Project Database, the Electoral System Design Database, the Parliaments and Governments Database, and the Chapel Hill Expert Survey. This allows linking politicians’ behavior on Twitter – what they write, who they retweet, what sources they use, and so on – with detailed information about their party, their country’s political system, and much more.
The database can thus be used to examine everything between grand issues like emerging political fault lines or trivial issues like whether parliamentarians tweet during office hours.
To read more about the database, see our publications.
ODYCCEUS is a European Union's Horizon 2020 research and innovation project focused on using digital data to understand and analyze important societal and cultural conflicts.
ODYCCEUS stands for Opinion Dynamics and Cultural Conflict in European Spaces. The project seeks conceptual breakthroughs in understanding cultural conflicts through modeling and data analysis, by linking theoretical insights with digital data modeling. This includes a fine-grained representation of cultural conflicts based on conceptual spaces and sophisticated text analysis, extensions of game theory to handle games with both divergent interests and divergent mindsets, and new models of alignment and polarization dynamics.
TwitterPoliticians.org is part of the larger Penelope software ecosystem, that provides a number of components and tools - from data scraping from social media and digital sources, to visualization of the analyses and models, to text and network analysis - for analyzing conflicts through digital data.
TwitterPoliticans.org is a collaboration between Political Sociology at University of Amsterdam and Complex Systems at Chalmers University of Technology in Sweden. Data collection, research and analysis is primarily located at University of Amsterdam, while the platform development takes place at Chalmers.
Petter is postdoc researcher in Complex Systems at Chalmers University of Technology and affiliated with Urban Geography at the University of Amsterdam. Petters research lies at the intersection between social science and complex systems, with a focus on conflict, power and identity through the lens of digital trace data, combining computational methods with qualitative approaches. Petter is responsible for the TwitterPoliticians.org platform development at Chalmers.
Justus is Professor of Urban Geography at the University of Amsterdam and affiliated with the Sociology Department at the same university. As a relational sociologist, Uitermark focuses on networks: what sorts of networks do people form to resolve their collective problems and achieve their goals vis-à-vis others? In earlier research, Justus used network analysis to study how politicians and opinion makers form coalitions and engage in conflict. Justus leads the ODYCCEUS research team at UvA’s Sociology Department.