Accession Number:

AD1064129

Title:

An Open Source Approach to Social Media Data Gathering

Descriptive Note:

Technical Report

Corporate Author:

AIR FORCE INSTITUTE OF TECHNOLOGY WRIGHT-PATTERSON AFB OH WRIGHT-PATTERSON AFB United States

Personal Author(s):

Report Date:

2018-03-22

Pagination or Media Count:

76.0

Abstract:

Modern usage of social media affords the military intelligence and analytic communities novel approaches to gather information. However, the tools and resources to develop these methodologies are still maturing. Furthermore, current data acquisition tools are not available to the DoD for all social media platforms. This thesis addresses a small subset of this problem by developing an open source methodological approach to collect and manage data from a popular social media site that has previously been inaccessible to defense intelligence organizations. This approach was operationalized via the R package called instaExtract, and an exemplar analysis was performed to demonstrate its application and efficiency for intelligence gathering.

Subject Categories:

  • Military Intelligence
  • Information Science
  • Sociology and Law

Distribution Statement:

APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE