Big Data and Social Research Roundup No. 21

This month’s big data newsletter, viewable below, includes a recounting of the new Social Data Initiative that the Social Science Research Council and Facebook have launched alongside a variety of non-profit organizations. The newsletter also includes links to a trove of free accessible content, including a journal article on isomorphism through algorithms, a book chapter […]

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Archived Webinar: A Social Science Perspective on Data Science

In this archived webinar, Claudia von Vacano and Geoff Bacon, both at the University of California, Berkeley D-Lab and both instructors for SAGE Campus’s “Introduction to Data Science for Social Scientists” course discuss why data science is important to the social sciences, and what social scientists add to this vibrant conversation in the webinar. This […]

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Archived Webinar: Text Mining for Social Scientists

Text mining refers to digital social research methods that involve the collection and analysis of unstructured textual data, generally from internet-based sources such as social media and digital archives. In the webinar presented below, Gabe Ignatow and Rada Mihalcea discuss the fundamentals of text mining for social scientists, covering topics including research design, research ethics, […]

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Video: Key Skills in Writing a Qualitative Research Proposal

“No matter what your research goal, all research proposals present three common elements,” says qualitative methodology professor Nathan Durdella in the video segment below. “These are the introduction, the background or literature review, and the approach or methodology.” Durdella is an associate professor at California State University Northridge where he teaches graduate-level courses in action […]

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Where Should I Start – R or Python?

If you conduct social science research and you are using Stata, SAS, or SPSS, you might be looking to learn how to use some of the new tools on the block. R and Python are the two popular programming languages used by data analysts and data scientists, that provide many more features than the aforementioned […]

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Archived Webinar: Teaching Ethics for Research Methods

In this archived webinar, guest Craig A. Mertler of Arizona State University draws on his more than three decades as an educator to discuss how to teach ethics in research methods courses. The good news, says Mertler, is that this isn’t difficult content. But the bad news, he quickly adds, is getting grad students and […]

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Video: The Big Ethics Needed for Big Data

Is the skills gap in the social sciences and challenges with data access limiting the potential for big data to be put to “good” use? In this taped debate from the United Kingdom’s Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC) Festival of Social Science, Katie Metzler, head of methods innovation at SAGE Publishing, moderates a panel […]

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Big Data and Social Research Roundup No. 19

In this month’s big data newsletter, we open with a recounting of SAGE Publishing having co-hosted the first ever Social Science Foo Camp. The camp — ‘Foo’ stands for ‘Friends of O’Reilly,’ which with Facebook was also a host — is the first in a series of events that SAGE will be running as part […]

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Big Data and Social Research Roundup No. 17

This month’s big data newsletter includes a trio of free resources for readers — a free article from Big Data & Society on challenges in administrative data linkage for research; a free chapter from the book The Data Revolution on “Conceptualising Data;” and a free case study titled “Collection, Storage, Protection, and Sharing Issues With […]

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