Twitter Opens Up Data Archives to Three Health-Related Projects


Twitter last week announced that it has selected three health-related projects to receive data grants to access the social media website's archives, MobiHealthNews reports.

Earlier this year, Twitter announced that it would provide six data grants to researchers seeking big data insights through the social media site's archives.

Out of 1,300 entries, Twitter selected six proposals. Three of the selected proposals are related to health care, including:

  • Boston Children's Hospital's HealthMaps, which will use the data for surveillance of foodborne gastrointestinal illness;
  • Netherlands-based University of Twente, which will use the data to determine the effectiveness of campaigns related to the early detection of cancer; and
  • The University of California-San Diego and City University of New York, which will use the data to determine the overall happiness of populations in various cities (Pai, MobiHealthNews, 4/21).

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