Contextualizing theoretical concepts on Online Social Networks data collecting process

The use of Online Social Network services raise concerns in the way information from individuals is shared, such as starting from the process of collecting data from users that are stored in the institutions that own this services. The purpose of this study is to establish a contextualization of the concepts involved in the data collection available at online social network services, based on the analysis of content in technical-operational documents and in Terms of Use, and by an exploration of the characteristics of the data collection interfaces.

As a methodology, it was chose to start the relationship between concepts from the process description, originated on the content analysis of online social networks documents, to delimit the characteristics and operation of the data collection process and, after, the exploration of the data collection interfaces, in order to delimit additional elements involved with the context of data collection.

As a result, its presented the description of data collection process and relationship with interdisciplinary concepts, related to the three collection cycles proposed for the systematization of data collection and construction of data models.

It was concluded that data collection is an activity with a strong interdisciplinary and cooperative relationship, and involves concepts originating from different areas of knowledge, making it complex to the understanding of characteristic of data collection processes in digital information systems – and expects that this initial conceptualization will allow reflecting on further investigations of process itself and also as a basic guideline on these issues.

Keywords: Data Collecting. Data. Application Programming Interface. Online Social Networks.


  1. Fernando de Assis Rodrigues
  2. Ricardo César Gonçalves Sant’Ana

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Fernando de Assis Rodrigues, B.Sc., M.S., Ph.D., is a professor at Federal University of Pará (UFPA), Brazil.