Causation, Correlation, and Big Data in Social Science Research

Cowls, Josh and Schroeder, Ralph (2015) Causation, Correlation, and Big Data in Social Science Research. Policy & Internet 7 (4), 447-472. The emergence of big data offers not only a potential boon for social scientific inquiry, but also raises distinct epistemological issues for this new area of research. Drawing on interviews conducted with researchers at the forefront… Continue reading Causation, Correlation, and Big Data in Social Science Research

Designing for Debate: Towards a Design Taxonomy for Online Deliberation Platforms

This paper was submitted as my final project for the Media Arts and Sciences class, Unpacking Impact, in December 2015. Introduction In this position paper I explore the possibilities and challenges surrounding the design of platforms for civic debate. I draw on lessons from theory and practice to offer a taxonomy of characteristics, which may… Continue reading Designing for Debate: Towards a Design Taxonomy for Online Deliberation Platforms

The Ethics of Given-off versus Captured Data in Large-scale Social Research

Cowls, Josh and Schroeder, Ralph (2015) The Ethics of Given-off versus Captured Data in Digital Social Research. Workshop on Ethics for Studying Sociotechnical Systems in a Big Data World, CSCW 2015, March 2015, Vancouver, B.C., Canada. This paper proposes new terminology to enhance understanding of how big data can be used for research, in both… Continue reading The Ethics of Given-off versus Captured Data in Large-scale Social Research

Ad-hoc encounters with big data: Engaging citizens in conversations around tabletops

Fjeld, Morten, Woźniak, Paweł, Cowls, Josh and Nardi, Bonnie (2015). Ad-hoc encounters with big data: Engaging citizens in conversations around tabletops. First Monday 20 (2). The increasing abundance of data creates new opportunities for communities of interest and communities of practice. We believe that interactive tabletops will allow users to explore data in familiar places such… Continue reading Ad-hoc encounters with big data: Engaging citizens in conversations around tabletops

Big Data and Positive Change in the Developing World: Challenges and Opportunities

Taylor, Linnet, Cowls, Josh, Schroeder, Ralph and Eric T. Meyer (2014). Big Data and Positive Change in the Developing World: Challenges and Opportunities. Policy & Internet 6 (4), pp. 418-444. This paper is the product of a workshop that brought together practitioners, researchers, and data experts to discuss how big data is becoming a resource for… Continue reading Big Data and Positive Change in the Developing World: Challenges and Opportunities

The Crowd in the Cloud? Three challenges for gauging public opinion online

Cowls, Josh (2014) The Crowd in the Cloud? Three challenges for gauging public opinion online. IPP2014: Crowdsourcing for Politics and Policy, September 2014, Oxford, UK. Much excitement surrounds the use of social sources of big data – harvested from popular networking platforms like Twitter and Facebook, as well as other forms of socially generated data… Continue reading The Crowd in the Cloud? Three challenges for gauging public opinion online

Big Data, Ethics, and the Social Implications of Knowledge Production

Schroeder, Ralph and Cowls, Josh (2014) Big Data, Ethics, and the Social Implications of Knowledge Production. Data Ethics Workshop, KDD@Bloomberg, August 24 2014, New York, NY, USA. This position paper addresses current debates about data in general, and big data specifically, by examining the ethical issues arising from advances in knowledge production. Typically ethical issues… Continue reading Big Data, Ethics, and the Social Implications of Knowledge Production

Mapping the UK webspace: fifteen years of british universities on the web

Hale, SA, Yasseri, T, Cowls, J, Meyer, ET, Schroeder, R and H Margetts (2015) Mapping the UK webspace: fifteen years of British universities on the web. Proceedings of the 2014 ACM conference on Web science, 62-70. This paper maps the national UK web presence on the basis of an analysis of the .uk domain from 1996 to… Continue reading Mapping the UK webspace: fifteen years of british universities on the web