Getting data from the web: API access

Jul 15, 2020 9:30 AM


  • Identify multiple methods for obtaining data from the internet
  • Define application program interface (API)
  • Explain authentication keys and demonstrate secure methods for storing these keys
  • Demonstrate how to use canned packages in R to access APIs
  • Practice gathering data from Twitter API using the rtweet package in R
  • Identify methods for writing functions to interact with APIs
  • Define JSON data structure and how to convert them to data frames
  • Practice tidying messy JSON data objects using tidyr

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Benjamin Soltoff
Assistant Instructional Professor in Computational Social Science