Collection CHC5404 - 2014 US-Cuba Policy Change Twitter Archive

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2014 US-Cuba Policy Change Twitter Archive


  • 2014-2015 (Creation)


21 Gigabytes

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Founded in 1925, the University of Miami is a private research university with more than 15,000 students from around the world. It comprises 12 schools and colleges serving undergraduate and graduate students in more than 180 majors and programs.

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The 2014 US-Cuba Policy Change Twitter archive collection contains a data set of tweets collected from the Twitter microblogging platform when President Barack Obama announced on December 17, 2014 that the United States would begin normalizing full diplomatic relations between the U.S. and Cuba after more than half a century of minimal relations. President Obama's announcement included plans to re-establish the US embassy in Havana, allowing official visits of Cuban diplomats and officials to the United States, and increased official dialogue on public policy issues affecting both countries.

During the announcement, the Cuban Heritage Collection collected tweets relating to the hashtags #cuba, #cubapolicy, #cubalibre, #cubausa, #uscuba, and #cubanmiami between December 9, 2014 and January 28, 2015. The tweets collected before the December 17, 2014 announcement by Presidents Obama and Castro represent tweets gathered via the Twitter API seven days prior to the date of first accessing the Twitter stream via the API, a feature allowed by the API. The tweets collected by the Cuban Heritage Collection for this data archive do not represent an exhaustive or complete record of all tweets relating to the targeted hashtags due to restritions on tweet volume accessed via the Twitter API.

This data archive is available for download to the University of Miami community via the University of Miami scholarly repository. The data is presented in JSON structured text files. For information on accessing the archive, see the "Conditions governing access" section of this finding aid.

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The data is available as one downloadable zip file from the University of Miami Scholarly Repository.

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Due to Twitter's Terms of Service, this data archive is accessible only to the University of Miami community. It can be accessed via an IP-restricted portal in the University of Miami Scholarly Repository: For specific questions, please contact

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Due to Twitter's Terms of Service, this data archive is only accessible onsite at the University of Miami.

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  • English
  • Spanish

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This collection was acquired and collected by the University of Miami Libraries using the Python program, Twarc, developed by Ed Summers.

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Selected websites have been archived by the University of Miami's Cuban Heritage Collection relating to the US-Cuba policy change announcements. They are accesible online:

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See also: University of Miami Libraries 2014 US-Cuba Policy research guide

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Finding aid updated by Amanda Moreno, January 2019.

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