Labour Force and Annual Population Surveys User Conference 2016, 25 November 2016, London

The annual Labour Force and Annual Population Surveys User Conference, organised by the UK Data Service, will be held on 25 November. 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 […]

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Methods in Action: The Ethics of Studying Online Comments

  A lot of electronic ink has been spilled on the subject of online commenting, especially as a number of high-profile media outlets in the last three years have decided the experiment in ‘direct-er’ democracy has not been worth the appalling abuse often perpetrated by commenters. A lot of that ink has come from academics […]

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Webinar: Gateway to Global Aging Data Advanced Workshop, 20 October 2016, Online, 14.00 – 15.00

Are you interested in using the English Longitudinal Study of Ageing (ELSA) in conjunction with other international health and retirement studies? The UK Data Service and the Gateway to Global Aging Data are hosting a free webinar on 20 October, which will provide an introduction to the harmonized ELSA dataset and hands-on examples of conducting […]

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Workshop: Introduction to programming, Monday 31 October 2016, University of Manchester

There is more to programming than simply writing lines of code. This free workshop will provide you with a basic set of skills which are aimed at making the coding process more effective, less error prone and more maintainable. This workshop is intended for researchers who are looking to obtain a basic understanding of the […]

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Rob Kitchin: Big Data Should Complement, Not Replace, Small 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 first interview […]

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International Data Week: Readings and Details

Next week will see data scientists from private industry, government and academe gather in Colorado to jointly discuss the ‘data revolution’ for an event known as International Data Week. Themed  “From Big Data to Open Data: Mobilizing the Data Revolution,” the event brings together three data-centered umbrella organizations as hosts working across three key annual […]

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Methods in Action: Using Big Data to Help Redress the Flint Water Crisis

By Jacob Abernethy and Eric Schwartz The water crisis in Flint, Michigan highlights a number of serious problems: a public health outbreak, inadequate urban infrastructure, environmental injustice and political failures. But when it comes to recovery, the central challenge, and one that has received relatively little attention, is our lack of useful information and understanding. […]

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Looking after and managing your research data: An advanced training course, London, 1 – 2 November 2016

This in-depth 2-day course will help researchers develop their knowledge and professional skills in handling, managing and sharing the research data they produce. The hands-on workshop will focus on all kinds of data – quantitative and qualitative – covering: Why and how to share data Research data management planning Documenting and providing context for data […]

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Webinar: Big Data and Social Research Ethics, Online 15.00-16.00, 27 October 2016

Big data is everywhere – or at least it seems to be. It may seem that all social research is now devoted to big data in various forms: social media, administrative data, transaction records, geo-spatial data, and more. This dominance might be slightly exaggerated, but there is no doubt that big data raises big questions […]

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