An Archive of Social Media Collections for
Researchers, Activists, and Artists
with a focus on the Middle East
Explore a dashboard of visualization and analysis tools for an archive of millions of multilingual tweets from the 2009-2014 Arab uprisings and Occupy movements.
Explore the book companion to Arab Data Bodies and Archives of the Glitch and a collection of interactive data stories on social media and political mobilization.
In 2008, UCSB Assistant Professor of Media Theory and Practice Laila Shereen Sakr began to engineer an ambitious multi‐function media system, R-Shief, with the aim to attend to critical gaps in computational and textual analysis on social media in Arabic, and from the broader, transnational Middle East.
R-Shief evolved into a real‐time analysis and creative representation engine that archived and reflected digital uprising and enabled it to some degree. By 2014 it was a mature and diverse platform for producing 3D interactive media, generative art, remix video, data visualizations, and live cinema.
Today R-Shief continues to challenge the boundaries between art, technology, and scholarship while serving as a data house for billions of social media artifacts collected over more than ten years and across several media platforms.
For more R-Shief history, check out the interactive timeline below.