Social Networks and Online Communities

Understanding the risks, impacts, motivators, and benefits of online information sharing.

Research Projects

CAREER: Advancing Remote Collaboration: Inclusive Design for People with Dementia
Principal Investigator(s): Amanda Lazar
Funder: National Science Foundation
Research Areas: Health Informatics > Human-Computer Interaction > Social Networks and Online Communities
Technology increasingly provides opportunities to interact remotely with others. People with cognitive impairment can be excluded from these opportunities when technology is not designed with their needs, preferences, and abilities in mind.
The Role of Emotions in Sociopolitical Polish and Lithuanian Social Media
Principal Investigator(s): Susannah Paletz
Funder: US Office of Naval Research
Research Areas: Social Networks and Online Communities
This project, run through ARLIS, investigates how emotion impacts information propagation and sharing in Polish and Lithuanian social media. Teams of in-country annotators independently assess each post, including all multimedia content, for over 22 distinct emotions inclusively on 0 to 100 scales--meaning that the same post will have different scores for different emotions. We will conduct multi-level statistical analyses of the impact of emotions, specific topics, and account and message features on social media sharing and engagement.

Recent News

University of Maryland President Darryll Pines stands at a podium with the Info Challenge logo behind him on a projector

iSchool Hosts 5th Annual Info Challenge

This week-long event engaged students from across the region in cybersecurity, design, and data analytics projects to tackle real-world informati …
A black woman in a dark room looking down at a smartphone

Photo by Chad Madden on Unsplash

“Drawing Conclusions” – Identity Formation in the Digital Age

iSchool undergraduate student uses art to present her research into technology’s influence on ethnic identity formation.
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Images courtesy of Hawa Jalloh (left) and Shannon Bland (right)

MLIS Alumnae Use Instagram to Amplify Black Excellence in Librarianship

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