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Big Data Often Flips Scientific Method on Its Head. That’s Bad

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There’s an increasing concern among scholars that, in many areas of science, famous published results tend to be impossible to reproduce. This crisis can be severe. For example, in 2011, Bayer HealthCare reviewed 67 in-house projects and found that they could replicate less than 25 percent. Furthermore, over two-thirds of the projects had major inconsistencies. […]

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Computation and Context Are Not a Zero-Sum Game

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I recently got jazzed about two findings coming out of the world of computational social science, primarily because they hit so close to my home (hello, junior faculty feeling the pressure to produce): Dashun Wang looked at the career trajectories of 30,000 artists across multiple types of field: art, film, and science. He found that […]

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Big Data and Social Research Roundup No. 28

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Two must-read blog posts and a report on the latest SAGE Ocean speaker series event are key draws in the latest big data newsletter, viewable below. The blog posts include “The Computation/Context Trade-Off?” by Laura K. Nelson, assistant professor in the Department of Sociology and Anthropology at Northeastern University, and “Learning data science from a […]

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Data in the News: CDC Recommends Injectable Flu Shots

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As another flu season crosses the U.S., the question on many parents’ minds is one as old as time: to vaccinate my child or not? Young children and the elderly are particularly susceptible to influenza and the flu. The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, or CDC, reported a record of 180 pediatric flu […]

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Big Data and Social Research Roundup No. 27

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This month’s Big Data Newsletter from SAGE Publishing unlocks three pieces of free content, including a Spotify playlist created by Dave Beer to accompany his book, The Data Gaze. Other benefits of receiving the newsletter include a free lesson focused on intermediate skills in the Python language, and a free chapter on “Big Social Science: […]

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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

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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.

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Actor Network Theory

Discussion and application of ANT

Public Group / 24 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

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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.

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Actor Network Theory

Discussion and application of ANT

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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 […]

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Census.ac.uk

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

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Data Science for the Public Good Symposium 2018

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

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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 loric17@vt.edu during regular business hours at least ten business days prior to the event.

Zoom Information:
Join from PC, Mac, Linux, iOS or Android: https://virginiatech.zoom.us/j/553667234  
NOTE:  Zoom will open at 12:50 p.m. and the symposium will begin at 1 p.m.

AGENDA:
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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Introduction

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

Enrollment

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
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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.

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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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Data Science for the Public Good Symposium

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Date/Time
Date(s) - 07/27/2017
1:00 pm - 5:00 pm

Location
Virginia Tech Research Center, Executive Briefing Center

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Join the Social and Decision Analytics Laboratory for this summer’s Data Science for the Public Good (DSPG) Symposium where our 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 day’s host is Sallie Keller, director, Social & Decision Analytics Laboratory.

The DSPG program focuses on 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.

Registration:

Click here to sign up for the DSPG Symposium. Registration for this event is free and open to the public.

Keynote Speakers:

  • Nancy Potok, Chief Statistician of the United States, Office of Management and Budget
  • David Yokum Director, The Lab @ DC, Executive Office of the Mayor

Webinar: Presenting Data Effectively

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Date(s) - 06/07/2017
10:00 am - 11:00 am

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In this free webinar, Stephanie Evergreen will address principles of data visualization, report, and slideshow design that support legibility, comprehension, and stick our information in our audience’s brains. Attendees will learn the science behind presenting data effectively and will leave with direct, pointed changes that can be immediately administered to significantly increase impact.

Evergreen’s presentation will be followed by audience Q&A. On line space is limited, so register today! To register, click here.