[Air-L] Historical Reddit Data Collection

Libby Hemphill libbyh at umich.edu
Thu Dec 29 09:14:27 PST 2022


What’s your timeline? The Social Media Archive at ICPSR is setting up a
Reddit collection, but it won’t be available until early 2023. I can talk
to our staff about it when we’re back in January.

Pushshift has a complete (AFAIK) Reddit record:

You’ll need to be able to write or reuse some code to get what you’re
looking for though. SOMAR can help with that too, but not for a few weeks
at least.

Libby Hemphill
pronouns: she/her/hers
Director, Resource Center for Minority Data
<http://www.icpsr.umich.edu/RCMD>, ICPSR
Director, Social Media Archive <http://socialmediaarchive.org/>, ICPSR
Associate Director, Center for Social Media Responsibility
Research Associate Professor, Institute for Social Research
Associate Professor, School of Information <https://www.si.umich.edu/>
University of Michigan


On Thu, Dec 29, 2022 at 12:08 PM Luc Cousineau via Air-L <
air-l at listserv.aoir.org> wrote:

> Good afternoon all,
> I'm making a call for help regarding collecting reddit data from a
> particular sub-reddit (/r/teachers).
> I'm looking to collect all of the posts (+comments, replies, etc.)
> starting August 1, 2022 to present for a project I am working on. The
> problem is that I don't code, so the many tutorials about how to do it with
> Python aren't helpful for me.
> I have been using a great tool called commualytic (developed by some
> Canadian scholars - also does Twitter, Telegram, and CrowdTangle
> [Facebook/Insta]) that generates lovely CSV files, but due to a recent
> change in the Reddit Pushshift API, only the last 31 days of subreddit data
> are available.
> If there is anyone out there that could help me with this, point me in the
> direction of another tool that I could use, or a capable student or
> colleague that might be able to help, I would be much obliged.
> Many thanks in advance,
> Luc Cousineau
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