Digital Observatory Databank


We can help researchers access data from the Australian Twittersphere, create custom social media data collections, and collect data from the public web. Please contact us if we can help you.

Australian Twittersphere

The Australian Twittersphere is a longitudinal, curated collection of tweets from approximately 530,000 Twitter accounts that were identified as ‘Australian’ in 2016. Reliable, ongoing collection has been occurring since early 2018, with approximately 23 million tweets being collected per month. There is also an archive of approximately 2 billion tweets from 2006 to 2016. Learn more about the Australian Twittersphere.

Custom collections

The Digital Observatory has the capability to set up custom longitudinal Twitter collections for research. Depending on the needs of your project or research question, we can customise collection using parameters including time periods, keywords, hashtags, accounts and more.

The Digital Observatory can respond quickly to emerging events and begin a custom collection at relatively short notice. For example, we collected Twitter search results over a period of weeks for tweets about coronavirus that contained YouTube video links. We have also set up a custom collection of tweets from and directed at candidates during the weeks leading up to, and just after, the 2019 Federal Election.

Additional platforms

Access to other platforms is currently under consideration including web archiving tools on Yelp, Weibo, Instagram, Reddit, YouTube and Flickr. Other non-social media platforms are also being investigated. If you would like to discuss these or other platforms, please contact us.

Capability team

Dr Marissa Takahashi

Manager, Digital Observatory

Ms Alice Miller

Data Scientist/Developer

Mr Sam Hames

Developer/Data Scientist

Mx Betsy Alpert

Developer/Data Scientist

Contact us

Get in touch to find out what we can do for you.

Digital Observatory

Level 8, P Block
Gardens Point
2 George St
Brisbane QLD 4000 Australia

Postal address

Digital Observatory
GPO Box 2434
Brisbane QLD 4001