Geography PhD student founds social media lab, gets $997k grant from NSF

Our own Joe Eckert helped found SoMe Lab in collaboration with two other students from the iSchool (Jeff Hemsley and Shawn Walker).  SoMe Lab is a social media  laboratory at the University of Washington.  They're building data collection and analysis services for "big" social media data.  Their ideas and work were used as the core of a successful NSF grant proposal (INSPIRE) for $997,000.  Congratulations to Joe and the rest of the SoMe Lab team! (map image is raw counts of geolocated Occupy-related tweet data from Oct. 19 - Dec. 31 2011) You can read more about the lab here: You can read the NSF grant here: And read the iSchool's announcement here: