North American Social Network Conference

2018 Grand Challenge

For 2018, NASN is launching the inaugural Grand Challenge which asks researcher to explore a dataset and share their insights. The selected dataset is one that is either new or not fully explored. There are no preconceived notions of what researcher should find or what conclusions should be reached. The goal is for researcher to present what they determine are key insights and/or organizational structures.There has been a lot of attention in the media and with the Mueller probe related to Russian Troll Tweeter activities. FiveThirtyEight recently release a collection of Twitter tweets related to known Russian trolls. What insights can be gleamed from this data? That is the question of this challenge.
Researcher are free to explore the data in what ever means they deem appropriate. The goal is to highlight your findings.Russian Tweeter Trolls: https://github.com/fivethirtyeight/russian-troll-tweets/

The top 3 winners will be announced at the Banquet (winners notified beforehand)
The top 3 winners will be invited to share findings during a special session of the conference.

Submission Deadline: November 1st, 2018
Send submissions to: nasocnet@gmail.com

Format:  Up to 5 pages in Word or PDF format.  The document should match the following structure:

1. Key Findings
2. Analytic Approach
3. Results
4. Conclusion

X    References
The Key Finding section can be thought of as an abstract of what the research uncovered at a high level.  There is no introduction or background section.

The Grand Challenge does not preclude anyone from submitting an abstract or poster for the primary conference.