Data Science, Social Media and Social Sciences

Fostering research using social media as an observatory of society

Research conducted in this work package aims at developing original computational methods to gather, analyze and visualize online data and to promote a computational social science approach to social issues. We support research projects based on the extraction and analysis of large datasets from social networks where information, opinions, life experiences, career patterns and other social characteristics are shared by people. We also produce tools and methods to help researchers extract data from social media, reduce the complexity of the datasets produced, analyze and visualize the dynamic structure of social media, assess the reliability of social media as a source for the study of society. We finally organize seminars to gather participants regularly and invite keynote speakers to present their research.

WP’s coordination : Gilles Bastin (Pacte) & Eric Gaussier (LIG)
WP’s data scientist : information to come
Data collection coordination : Jean-Marc Francony (Pacte)


#ARABIC: Linguistic uses and adaptations of the arabic language on Twitter
#festival: Mapping online music criticism in France
32MTweets: Approaching Social and Contextual Biases in Tweeting
ECO-INTIME: The Economy of Sex and Intimacy on the Internet
MediaSwell: An experimental platform to analyze the practices and social uses of digital online communication devices
TRAJ-NET: Academic Trajectories and Scientific Networks


Focus on… Gilles Bastin (IEP Grenoble - PACTE)

  Focus on... Kevin Polisano (postdoctoral researcher at LIG)



Clément Bert-Erboul

postdoctoral researcher at the laboratory Pacte.


Sylvestre Duroudier

postdoctoral researcher at the laboratory Pacte.


  • Sylvestre Duroudier was a postdoctoral researcher at the PACTE Laboratory. During one year, he worked on the Blablacar project. The aim was to study territorial patterns designed by an emerging form of transportation, that is carpooling from the most used Blablacar platform about at 95 % of car sharing offers.
  • Antoine Machut is post-doctorant at the Pacte Laboratory from Université Grenoble Alpes. He worked with the Grenoble Alpes Data Institute in 2018-2019 with the project FlexMediaLives. The aim is to provide new data and new analytical frameworks to understand the adjustments made by individuals throughout their careers in social worlds governed by flexible labor markets, such as those for journalists in the media.
  • Claire Wolfarth is a young doctor at the LIDILEM laboratory in Grenoble. Since her master's thesis, she has been interested in the benefits of natural language processing (NLP) for learning to write. She is particularly working on the Scoledit project on pupils' writings. This project has developed over time to become international.
  • Bernard Roukhomovsky, researcher in literature, coordinates the ENCHRE project on the digital edition of Henri de Régnier's notebooks. It is developed within the framework of the UMR Litt&Arts with the ELAN team. It is supported by the CAHIER consortium (TGIR Huma-Num), Démarre SHS! and the Société des lecteurs d'Henri de Régnier (SLHDR). A partnership with the Bibliothèque Nationale de France (BnF) and the Bibliothèque de l'Institut de France is also at the heart of this large-scale project.
  • Clément Bert-Erboul was a post-doctoral researcher at the Grenoble Alpes Data Institute in 2018-2019. He is specialized in online community studies and practices web scraping to collect online data for social science research. He was mainly working with Gilles Bastin on analyzing journalist careers on LinkedIn, and with Jean Finez and the ECO-INTIME team. He was also working on the #festival project to map the professional logic of online music criticism in France.
  • Jean Finez is assistant professor in sociology and is interested in the functioning of digital markets. He has been member of the Pacte lab for 3 years. He is currently working with Pierre Brasseur, Jean-Marc Francony and Jingyue Xing on research devoted to the platform economy for the broadcasting of live pornographic shows.
  • 3D Genomics 2020
    from November 23, 2020 to November 26, 2020
    The Grenoble Alpes Data Institute is partner of the interdisciplinary school in 3D genomics which will take place on line from November 23 to 26.
  • Jean-Marc Francony is a senior lecturer, computer specialist in social sciences. From the 90’s he worked on the human-machine interaction and how to capture data. He created MediaSwell, a platform that explores and captures data and documents from the web and social media. It comes from a long process and an evolution of research needs.
  • The data stewardship committee (GRICAD) and the DATACC project is organizing a lunch conference about Data Management Plan (DMP).
  • Inovallée and Sciences Po Grenoble invite you to discover, during this conference, 3 enlightened views on data-marketing. The Grenoble Alpes Data Institute is a partner of this event.
  • The Digital Data Fabrik is organizing a seminar with Stuart Soroka from the University of Michigan. It will take place at the MaCI on February 5.
  • Kevin Polisano is a postdoctoral researcher in Grenoble Informatics Laboratory (LIG). He works on the link between the diffusion of information and the structure of communities on Twitter, in the framework of the Data Institute’s work package 4 on “Data Science, Social Media and Social Sciences”.
  • CNRS thematic school GeoViz
    from October 15, 2018 to October 19, 2018
    The CNRS thematic school “Visualization and visual analysis of spatial and temporal data: what's new?” will take place from October 15th to 19th 2pm at Aussois.
  • Gilles Bastin, co-header of the Data Institute’s work package 4 on « Data Science, Social Media and Social Sciences », and Paola Tubaro coordinated the last Revue française de sociologie about “Big Data, Societies and Social Sciences”.
  • Marianne Guerois and Malika Madelin will give a talk on "Exploring time-space dynamics of large metropolitan areas from Airbnb data". The event will take place on Friday September, 21th from 12:15 in IMAG building, seminar room.
  • @Media seminar: Information cycle and digital methods
    from May 30, 2018 to May 31, 2018
    The first day will be about “Analyzing the information cycle during media events” and the second one about “Data Science: Disciplinary Dialogues and Infrastructures”. This seminar will take place on May 30 and 31 (Amphi E, IEP).
  • The purpose of this workshop is to allow researchers from different backgrounds to discuss the topic of random graphs and in particular an application on behavior on Twitter. It will take place on Thursday 26 and Friday 27 April.
  • The Grenoble Alpes Data Institute organized the workshop "Data Science in the Alps" on March 20, 2018. More than 90 persons attended the workshop that took place at the Stade des Alpes, Grenoble. We are looking forward for the 2019 session!
  • David Chavalarias will give a talk on Methods for the reconstruction of the socio-semantic dynamics of political activist Twitter networks. The event will take place on Monday April, 9th from 12:15 in Science Po Grenoble building, amphi F.
  • Workshop: Artificial Intelligence
    on the March 26, 2018
    The French Society of Statistics and the Grenoble Alpes Data Institute organizes the conference « Artificial Intelligence: Which transparence? Which confidence? » on March 26, 2018 in Paris. This event is intended for a large audience.
  • European Conference on Information Retrieval
    from March 26, 2018 to March 29, 2018
    The annual European Conference on Information Retrieval is the premier European forum for the presentation of new research results in the field of Information Retrieval.
  • Gilles Bastin and Sophie Kuegler from PACTE and the Grenoble Alpes Data Institute will give a talk on Methodological and ethical aspects of career data collection on LinkedIn : the case of journalists. The event will take place on Friday March, 23th from 12:00 to 14:00 in Imag building, seminar room n° 2.
  • Workshop: Data Science in the Alps
    on the March 20, 2018
    Grenoble Alpes Data Institute is pleased to organize the first “data science in the Alps” workshop. It will take place on March, 20th at the Stade des Alpes, salon sud-ouest.
  • This joint workshop will gather the short-listed authors of a coming special issue of the French Journal of Sociology / Revue française de sociologie ( The authors will be given the opportunity to have their paper discussed before the final selection by the journal this autumn.