Oxford e-Social Science Project - OeSS - Giving Academics a Lead in Big Data and Collaborative Networking Initiatives Bill DuttonPresentation for a session, entitled ‘The Digital Social Research Programme:Showcasing Advances in e-Social Science’, at the NCRM Methods Festival, 2 July 2012.
Oxford e-Social Science Project (OeSS) Phase I: Indentifying the Problems, 2005-08 Phase II: Identifying Possible Solutions, 2008-12 - W. Dutton, M. Jirotka, R. Schroeder, S. Woolgar A. Carusi, G. Eden, K. Eccles, E. Meyer, C. Millard, L. Power, T. Webmoor Oxford Internet Institute, Oxford e-Research Centre, Saïd Business School -Phase I: Oxford e-Social Science (OeSS) Project: Ethical, Legal and Institutional Dynamics of Grid-Enabled e-Sciences (1 October 2005 until 30 November 2008, Award Number RES-149-25-1022)Phase II: The Oxford e-Social Science Project: Ethical, Legal and Institutional Responses toEmerging e-Research Infrastructure Policies and Practices (1 December 2008 until 30 March 2012,ESRC Award Number RES-149-25-1082)
Empirical Social Science Approaches Spanning types of data and tools Case studies Spanning disciplines: (Social) sciences and humanities Privacy and data protection Issue-based studies Institutional Infrastructures E-Research ethics, and … Online survey of e-Research: Bottom-up practices, proximity and cohorts Survey research Scientometrics and webmetrics: Global visibility and outputLongitudinal ethnographies Contexts of research innovation
Reconfiguring Access in Everyday Life and Work • How you get information Information • What you know • How you communicate People • Who you know • How you obtain services Services • From whom, from where • How you do what you do Technology • What know-how you require
Reconfiguring Access in Research • How you collaborate Collaboration • With whom you collaborate • How you observe objects Observation • What you observe/experience • How you obtain info, dataData, Information • What you collect • How you conduct Analysis • Where you obtain computation • When & how you disseminate Distribution • What you distribute to whom
Researchers First Port of Call Collaborative Network Search v Sites Organizations Empowering NetworkedIndivi duals; Democratizing Research Trust Social Cues Centrality Significance Students
Networked Institutions & Researchers Networked • Institutional Repositories and Clouds Research • Online Access to Journals • Digitizing Library Holdings Institutions • Searching for and Accessing Distributed ResourcesNetworked • Subject Matter Repositories • Blogging Lab NotesResearchers • Moving Beyond Institutions for Video, Group Editing, …Collaborative • Citizen Science Network • Local Resources Shared Globally • Distributed CollaborationOrganizations
Arena: Networked Institutions Networked IndividualsNews Online journalism, BBC Netizens, Citizen Online, Live Micro-Blogging Journalists, Bloggers, Whistleblowers, Leaks, Churnalism.org, Hacking BlacklashResearch Institutional Repositories, Search, Subject Matter Institutional Clouds, Online Repositories, Cloud Access to Libraries, Services, Citizen Scientists, Digitization of Holdings, Blogging (Lab Notes), Journals Online Online Tools (Surveys, Content Analysis)Education Online Learning, Multimedia Backchannels, Informal Classrooms Learning, Rate My TeacherHealth and Medical NHS Direct, e-mailing Going to the Internet for safety alerts health information, Networks of Patients,
Key Challenges1. Refocusing on (data) resources for ‘Networked Researchers’ - as well as ‘Institutions’ - that are democratizing research2. Focus more on implications for research (quality, value) versus diffusion of technical innovations3. Conveying significance of digital social research across the disciplines versus technical innovation for social science (social scientists should study digital research as well as computer science support of social sciences), e.g., insights of relevance to big data initiatives4. Ethical, legal, institutional and other social factors need to be more central – less technology-centric5. Post-Novelty (big data, visualization, …) methodological concerns will rise in significance6. Creating and supporting new digital curricula, digital literacy
Related Publications:Dutton, W. H., and Jeffreys, P. (2010) (eds), World Wide Research: Reshaping the Sciences and Humanities. Cambridge, MA: The MIT Press.Dutton, W. H. (2011), ‘The Politics of Next Generation Research: Democratizing Research-Centred Computational Networks’, Journal of Information Technology, 26, 109–119.Dutton, W. H., Jirotka, M., Meyer, E. T., Schroeder, R., Simpson, C. R. (2012), ‘Key Issues for Digital Research: A Social Science Perspective on Policy and Practice’, Forum Discussion Paper on SSRN at http://ssrn.com/abstract=2071160Dutton, W. H. (forthcoming), ‘Social Shaping of Digital Research’, International Journal of Social Research Methodology, forthcoming.See OeSS Project Web Site at: http://microsites.oii.ox.ac.uk/oess/
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