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Sweet Sound of Big Data in the Music Industry

Fifteen years ago, Steve Jobs introduced the iPod. Since then, most music fans have understood this has radically changed how they listen to music. Less understood are the ways that raw information – accumulated via downloads, apps and online searches – is influencing not only what songs are marketed and sold, but which songs become […]

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Tags: Music, Musical Genome

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Big Data and Social Research Roundup No. 10

What is computational social science? This question underpins the first of four videos synthesizing themes covered at last year’s International Conference on Computational Social Science. Among the academics and practitioners venturing answers, Princeton’s Matthew Salganik stresses that the explosion of data and the ability to harness it represent a “fundamental transition that’s occurring whether social […]

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Tags: Newsletter

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Emma Uprichard: Big Data and ‘Methodological Genocide’

As the final entry in the LSE Impact of Social Science blog’s Philosophy of Data Science series, Emma Uprichard tells interviewer Mark Carrigan that big data has serious repercussions to the kinds of social futures we are shaping — and those that are supporting big data developments need to be held accountable. Uprichard, associate professor and […]

Categories: Big Data, Editorial

Tags: Emma Uprichard, LSE Impact, Q-Step

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Can Big Data Analysis of Police Activity Overcome Bias?

In early 2017, Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel announced a new initiative in the city’s ongoing battle with violent crime. The most common solutions to this sort of problem involve hiring more police officers or working more closely with community members. But Emanuel declared that the Chicago Police Department would expand its use of software, enabling […]

Categories: Big Data, Editorial

Tags: Criminology, Data Analysis, The Conversation

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Encouraging Authors to Share Their Data with Reviewers for ‘Psychological Science’

The journal Psychological Science is taking steps to encourage would-be authors to give reviewers easy access to the data underlying the analyses reported in their manuscripts. This is part of a wider effort to promote transparency and replicability in works published in the journal. I discussed the rationale for encouraging authors to share data and […]

Categories: Big Data, Editorial, Quantitative

Tags: Center for Open Science, Data Sharing, Psychological Science, Transparency, Transparency and Openness Promotion

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Answering ‘What is Computational Social Science?’

In this first video synthesizing some of the important themes covered at 2016’s second International Conference on Computational Social Science, or IC2S2, various academics and practitioners address the question of what is computational social science? The event itself, as Brian Uzzi from the Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University explains in the introduction, brought […]

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Tags: Brian Uzzi, Duncan Watts, IC2S2

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Big Data and Social Research Roundup No. 9

In this edition of SAGE Publishing’s monthly newsletter for computational social scientists, the issue takes a page from MethodSpace itself and looks at how social network analysis is changing in a big data era in a recent interview with Song Yang, lead author of the new text Social Network Analysis: Methods and Examples. In addition […]

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There’s a Guerrilla Movement to Protect Data

This probably isn’t how you envisioned a guerrilla movement … A snapshot from the data rescue workshop, “Protecting Climate Data in Times of Political Turmoil,” held at UCLA on Jan. 20. (Photo: Jennifer Pierre) On the United States’ Inauguration Day, a group of students, researchers and librarians gathered in a nondescript building on the north […]

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Tags: Data Rescue

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New Public Data Lab’s First Output: Field Guide to Fake News

A new “Public Data Lab” at the Institute for Policy Research at the University of Bath has produced its first fruit, A Field Guide to Fake News, which harnesses digital methods “to trace the production, circulation and reception of fake news online.” The use of digital methods, the guide observes, is not just sufficient but […]

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Tags: Fake News, Public Data, Public Data Lab

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Crowdsourcing Raises Host of Methodological and Ethical Questions

Crowdsourcing offers researchers ready access to large numbers of participants, while enabling the processing of huge, unique datasets. However, the power of crowdsourcing raises several issues, including whether or not what initially emerged as a business practice can be transformed into a sound research method. Isabell Stamm and Lina Eklund argue that the complexities of managing large numbers of people mean crowdsourcing reduces participants to one faceless crowd. Applied to research, this is inherently problematic as it contradicts the basic idea that we control who participates in our studies. This not only challenges scientific rules of representativeness but also leaves methodological designs vulnerable to researchers’ implicit assumptions about the crowd.

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Tags: Crowdsourcing, LSE Impact

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