What is RISE_SMA?



RISE_SMA forms an interdisciplinary, international network combining excellent scholars and practitioners to enable vigorous knowledge sharing and to develop solutions for contemporary challenges for Social Media Analytics (SMA).

Advanced theoretical approaches and methods of analysing social media data are especially relevant for two domains addressed in RISE_SMA: society and crisis communication. Recently, social media communication gained immense impact on society and decision-making at all levels. It offers potential for new forms of public discourses, but also challenges societal cohesion phenomena like fake news and vicious social bots.

During uncertain events such as natural disasters or human-made crises, social media communication plays an increasingly important role for citizens and emergency service agencies. RISE_SMA attempts to uncover communication patterns and suggest best practices to seek and share information in precarious situations.





This project has received funding from the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme
under the Marie Skłodowska-Curie grant agreement No 823866

Duration: 01-01-2019 – 12-31-2022


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Recent Blog Posts

Secondment Report #02 – First research trip to Norway

Our group in Duisburg could’t wait to get started with RISE_SMA and work with our international partners. Therefore I travelled to Norway before the official kick-off meeting in April 2019. Together with the University of Agder, we tried to find out how social media is already being used in the Kristiansand municipality. It turned out […]

RISE_SMA Kick-Off Meeting

From April 15th to April 16th, the University of Essen-Duisburg invited all beneficiaries, partners, and advisors for the official kick-off meeting of the RISE_SMA project. We were delighted to welcome everybody from the consortium, including University of Duisburg-Essen (Germany) Leiden University (Netherlands) University of Agder (Norway) University of Sydney (Australia) Queensland University of Technology (Australia) […]

Secondment Report #01 Setting the stage in Sydney

  The very first secondment during our 4-year project phase turned out to be a joint visit of the University of Duisburg-Essen (as the project coordinator) and the Virtimo AG to the University of Sydney Business School. The aim of the visit was establish a common ground about the architecture of the RISE_SMA project, including […]

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