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Selected reading

Functional Convolution Models

By Maria Asencio, Giles Hooker and H Oliver Gao

This article considers the application of functional data analysis methods to modelling particulate matter emission profiles from dynamometer experiments. In particular the functional convolution model is introduced as an extension…

A Framework for Using Discourse Analysis for the Review of the Literature in Counseling Research

By Anthony J. Onwuegbuzie and Rebecca K. Frels

The purpose of this article is to provide a framework for counselor researchers and practitioners for using a qualitative data analysis technique to analyze and interpret literature review sources—a process that we call a Discourse Analysis-Based Research…

Problematization meets mystery creation: Generating new ideas and findings through assumption-challenging research

By Mats Alvesson and Jörgen Sandberg

“Our purpose in this chapter is not to develop methodological procedures for generating more accurate and ‘objective’ representations of reality or of the authentic experiences and meanings of people; rather, our purpose is to discuss…

Big Data

By Rob Kitchin

“Business, government and research funders have largely remained firm in their conviction that big data is set to rise back up the hype cycle’s ‘slope of enlightenment’ to the ‘plateau of productivity’, and, what’s more, it is set to alter fundamentally how science…

The Research Thesis

By Paul Oliver

“In this chapter you will learn about the different forms which a research thesis can take, and explore the criteria which help to distinguish a master’s from a doctoral thesis. We look at the broad characteristics of academic writing, along with some of the…

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From research question to exploratory data analysis workshop

21 November 2014

University of Manchester

This is a one day introductory workshop which looks at the initial stages involved in undertaking a research project using survey data from the UK Data Service collection.

We will focus on the steps involved in:

  • clarifying a research question
  • using the UK Data Service Discover tool to locate data
  • evaluating data for your…

Posted by Alix Taylor on October 16, 2014 at 10:23

Big Data and Confidentiality: Does the rise of big data mean the downfall in privacy?

4 November 2014

University of Essex, Southend Campus

There is a lot of interest around big data, and at the same time there is fear about how it is used.

In this interactive roundtable event experts from a variety of disciplines will consider the confidentiality issues related to 'big data' and the existence and use of such large datasets.

Festival Of Social Science logo

The phenomenon of 'big data' has become…


Posted by Alix Taylor on October 13, 2014 at 11:00

Labour Force Survey/Annual Population Survey user conference

28 November 2014

JISC, Brettenham House, London

The next Labour Force Survey/Annual Population Survey user conference is being organised by the UK Data Service for Friday 28 November 2014.

The programme will contain a mixture of papers from the data producers, the Office for National Statistics, and researchers. Presentations will be based on analysis of the UK Labour Force Survey(LFS) or Annual Population Survey…


Posted by Alix Taylor on October 8, 2014 at 8:53

Webinar: An Introduction to Data and Resources for Librarians - 11th November 2014

The UK Data Service is holding a webinar aimed at librarians. This free 45-minute webinar provides an overview of what data the UK Data Service holds, and demonstrates ways to find and download data from the website. Moreover, it shows useful resources for librarians such as video tutorials and guides.

The UK Data Service provides online access to a vast range of data and holds over 6,000 datasets.

*Please note under our licensing agreements, you must be a student or member of…


Posted by Alix Taylor on October 1, 2014 at 8:46

Learn how to embrace social media


***Read the event blog here***

Should social science researchers embrace social media and, if we do, what are the implications for our methods and practice?

We know that social media tools are increasingly being used to as part of the social sciences. The nature of these tools means that it is a fast changing environment, with new practices emerging all the time. Despite this, there is limited interaction between practitioners or synthesis of different methods. There are also few opportunities to reflect on the implications of social media tools for our subjects of study, methods and ethics. Our network of methodological innovation brings together academics, researchers and research stakeholders in a community of practice with members drawn from the cutting-edge of academia, market research and applied social research.

The network is led by NatCen Social Research, SAGE and the Oxford Internet Institute, and funded by the NCRM. It’s hosted over several different platforms, including Methodspace, Blogspot, Twitter and YouTube, and will run over 12 months.


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