The Public Insight Lab & MERC present: Call for Proposals

Sunday, August 14, 2022 - 8:30am

The Public Insight Lab (within the College of Journalism and Mass Communications), in collaboration with UNL’s Methodology and Evaluation Research Core (formerly within the Social and Behavioral Sciences Research Consortium), is issuing a call for proposals for research needing access to “big data” from media (social and traditional) sources.

Sprinklr is a web-based platform that streamlines the harvesting of data from 30+ digital channels (e.g., Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, Reddit, news, blogs, etc.) on any topic imaginable. Sprinklr was heavily featured in a recent day-long social media research workshop hosted by UNL and involving the University of Alabama, Clemson, and Louisiana State University last May (read more here).

Researchers of any rank (faculty, staff, student) are invited to submit a brief application to request harvesting/mining of data available via Sprinklr during the 2022-2023 fiscal year, at no cost* to the researchers.

Submit your proposal here 

Priority will be given to early proposals and research expected to lead to publications or grant funding.

The deadlines for the first rounds of applications are September 1st, and October 1st, with subsequent submission deadlines expected to occur monthly as long as capacity for data access remains.*

*The subscription to Sprinklr does come with an upper limit to the data we are allowed to harvest/mine. Thus, depending on demand, it may not be possible to meet all data requests. However, researchers with existing funding may be able to purchase data (above the subscription limit) for their projects through add-ons to the UNL subscription.


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