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Collaboration & Big Data Research

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Big Data can mean the research is too big to conduct on your own.

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Africa Can Lead, Not Lag, in Data Science

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The term “data science” was coined by scientists working at the social networks LinkedIn and Facebook in 2008. A few years later, they dubbed it “the sexiest profession of the 21st century.” This relatively new, interdisciplinary field is a blend of statistics, computer science, mathematics, engineering and subject matter knowledge. In fact, any and all […]

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Census Bureau Seeks Feedback on Privacy System

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The digital age demands constant vigilance to combat threats that come along with technological advancements, and in that vein the U.S. Census Bureau is implementing a new disclosure avoidance system for data stewardship. Statistical safeguards — referred by the Census Bureau as “disclosure avoidance” — aim to prevent tracing personal information to a specific individual. […]

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Big Data Uncovers Prevalence of Gender Inequality in Creative World

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The term “big data” may bring to mind swaths of private information held by tech companies. But lots of big data is, in fact, visible to all – we just may not think of it as “data.” If you’ve been to the movies recently, you will have seen a dataset of credits – listing the […]

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Literacy More than Ethics Missing in Data Science

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I swear by Hypatia, by Lovelace, by Turing, by Fisher (and/or Bayes), and by all the statisticians and data scientists, making them my witnesses, that I will carry out, according to my ability and judgement, this oath and this indenture. Could this be the first line of a “Hippocratic Oath” for mathematicians and data scientists? […]

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APS Panel: Connecting Behavioral Scientists and Tech

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The beneficial symbiosis between behavioral scientists and digital technologists came a cropper earlier this year when the Cambridge Analytica scandal highlighted the fraught relationship that can arise when ethical concerns are overlooked or ignored. And yet the explosion of data comping from corporate sources (35 zettabytes are expected by 2010) and the burgeoning numbers of […]

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RMF Highlight: Big Data Research in the Social Sciences

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The Economic and Social Research Center hosted the biennial Research Methods Festival at the University of Bath. If you weren’t able to attend in person, enjoy this series of posts.  Today’s Festival highlight is from SAGE’s own Katie Metler, the Executive Head of Methods Innovation at SAGE Publishing. She has generously shared her presentation slides: Katie discussed […]

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Archived Webinar: A Social Science Perspective on Data Science

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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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Video: The Big Ethics Needed for Big Data

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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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Putting Big Data to ‘Good’ Use


Big data and its impact on society and social policy has remained at the forefront of discussions within the social sciences for several years. But as we advance further into this data driven society, examples of big data having been used to maximize profit and cause harm have made global headlines. Those in favor of […]

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Big Data – interesting reads

This is a group for anyone interested in big data research who wants to share links of interest on the topic.

Public Group / 36 members

Advanced Visualisation Group

There is well – forgotten way of visualization of Big Data usually used by applied mathematicians in natural sciences. In comparison with popular Visual Story Telling,this kind of  mathematical visualization assumes an e

Public Group / 13 members

Actor Network Theory

Discussion and application of ANT

Public Group / 27 members

Big Data – interesting reading

This is a group for anyone interested in big data research who wants to share links of interest on the topic.


Actor Network Theory

Discussion and application of ANT


Advanced Visualisation Group

There is well – forgotten way of visualization of Big Data usually used by applied mathematicians in natural sciences. In comparison with popular Visual Story Telling,this kind of  mathematical visualization assumes an existence of some Platonic mathematical structures and objects behind Data. Hence,we always can reduce Data to equation, theorem and thus to deduce real prediction of […]


A group for those interested in discussing the reuse of UK census data.


Media and Information Literacy Seminar

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Date(s) - 10/22/2019
9:00 am - 12:00 pm

Faculty of World Studies


Celebrating the eighth Global Media and Information Literacy Week (24 – 31 Oct 2019), the UNESCO Chair on Cyberspace and Culture is organizing the “Global Media and Information Literacy Seminar: Media and Information Literate Citizens” on Tuesday, 22 October 2019.

This seminar aims to address the concept of MIL Citizens and how MIL can contribute to improving the levels of information, engagement, and empowerment for all. By highlighting these issues, we can progress towards the objectives of open and pluralistic information systems, promoting sustainable development, inclusion, equality, intercultural dialogue, and safeguarding democracy.


  • UNESCO Chair on Cyberspace and Culture
  • Faculty of World Studies, University of Tehran

Collaborators & Endorsers:

  • Center for Open Science
  • Coko – Collaborative Knowledge Foundation
  • Cyberspace Research Policy Center
  • Figshare
  • Global Alliance for Partnerships on MIL
  • International Association of Communication in Healthcare
  • Iranian National UNESCO Commission
  • Iranian World Studies Association
  • Mendeley
  • UNESCO Chair on E-Learning & Teaching
  • UNESCO Chair on the Communication of Science & Technology
  • University of Tehran

Themes & Topics:

  • Disinformation, propaganda, and MIL
  • MIL, elections, good governance
  • Youth and the news
  • Studies of the use of media, information and technology to advance MIL development among people
  • MIL citizens as empowered and informed members of the society
  • Promoting intercultural dialogue
  • MIL and freedom of expression: Hate speech, dialogue, and engagement
  • Teacher training; how to educate the educators?
  • Youth: Formal/informal education, and peer education
  • MIL role in privacy and protection of personal data (General Data Protection Regulation)
  • MIL Futures: Innovation, best practices, challenges, the next step, where are we heading?
  • Innovation, tools, state of the art technology such as artificial intelligence enhancing MIL


  • Saied Reza Ameli

Professor of Communications, the Dean of Faculty of World Studies at University of Tehran, the Secretary of Supreme Council of the Cultural Revolution, and the director of the UNESCO Chair on Cyberspace & Culture, and Cyberspace Policy Research Center

  • Hojatollah Ayoubi

Secretary General of the Iranian National Commission for UNESCO, and Associate Professor at the Faculty of World Studies, University of Tehran

  • Younes Shokrkhah

Head of Department of European Studies and Assistant Professor of Communications at the Faculty of World Studies, University of Tehran, journalist and the Editor in Chief of Hamshahri Online

  • Ehsan Shahghasemi

Assistant Professor of Communications at the Faculty of Social Sciences at University of Tehran, and the executive board member of the UNESCO Chair on Cyberspace & Culture

  • Alireza Salehi Nejad

Multidisciplinary Researcher at the Cyberspaces Research Policy Center at University of Tehran, and the executive board member of the UNESCO Chair on Cyberspace & Culture


Missing Data

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Date(s) - 02/19/2019 - 02/20/2019
9:00 am - 5:00 pm

SpringHill Suites San Diego


Statistical Horizons is hosting a 2-day seminar, taught by Dr. Paul Allison, titled Missing Data. The course will take place in San Diego, California, from February 19-20.

This course will cover the theory and practice of both maximum likelihood and multiple imputation. Maximum likelihood for linear models will be demonstrated with SAS, Stata, and Mplus. Mplus will also be used for maximum likelihood with logistic regression. Multiple imputation will be demonstrated with both SAS and Stata.

Conventional methods for missing data, like listwise deletion or regression imputation, are prone to three serious problems:

  • Inefficient use of the available information, leading to low power and Type II errors.
  • Biased estimates of standard errors, leading to incorrect p-values.
  • Biased parameter estimates, due to failure to adjust for selectivity in missing data.


Anyone who does statistical analysis can benefit from new methods for handling missing data. To take this course, you should have a good working knowledge of the principles and practice of multiple regression.

This two day course hosted by Statistical Horizons is $995 for two days, which includes all materials. To register for the course CLICK HERE.

Data Science for the Public Good Symposium 2018

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Date(s) - 08/09/2018
12:30 pm - 5:00 pm


Please join the The Social and Decision Analytics Laboratory at Virginia Tech for this summer’s Data Science for the Public Good (DSPG) Symposium where DSPG students and fellows will present their research projects. This symposium will highlight how the DSPG program equips new generations of scientists with the skills they need to develop data-driven policy and decision-making.

The DSPG program focuses at the interface of data analytics and social science to address real problems at the local, state, and federal levels of government. The Symposium will include two keynote speakers followed by a poster session and networking reception.

Keynote Speakers:

• Catherine Woteki, former undersecretary for research, education and economics and chief scientist, U.S. Department of Agriculture

• Wayne Strickland, executive director, Roanoke Valley-Alleghany Regional Commission

If you are an individual with a disability and desire an accommodation, please contact Lori Conerly at during regular business hours at least ten business days prior to the event.

Zoom Information:
Join from PC, Mac, Linux, iOS or Android:  
NOTE:  Zoom will open at 12:50 p.m. and the symposium will begin at 1 p.m.

12:30 p.m. Registration
1 p.m. Welcome & Introductions
Sallie Keller, Director and Professor of Statistics, SDAL
1:15 p.m. Keynote Speakers
1:15-1:45 p.m. Catherine Woteki
1:45-2:15 p.m. Wayne Strickland
2:15–2:30 p.m. Poster Slam – DSPG fellows and students promote their research posters in a fast-paced session and invite the audience to review their posters
2:30–5 p.m. Poster Session & Networking Reception

To register for the free event, CLICK HERE.

SDAL brings together statisticians and social and behavioral scientists to embrace today’s data revolution, developing evidence-based research and quantitative methods to inform policy decision-making.

Introduction to Data Visualisation

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Date(s) - 06/25/2018
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Starting June 25th SAGE Publishing and Andy Kirk are teaming up to offer a full 3 month course in where students will build up a detailed understanding of all the different aspects of decision-making that go into any data visualization design work.

This course is approximately 10 hours of learning, which you can complete at your own pace during your 3 month access period. Your course instructor Andy will be periodically checking in on the forum discussions to offer guidance where needed.

Course Overview

Nothing communicates a complex story faster than the perfect visualization. Learn from Andy Kirk, data visualization guru, how to transform your data into powerful visualizations and info-graphics.

The focus of the teaching is to impart the craft of this discipline – you will understand what to think, when to think, and how to resolve all the analytical and design decisions involved in any data-driven challenge.

If you work with any form of data, big or small, and want to increase the impact of your research, this enlightening and exciting course is for you.

Additional Materials

This course comes with a free copy of Andy Kirk’s book, Data Visualisation: A Handbook for Data Driven Design. The book isn’t essential for completion of the course, but there are sections of the course where you might find it interesting to do a little outside reading.

Course objectives

By the end of the course you will be able to:

  • harness color, composition, interactivity, and annotation to tell your data story
  • tailor your visualisations to your audience’s needs and integrate critical thinking into your design decisions
  • determine what is the most important, relevant and interesting content to portray to your audience


The enrollment cost for the 3 month access and teaching by Andy Kirk is $399. To Enroll in the course reserve your spot via hyperlink.

For anymore information CLICK HERE.

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Other Information

A Discount is offered to those who attend the Data Visualization: Game of Decisions webinar that is FREE on June 1st. To attend the Free Webinar Please RSVP before June 1st HERE.

To learn about Andy and his previous classes CLICK HERE for MethodSpaces synopsis and write up of his previous classes. Be Sure to look out for more of Andy’s Classes on MethodSpace.

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Andy Kirk is a UK-based data visualization specialist: A design consultant, training provider, lecturer, author, speaker, researcher, and editor of an award-winning website. Since founding Visualizing Data Ltd in 2011, he has delivered over 230 public and private training workshop events in 19 countries. Recent clients include Spotify, Telefónica, Tesco, Hershey, and CERN.

Andy is a visiting lecturer teaching data visualization on a Master’s degree program at Imperial College London and is the author of two books, with the most recent work published in 2016 by SAGE and titled ‘Visualising Data: A Handbook for Data Driven Design‘. He also provides data visualisation services to the Arsenal F.C. performance team.

Free Webinar for Student Success with Data

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Date(s) - 09/27/2017
2:00 pm - 3:00 pm


Come join this free webinar on collecting, examining, and reporting data. SAGE will be hosting a free one-hour webinar on September 27, starting at 2 p.m. E.T. Data Services and Government Information Librarian, Lynda Kellam, discusses how to best help your students with finding data, followed by SAGE Stats’ Diana Aleman who helps guide you on analyzing and visualizing data.

Lynda Kellam

Space will be limited and is available for RSVP today, to reserve a spot. The webinar is tailored to both students and educators nation wide, and does provide practical knowledge that could be past down and taught to others. Those who plan on attending should look forward to coming out with knowledge on how to interpret and find data that is reliable and be able to present data in jobs and in research areas.

As mentioned the webinar will take place at 2 P.M. eastern standard time but will also be available to all around the world. To register please click HERE.

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