Tomsk State University (TSU) and the Russian Public Opinion Research Center (VCIOM) signed an agreement on scientific and technical cooperation. The key area is the development of a joint project to monitor the attitudes of Russians in social networks. The monitoring is based on algorithms developed by TSU scientists.
Cooperation between TSU and VCIOM is implemented in both research and educational areas.
At the beginning of 2020 General Director of VCIOM Konstantin Abramov positively evaluated the university projects on research of big data and analysis of social networks. The next step was signing an agreement on cooperation and development of joint projects.
«TSU is one of the leaders in the field of big data analysis and has deep technological expertise. The cooperation will allow to integrate the knowledge accumulated at the university in the practical plane and create the ground for joint work in other directions», — commented Konstantin Abramov.
One of the joint projects was the development of a service to analyze the well-being of Russians based on social networking data. The analysis of social networks makes it possible to collect information about a large number of users. It allows integrating the latest technological developments into sociological tools and improving the process of public opinion monitoring.
TSU scientists have previously developed a prototype service and already received the first results. Thus, in 2018 negative assessments of the quality of life were observed in the regions of Western Siberia, and the highest level of well-being was recorded in the Kamchatka Territory, Magadan Region, Primorsky Territory, Chukotka Autonomous District and Moscow. Russians are most satisfied with the situation in education, labour and market relations. At the same time, people in the regions are dissatisfied with the situation in the areas of security, infrastructure, housing and utilities, environment and public relations. The data for 2019 is currently being processed.