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Attendance at international sports and physical activity conferences is extremely useful for networking but can be expensive in terms of professional time, conference fees, accommodation and travel. The use of social media, especially Twitter,1 has increased in many global meetings. It is now possible to map, virtually attend, influence and interact with a meeting, remotely making savings in terms of time and travel, as well as opening up opportunities for sharing research and facilitating global networking. Data science has progressed rapidly to create complex forms of visualisation to help us understand interactions between humans. The speed and rate at which data are produced can be phenomenal. ‘Big Data’ is now an acknowledged specialist area of science. Processing, analysing and relaying data present challenges. The main goal of visualisation is to present data clearly by graphical means without distortion.2 Twitter hashtags and handles (eg, @BJSM_BMJ) are a useful way of grouping data, studying and ultimately building networks.3
For example, the 6th ISPAH International Congress on Physical Activity and Public Health4 ran between 16 and 19 November 2016 in Thailand. …
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