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ATNIX: Australian Twitter News Index, February 2015

ATNIX: Australian Twitter News Index, February 2015

Snurb, 15 March 2015
February 2015 has been a tumultuous month in Australian news, not least because of the continuing leadership debate (and defeated spill motion) in the federal Liberal Party following the LNP’s unexpected defeat in the Queensland state [...]

Using Gawk to Prepare TCAT Data for Tableau, Part 2

Using Gawk to Prepare TCAT Data for Tableau, Part 2

Snurb, 2 March 2015
In my previous post, I introduced a new set of Gawk scripts to extract a range of additional information from standard TCAT datafiles, in order to enable their use for data exploration, analysis, and visualisation in [...]

Using Gawk to Prepare TCAT Data for Tableau, Part 1

Using Gawk to Prepare TCAT Data for Tableau, Part 1

Snurb, 2 March 2015
Much of the research we’ve presented on this site over the years has built on yourTwapperkeeper, our trusty old tool for gathering Twitter data. But yTK isn’t the most modern of platforms any more, provides only [...]

ATNIX: Australian Twitter News Index, January 2015

ATNIX: Australian Twitter News Index, January 2015

Snurb, 20 February 2015
Ordinarily, January is a relatively slow news month in Australia. That’s far from true for January 2015, however: first, the Queensland premier Campbell Newman surprised journalists, the opposition, and quite a few of his own colleagues [...]

#libspill: A Helpful Social Media Overview

#libspill: A Helpful Social Media Overview

Snurb, 5 February 2015
You might have been forgiven for thinking that the time between the Queensland state election in January and the New South Wales state election in March would be a little quiet, politically speaking – with the [...]

#qldvotes: A Final Social Media Round-Up

#qldvotes: A Final Social Media Round-Up

Snurb, 2 February 2015
By any measure, it’s been an extraordinary weekend here in Queensland. The same electoral tsunami that brought the LNP to power in March 2012 has washed the government away again in January 2015. Premier Campbell Newman [...]

#qldvotes: Final-Week Update on Social Media Activities

#qldvotes: Final-Week Update on Social Media Activities

Snurb, 28 January 2015
This year’s Queensland state election campaign may be very brief, but it’s certainly been action-packed. In my previous post I provided an overview of what were roughly the first two weeks of the campaign; mid-way through [...]

Twitter in the Queensland State Election, Two Weeks In

Twitter in the Queensland State Election, Two Weeks In

Snurb, 20 January 2015
Somewhat earlier than expected, Queensland finds itself in the throes of a very tightly contested state election campaign, which was called on 6 January and concludes with election day on 31 January. Just like candidates and [...]

ATNIX: Australian Twitter News Index, December 2014

ATNIX: Australian Twitter News Index, December 2014

Snurb, 17 January 2015
The final ATNIX for 2014 arrives with a slight delay due to the summer holidays, but covers an unexpectedly dramatic few weeks in Australian public life, due especially to the deadly siege in the Lindt Café [...]

ATNIX: Australian Twitter News Index, November 2014

ATNIX: Australian Twitter News Index, November 2014

Snurb, 19 December 2014
With the drama and excitements of the Melbourne Cup and G20 summit receding into memory, and the current trials and tribulations of the federal government taking centre-stage once again, it’s time to update our Australian Twitter [...]