The rise of big data and new technology offers a huge opportunity to address current social science questions in novel ways, as well as to pose entirely new questions that will help improve our understanding of the world.

This opportunity comes with challenges too. Alongside ethical, methodological and theoretical challenges, social scientists need an array of additional tools, skills and experiences to take full advantage of this opportunity, while maintaining the integrity of the research process.

Our mission is to advance social science by equipping researchers with the skills, tools and resources they need to successfully work with big data and new technology.