Tag Archives: oiibigdata

Clear data, unknown meanings

This post comes out of the big data project currently underway at the Oxford Internet Institute. One of the questions we are asking in this research is what constitutes ‘big data’ for social scientists, and how it’s changing the way they do their work. One prevalent assumption is that the most elementary distinction between ‘big’ […]

Big Data: Tools and Access

This is a group post from a session held at the Big Data: Rewards and Risks for the Social Sciences conference in March (http://www.oii.ox.ac.uk/events/?id=557). Participants in the group were Chris Birchall, Michael Khoo, Cornelius Puschmann, Kalpana Shankar, Jillian Wallis, Janet Smart, Melissa Terras and Linnet Taylor. This is an account of the session we held […]

big data: rewards and risks for the social sciences

At the end of March OII held a workshop on the potential of big data for social scientific research. The workshop brought together researchers from various continents and a wide variety of disciplines, with research interests including immigration and xenophobia, the genesis of innovation, labour markets and financial risk. The aim of the event was […]

big data in the developing world

Starting to think about the discussion we are going to organise in 2014 at the Rockefeller Foundation’s Bellagio Centre on big data and social change in the developing world. Initially this seems very broad: big data could be almost anything; the developing world similarly. Our emerging project definition of ‘big data’ is data that is […]

Towards a Sociology of Data

OII recently held a workshop – ‘Towards a Sociology of Data’ – which brought together sociologists, philosophers, political scientists and computer scientists to discuss whether there exists – or needs to be – ‘a sociology of data’. The workshop was based around three main discussions: our relationship to data as private individuals, as citizens, and […]