social science

Big data in social science research: access and replication

This is a blog I wrote for Nesta in two parts (part 1, part 2). I include both parts here for convenience.

Academic researchers are increasingly recognising the value in proprietary big data. The huge, networked, personal datasets associated with web giants such as Facebook could be a boon for social science research. But without a way for interested researchers to consistently access this data, such research fails the basic test of replicability. (more…)