Side Meeting at the 2017 PAA Annual Meeting

Workshop on


Social Media and Demographic Methods


Chicago , United States

Wednesday, 26 April 2017; 1:30-5:30pm



 With support from the Population Association of America (PAA).

This training workshop is organized by the IUSSP Scientific Panel on Big Data and Population Processes as a side event at the 2017 Annual Meeting of the Population Association of America, taking place in Chicago, Illinois , 17-29 April 2017.


To register for this workshop please: REGISTER HERE.


This is the second edition of the training workshop on Social Media and Demographic Methods. The first part of this workshop will be about concepts and tools discussed during the PAA2016 edition (e.g., how to use APIs to access Twitter data and Facebook public pages). The second part will introduce new material, including how to access Facebook data for advertisers and how to leverage the data for demographic research. The workshop is suitable for participants with no prior experience as well as for those who attended the PAA2016 edition and want to reinforce what they have learned and gain exposure to new tools.


The workshop will focus on accessing Social Media data and analyzing them using computational and demographic methods. The workshop is intended to:


  • provide an introduction to tools like Application Programming Interfaces (APIs) for collecting data from social media. Examples of applications will include Twitter, Facebook public pages, and Facebook Adverts Manager. 


  • present examples of demographic and computational methods that can be used to gain insights from these data;


  • discuss recent developments in the emerging field of digital demography and favor communication and exchange of ideas among participants.


There will be a mix of hands-on guided exercises/tutorials and introductory presentations about key computational concepts as well as ongoing research projects in this area. 




  • If you are using a Windows machine, please also install Cygwin (, which will allow you to run some unix commands from the terminal. 


Workshop facilitator: Emilio Zagheni (University of Washington, Seattle) 


To attend this workshop please register on the PAA website here: