Digital data curation tools

Digital data curation examples

Twitter as a research tool

Use Twitter Advanced Search

  • Twitter is a useful way to identify the language that people use in the media and in everyday life when talking about a particular topic, and can therefore be a good place to start if you're new to the topic and want find out what different people think about it.
  • Get an idea of what’s out there and popular (or highly 'retweeted') and follow up leads and verify the information in our databases.
  • It is also a good place to find perspectives on topics that are different from mainstream media (especially important where topics are under-reported and/or misrepresented in mainstream media).
  • If you're looking for information on a particular event, identify key dates to look up and filter your search with them.

Follow relevant researchers

You may also like to follow relevant researchers in your field to keep up-to-date with their work or follow cultural heritage institutions to get up-to-date collection developments.

Manage Twitter information overload

If you find yourself following a lot of different researchers and institutions and starting to feel overwhelmed by the amount of information you're getting, you can break it up into Lists and use Twitter like an RSS newsfeed.