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MetAt - October 10, 2023 logbook

Share our methodological expertise and skills.

Event, Workshop

Salle K.011, 1 place Saint Thomas d'Aquin 75007 Paris

What is METAT?

METAT is a research methods support workshop: every month, a three-hour slot to help you resolve the methodological difficulties you encounter in the course of a scientific project.

Who is METAT for?

METAT is aimed at anyone needing occasional support in using a research tool or method. All profiles are welcome: students, doctoral students, researchers, research engineering professionals and others, inside and outside Sciences Po, with no restrictions on status or affiliation.

How to register?

Registration is compulsory via the form available on the METAT page

Session of 10/10/2023

Location: Sciences Po

Supervisors: Benjamin Ooghe-Tabanou, Guillaume Plique, Audrey Baneyx, Blazej Palat, Maxime Crépel, Béatrice Mazoyer, Robin de Mourat, Marion Frelat, Diego Antolinos Basso, Aymeric Luneau, Anna Charles, Kelly Christensen, Jimena Royo-Letelier

Exploring the Bluesky API

Discussion with a doctoral student from the medialab and tests for potential integration of the Bluesky API into the Minet tool

Qualifying misinformation about the covid-19 vaccine on TikTok

First support for a LIMICS PhD student in processing a corpus of 1,000 videos and 200,000 TikTok comments. The automatic classification method was rejected because neither the videos nor the comments could easily be classified as anti or pro vaccine, even manually. The supervisor recommended forming a network of videos based on the users who commented on them, using Pelote and Ipsygma to examine the scores produced by the Louvain algorithm. To continue this work, it would be necessary to compare these scores with labels added manually to the videos. 

Creation of a skills repository

Extraction of 'skills' fields from an online directory, then structuring of these skills for use in creating a directory of social science research engineers. Reflection on the representation of these skills in the form of a graph and on how to update this data. 

Calculating the environmental footprint of a research laboratory

The aim of this support was to process spreadsheet files (exports from the Cytric application and inventory of IT equipment) to make them compatible with the GES1.5 tool, which is used to calculate the carbon footprint of research laboratories.

The session enabled us to merge two mission files and deduplicate them to obtain a clean file.

The .csv files were then formatted in accordance with the requirements of the GES1.5 tool: deletion of unwanted characters in the column headers and data transformations. 

Source code written during the session

Hyphe exploration and methods

Support for two researchers who wanted to gain a better understanding of how the Hyphe tool works as part of two research projects: a study of the players involved in GPA in the United States; and the adoption of the Internet by Native Americans in the United States. For this second project, Hyphe and the WayBack Machine would be used to map web usage at different periods.

The supervisor gave a methodological and practical overview of Hyphe and its interconnections with web archives, and the various ways in which it can be made available and used.

Classifying and processing a corpus of csv tweets

Support for a doctoral student in classifying and processing data from a corpus of 5,000 tweets on violence against women and LGBTQIA+ people. An initial clean-up was carried out, then the supervisor suggested classifying the data using a spreadsheet tool, in order to count the occurrences of hashtags and produce simple statistics on the categories. Voyant tools were used to carry out a temporal analysis of tweets by theme.