A web-based platform for monitoring, structuring and visualizing the online response to Rio 2016 Olympic Games on Twitter
OBSERVATÓR!O2016 monitors and presents visualizations of large volumes of data about the Olympic Games collected mainly from Twitter. The online platform provides a space to observe the preparations, the realization and, in the future, the digital memory of Rio-2016.
The Olympic and Paralympic Games for the first time took place in a country in South America. The realization of a worldwide sport event gathers attention from both media and online audience. It also involves multiple expectations and interests that reflect impressions and moods shared on social networks. As a consequence, this sporting event becomes a social phenomena that produces an in-depth and heterogeneous debate. But, how to explore, understand and communicate this debate that is spread in non-structured data streams from different sources and stakeholders?
Understanding the historical importance of Rio-2016 to Brazil and to the world, the VISGRAF Lab - part of Instituto de Matemática Pura e Aplicada (IMPA) - developed the project OBSERVATÓR!O2016, a multidisciplinary research that seeks to merge scientific rigor and relevance to non-academic community. Conceived by Luiz Velho and Júlia Giannella, OBSERVATÓR!O2016 is a platform to collect, structure and visualize comments and images about the Olympics shared on social networks, mostly Twitter. This kind of work is set in a line of research that seeks to understand big data and give it meaning through visual representations.
These are OBSERVATÓR!O2016 global pages and Twitter account: