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An expert-curated global database of online newspaper articles on spiders and spider bites

Jagoba Malumbres-Olarte
Valeria Arabesky
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Diego Alejandro Barrales-Alcalá
Aimee Lynn Barrion-Dupo
Marco Antonio Benamú
Tharina Bird
Maria Bogomolova
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Maria Chatzaki
Ren-Chung Cheng
Tien-Ai Chu
Leticia Classen-Rodríguez
Iva Čupić
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André-Philippe Drapeau Picard
Hisham El-Hennawy
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Mert Elverici
Caroline Fukushima
Zeana Ganem
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Efrat Gavish-Regev
Naledi Gonnye
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Charles Haddad
Thomas Hesselberg
Tammy Ai Tian Ho
Thanakorn Into
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Marco Isaia
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Dharmaraj Jayaraman
Nanguei Karuaera
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Rajashree Khalap
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Kiran Khalap
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Dongyoung Kim
Tuuli Korhonen
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Simona Kralj-Fišer
Heidi Land
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Shou-Wang Lin
Sarah Loboda
Elizabeth Lowe
Yael Lubin
Alejandro Martínez
Zingisile Mbo
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Marija Miličić
Grace Mwende Kioko
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Veronica Nanni
Yusoff Norma-Rashid
Daniel Nwankwo
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Christina Painting
Aleck Pang
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Paolo Pantini
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Martina Pavlek
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Richard Pearce
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Booppa Petcharad
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Joni Saarinen
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Laura Segura-Hernández
Lenka Sentenská
Gabriele Uhl
Leilani Walker
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Charles Warui
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Konrad Wiśniewski
Alireza Zamani
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Catherine Scott
Angela Chuang


Mass media plays an important role in the construction and circulation of risk perception associated with animals. Widely feared groups such as spiders frequently end up in the spotlight of traditional and social media. We compiled an expert-curated global database on the online newspaper coverage of human-spider encounters over the past ten years (2010–2020). This database includes information about the location of each human-spider encounter reported in the news article and a quantitative characterisation of the content—location, presence of photographs of spiders and bites, number and type of errors, consultation of experts, and a subjective assessment of sensationalism. In total, we collected 5348 unique news articles from 81 countries in 40 languages. The database refers to 211 identified and unidentified spider species and 2644 unique human-spider encounters (1121 bites and 147 as deadly bites). To facilitate data reuse, we explain the main caveats that need to be made when analysing this database and discuss research ideas and questions that can be explored with it.
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hal-03657025 , version 1 (06-05-2022)


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Stefano Mammola, Jagoba Malumbres-Olarte, Valeria Arabesky, Diego Alejandro Barrales-Alcalá, Aimee Lynn Barrion-Dupo, et al.. An expert-curated global database of online newspaper articles on spiders and spider bites. Scientific Data , 2022, 9 (1), pp.109. ⟨10.1038/s41597-022-01197-6⟩. ⟨hal-03657025⟩
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