From the Data to the Metadata of the Digital Society: towards a 2.0 coding
Published on May 17, 2017
The digital society generates an exponential flow of heterogeneous data, which is material to be analyzed by researchers. However, if this data is worthwhile, we highlight their metadata to improve the data contextualization, analysis and evaluation. This leads us to consider the new research perspectives offered by metadata, especially those of social media. With an illustration around the data and the metadata from Twitter and Facebook, we propose an ontology to formalize a common vocabulary between researchers. Then, we illustrate the process of metadata in a mixed research procedure. The analysis of metadata characterizing social media data contributes to the understanding of a phenomenon and thus, to develop theories, to evaluate them and to extend them.