Exploring the advances in using social media data for conservation science


Workshop for the 5th European Congress of Conservation Biology (ECCB)  - 12th of June 2018, Jyväskylä, Finland


The workshop is based on short presentations and group discussions around the following topics:

  • What kind of information can be retrieved from social media platforms and how?
  • How social media data analysis could benefit conservation science and planetary wellbeing?
  • What is the state-of-the art in the advanced social media data analysis?
  • What are the potential of these approaches for real-world conservation challenges?

The workshop is organized by the members of two interrelated research projects at the Digital Geography Lab of the University of Helsinki: Somecon-project (Social Media for Conservation Science) and the Illegal Wildlife Trade project. We welcome conservation scientists and practitioners interested in recent advances and possibilities of social media data analysis to the workshop.  

More information about the workshop, and background materials will be posted on this site closer to the event!


Related publications

Di Minin, E., Fink, C., Tenkanen, H., & Hiippala, T. 2018. Machine learning for tracking illegal wildlife trade on social media. Nature ecology & evolution, 1.

Tenkanen, H., Di Minin, E., Heikinheimo, V., Hausmann, A., Herbst, M., Kajala, L., & Toivonen, T. 2017. Instagram, Flickr, or Twitter: Assessing the usability of social media data for visitor monitoring in protected areas. Scientific reports. 7, 17615. doi:10.1038/s41598-017-18007-4

Hausmann, A., Toivonen, T., Heikinheimo, V., Tenkanen, H., Slotow, R., Di Minin, E., 2017. Social media reveal that charismatic species are not the main attractor of ecotourists to sub-Saharan protected areas. Scientific Reports. 7, 763. doi:10.1038/s41598-017-00858-6

Heikinheimo, V., Di Minin, E., Tenkanen, H., Hausmann, A., Erkkonen, J., Toivonen, T., 2017. User-Generated Geographic Information for Visitor Monitoring in a National Park: A Comparison of Social Media Data and Visitor Survey. ISPRS International Journal of Geo-Information. doi:10.3390/ijgi6030085

Hausmann, A., Toivonen, T., Slotow, R., Tenkanen, H., Moilanen, A., Heikinheimo, V., Di Minin, E., 2017. Social Media Data can be used to Understand Tourists´ Preferences for Nature-based Experiences in Protected Areas. Conservation Letters. doi:10.1111/conl.12343

Di Minin, E., Tenkanen, H., Toivonen, T., 2015. Prospects and challenges for social media data in conservation science. Frontiers in Environmental Science. 3. doi:10.3389/fenvs.2015.00063