Date(s) - 11/09/2016
6:00 pm - 8:30 pm
As part of the ESRC Festival of Social Science, SAGE Publishing will present the panel discussion “Big Data, Social Media Research & Innovations in Research Methods – how will social science research and teaching evolve to meet the challenges of big data?” 0n
Wednesday, November 9 from 6-8:30 p.m. (panel debate from 6:30 to 7:30, drinks reception until 8:30). The event will be held in Central London, with a specific location to be announced.
Led by SAGE Publishing and the Campaign for Social Science, this event will bring together a panel of researchers this event will bring together a panel of researchers and experts to discuss the opportunities and challenges facing social scientists in this new world of big data analytics, exploring the various ways in which teaching and research are being adapted and influenced by vast new data sources and corresponding methodological innovations. We will explore these topics as we come to debate what the social research of the future will look like.
- What opportunities does the availability of big social data provide for social research? What new questions can we answer?
- Characteristics of big data include volume, variety and velocity; what new skills and methods are needed for data collection and data analysis?
- What ethical considerations are there in the use of social media data and other forms of big data?
- What are the challenges in negotiating access to big data for social research?
- What impact are these challenges having on the pace of change in the social sciences? How fast do social science courses need to evolve to equip researchers with the skills they need to engage in data intensive research?
- Sharon Witherspoon, Head of Policy, Academy of Social Sciences and Campaign for Social Science
- Dr Luke Sloan, Senior Lecturer, Cardiff University and Deputy Director of Cardiff Q-Step
- Mark Kennedy, Director, KPMG Centre for Business Analytics
Chairing the discussion is Katie Metzler, publishing editor for SAGE.