Twitter Data Collection tools released

I have released the Java programs that I’ve been using to collect data from Twitter for my PhD since November 2009.

It is suite of programs that use the Twitter Search API and Twitter Stream API to get tweets and then store them in a mySQL database. They have been tested on Mac OS X and Debian Linux.

The Java source is split into 9 Eclipse projects using Maven to bring in the external library dependencies.

For people who just want to use the tools, I’ve included the runnable Java files for the main modules and the shell scripts and a suggested cron file to run them in the Example directory. The README.MD file in the Example directory has instructions on how to create the mySQL databases and configuration files.

The tStreamingArchiver project code is available on GitHub:

Please tell me if you find it useful.

2012 ANU Award for Excellence in Tutoring or Demonstrating

On June 18th I was awarded the 2012 ANU Award for Excellence in Tutoring or Demonstrating.

The award was presented by DVC (Academic) Professor Marnie Hughes-Warrington at a celebration during ResearchFest. I was one of three joint winners to receive the award, from a pool of 38 nominees and hundreds of ANU tutors and demonstrators.

Photo by Erin Walsh: DVC (Academic) Professor Marnie Hughes-Warrington presents Brenda with her award certificate.

Description of the award from the ANU ResearchFest website:

Much of the small group teaching done at ANU is by HDR students as tutors and demonstrators. Many tutors and demonstrators are the ‘face’ of the university for their students, and hence their role as teachers is vitally important. The Award for Excellence in Tutoring or Demonstrating recognises outstanding contributions to teaching and learning at ANU.

I am tutor and sessional lecturer for SCOM1001 Science and Public Awareness and SCOM8012 Science Communication and the Web.

Other reports about the award:

My earlier message on Twitter: