6:00 PM18:00

Survey Research In The Digital Age with Matthew Salganik

In the past several years, we have witnessed the birth and rapid spread of social media, smart phones, and numerous other digital marvels. In addition to changing how we live, these tools enable us to collect and process data about human behavior on a scale never before imaginable.  In this talk, I’ll describe how survey research fits into this new data landscape.  Further, I’ll use specific examples to illustrate how survey researchers can harness the tools of the digital age to collect data in new ways.  Throughout the talk I will emphasize ways that big data sources and surveys can serve as compliments rather than substitutes.

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4:00 PM16:00

Surveillance capitalism, governance and social justice: moving beyond data centrism

  • The Old Anatomy Lecture Theatre, K6.29 (map)
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What is at stake with data politics beyond privacy, security and efficiency? How do data systems reflect broader systems of injustice – and what might this mean for advancing social justice in an age of datafication? Join us for a public talk with Lina Dencik (Cardiff University) on her research about data justice and her work with the Data Justice Lab.

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1:00 PM13:00

An introduction to quantitative text analysis using R and Quanteda

Fast, flexible and scaleable text analysis for social science is possible using the R language and the Quanteda family of packages. In this tutorial Ken Benoit, Professor of Quantitative Social Research Methods at LSE will provide an overview of the language’s capabilities for natural language processing and text analysis, using a package (Quanteda) that Ken has developed himself. The tutorial will provide an introduction to and survey of Quanteda’s capabilities, and provide suggestions for future learning in this area.

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6:00 PM18:00

Building Back Trust: Demonstrating Research Impact

In a world becoming increasingly sceptical of the role and value of ‘expertise’, how can we ensure that social science research remains relevant, valued and utilised? In the face of this scepticism, do we need to alter the way in which we communicate research to the public and, if so, how? Are the channels for communicating research changing, and how can researchers ensure that they are using these channels to best effect? Bringing together Dr Sile Lane, Head of Interational Campaigns and Policy, Sense about Science, Catherine Fieschi, Director of Counterpoint, Louise Tickle, freelance journalist, and Amy Mollet, Senior Social Media Stategist at the Parliamentary Digital Service, this panel, held by SAGE Publishing and Sense about Science, will address these questions, exploring the ways in which social science research can be effectively communicated in order to build back trust in experts in a “post-truth” era.

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to Oct 27


  • Universitat Pompeu Fabra Barcelona Spain (map)
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Exploring new statistical frontiers at the intersection of survey science and big data.

October 25-27, 2018

Research and Expertise Centre for Survey Methodology (RECSM) at the Universitat Pompeu Fabra (UPF)

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6:00 PM18:00

Political Polarization in the Digital Age: Is Social Media More than an Echo Chamber?

SAGE Ocean Speaker Series #5

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Does political discussion on social media sites create ‘echo chambers’ for like minded views or foster exposure to diverse political messaging? Register now to hear Pablo Barberá discuss his latest research.

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8:30 AM08:30

Designing collective intelligence

Hosted by Nesta and SAGE Publishing, the event will be a day of talks, workshops and discussions to map the best tools and methods for collective intelligence; to learn from the inspiring people and projects already pioneering important work in this space; and to discuss how we can make the most of the opportunity in collective intelligence through research, experiments and practical programmes.

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