Methods in Action: Creative Visual Methods

prime enemy of the best research is ‘the expectation.’ Researchers expect certain results or answers, and by Jove, they find them. Or they are familiar with the research terrain, and grow complacent in what they look for (or ignore what’s before their noses). If only someone could, as the old cliché goes, ‘draw a picture’ […]

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Size Doesn’t Matter in Big Data. What You Ask Does

Big data is changing the way we do science today. Traditionally, data were collected manually by scientists making measurements, using microscopes or surveys. These data could be analysed by hand or using simple statistical software on a PC. Big data has changed all that. These days, tremendous volumes of information are being generated and collected […]

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Webinar: Introduction to the British Social Attitudes survey, 15 November 2016, Online, 15.00-16.00

The UK Data Service and NatCen are running an introductory webinar about the British Social Attitudes survey. The British Social Attitudes survey (BSA) is a nationally representative survey of public opinion about life in Britain, and how Britain is run. BSA interviews around 3,000 people and has run most years since 1983. Topics covered include […]

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The Obstacles to Big Data Research: Details from a SAGE Survey

The authors of a new white paper on trends in big data research in the social sciences posited that because ‘big data’ is new, interdisciplinary and, well, big, that it would present “unique problems” to researchers. In fact, a lot of the biggest problems faced by researches will ring true in any academic endeavor –elusive […]

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Deborah Lupton: Drawing on Liquid Metaphors for Big Data

Last year The LSE Impact of Social Sciences blog saw sociologist, consulant and SAGE author Mark Carrigan interview a number of methods luminaries on the nature of ‘big data’ and the opportunities and challenges presented for scholarship with its growing influence in a series they called the Philosophy of Data Science Series. In this third interview, […]

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Manchester Open Data Dive, 9 November 2016, Manchester

As part of the ESRC Festival of Social Science, the UK Data Service and Digital Innovation are running an intense all-day Open Data Dive on Wednesday 9 November at The Shed at Manchester Metropolitan University (MMU). The Manchester Data Dive will bring together coders, data enthusiasts, graphic designers, project managers and pizza lovers to hunt […]

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Mind the Confidence Interval!

“Most patients using the new analgesia reported significantly reduced pain.” Such research findings sound exciting because the word significant suggests important and large. But researchers often use the word with a narrow statistical meaning that has nothing to do with importance. Consider this statement – a change is statistically significant if we are unlikely to […]

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Mathematics Can Fight the Abuse of Big Data Algorithms

“Is maths creating an unfair society?” That seems to be the question on many people’s lips. The rise of big data and the use of algorithms by organisations has left many blaming mathematics for modern society’s ills – refusing people cheap insurance, giving false credit ratings, or even deciding who to interview for a job. […]

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Crime Surveys User Conference 2016, 9 December 2016, Royal Statistical Society, London

The annual Crime Surveys User Conference, organised by the UK Data Service, will be held on Friday 9 December. The event is free to attend and lunch and refreshments will be provided. The user conference brings data producers and data users together to share updates on the development of the surveys and to showcase research […]

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Call for Papers: International Symposium on Qualitative Research

The 2nd International Symposium on Qualitative Research, to be held in Salamanca, pain on July 12-13, 2017, is seeking papers. Authors may submit proposals for presentation of papers that meet the goals and themes of the symposium, including original scientific articles addressing revisions to the state of the art research and new perspectives, solutions and/or applications to real […]

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Using Data Science to Solve Social Science Problems

  How can data science be harnessed by social sector organisations to address key problems and unriddle overarching social questions?DataKind UK, an organisation that looks at how data can be used for social change and impact, recently held it’s Autumn DataDive, sponsored by SAGE Publishing, in order to help two not-for-profit organisations (WeFarm and OneWorld) solve their data problems. […]

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