Posted on 11/04/2017 by Vanessa Amaral Moreira

Smart Data Sprint 2017 in Lisbon

A hands-on work experience in data analysis and visualization


In January 2017, the first Smart Data Sprint took place at Universidade Nova de Lisboa, in Lisbon, Portugal. SMART Data Sprint is an intensive hands-on work, driven by social media data on a particular topic. The first data sprint was dedicated to the current debate of Data Journalism on Social Media and it was organized by SMART (Social Media Research Techniques), which is a research group part of the iNova Media Lab. The event was carried out by SMART members including PhD., Masters and Erasmus students: Elsa Caetano, Vanessa Amaral Moreira, Rodrigo Silva, Ilo Aguiar and Kalina Drenska. The coordination was supported by Janna Joceli (researcher in Digital Media and coordinator of SMART) and by Paulo Nuno Vicente (coordinator of iNOVA Media Lab).


SMART Data Sprint 2017 started with the participation of Ana Pinto Martinho (ISCTE-IUL) and her keynote speech on data journalism, followed by a short talk on approaches of data analysis by Janna Joceli. From January 23 to 27, the attendees were split into four working groups, facilitated by the SMART members. Participants were introduced to digital methods approach: learning how to collect, explore, analyse and visualize data, and producing real work, compiled in reports, after the last day of practical laboratory. The chosen social media platforms were Facebook, Instagram and Twitter.

The reports produced during the Smart Data Sprint 2017 will be published in the SMART Wiki. A new Data Sprint is being organised for January 2018.


SMART aims to conduct exploratory studies on connecting practices by using digital methods and designing social media research techniques. The central idea of SMART lies in social media methods with the intention to put into practice data-driven research techniques, and, in parallel, to engage with device-driven research perspective.