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The Quiet, Private Research Center Makes A Debut

July 1, 2009

A little while back, I was talking about the concept of a quiet private research center model to take a look at doing some rigoriously researched work on the flows of culture and the formation of communities online. This group, which has been meeting weekly since then, has emerged as The Web Ecology Project, a casual interdisciplinary group of folks from around the Boston and Cambridge area that are looking to produce analysis in the space.

As of last Friday, I’m happy to announce that WEP has also officially published its first report on the Iran election and Twitter! We’ve trawled over 2,000,000 tweets of related terms about the election over the past eighteen days and, to our knowledge, it’s the most comprehensive data set released yet. It’s been getting some neat traction, and excited to see where the private research center goes next…

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