Big Data Research: What’s Holding Us Back?

We social scientists are at the threshold of a period of dramatic change — change that comes with both opportunity and challenge. Mark Kenney Everyday a massive amount of information is being created and collected through new digital technologies. These vast social, transactional and administrative data sets present researchers with the opportunity for potentially ground-breaking […]

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The New Digital Divide: Big Data Rich and Big Data Poor

“Data is the new oil.” Clive Humby, mathematician and architect of Tesco’s Clubcard, is credited with saying this first in 2006, and it’s been repeated numerous times in the last decade. The comparison between data and oil refers to its value being extracted through refinement; or in the case of data, through analysis. Unlike oil, […]

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Quantitative Skills conference 26th March 2012

On Monday, I attended an excellent conference at the British Academy on Quantitative Skills, with a focus on international comparisons. The main question posed by the conference was, ‘How well trained are UK social science students in quantitative skills?’ The resounding answer was ‘Not very well’! The conference examined some of the reasons for this, […]

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ESRC new Doctoral Training Centres

The ESRC has announced their ‘new national network of 21 Doctoral Training Centres (DTCs)’ which will deliver funded   postgraduate training. ESRC DTCs.   What impact do people think this will have on methods training at instutions not on this list? Are there surprises on this list?   Would be really interested to hear peoples’ thoughts… […]

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Free online course materials

The Guardian published an interesting article about free online course materials available and the potential long-terms effects of these on the university system… Take a look at what’s available now – it’s incredible! This is what the Guardian article above says: “OpenCourseWare Consortium, a collaboration of more than 200 higher education institutions and other […]

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