Illuminating 2016 is a computational journalism project that will empower journalists covering the 2016 presidential campaign. Political reporters must cover not only stump speeches, campaign events, and TV ads, but also what is happening on social media. Covering it increases transparency and accountability of the campaigns, and is a way to take the pulse of the electorate. The sheer volume of information that flows through social media, however, makes it challenging to report accurately and comprehensively. Our goal is to help journalists in that important work by providing a useable yet comprehensive summary of the content and sentiment—that goes beyond counting likes or retweets. Illuminating 2016 will enable political journalists an insightful yet accessible summation of the important political conversation online.
This project is supported by the Knight Foundation, the Tow Center for Digital Journalism at Columbia University, the Center for Computational and Data Sciences and the BITS Lab at the School of Information Studies at Syracuse University
The Field Data Repository (FDR) is an archive for digital data of all types, but with a focus on non-numeric types of data.
The CORA (Citation Opinion Retrieval and Analysis) project aims to build an automated tool that can plug into a full-text bibliographic database, extract citation statements toward a cited article, separate substantial citations from perfunctory ones, and categorize substantial citation opinions by their purposes, subject aspects, tones, and holders and targets of the opinions.
Yatish Hedge: CCDS Researcher Discusses Illuminating 2016 and other Center Projects
Jeff Hemsley Discusses CCDS Project Illuminating 2016 and Data Science Program at SU
Jeff Saltz: Former Tech Executive Discusses Benefits of CCDS, iSchool Data Science Program
Daniel Acuna: First Year iSchool Assistant Professor and CCDS Affiliate