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Digital Transformation in Social Science

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Digital Transformation in Social Sciences - What is Computational Social Science?

A keynote presentation given at the Digital Humanities Morning held at the University of Helsinki, 12.05.2015

By: Lauri Eloranta
twitter: @laurieloranta

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Digital Transformation in Social Science

  1. 1. DIGITALTRANSFORMATION IN SOCIALSCIENCE WHAT IS COMPUTATIONAL SOCIAL SCIENCE? BY @LAURIELORANTA
  2. 2. @LAURIELORANTA
  3. 3. “In short, a computational social science is emerging [field] that leverages the capacity to collect and analyze data with an unprecedented breadth and depth and scale.” (Lazer et al. 2009.) Lazer, D. et al. 2009. Computational Social Science. Science. 6 February 2009: Vol. 323, no. 5915, pp. 721-723.
  4. 4. INCREASINGLY COMPLEX SOCIETY THE BACKGROUNDIMAGE “POINTAND LINE TO (MULTIPLE)PLANE(S).”RODRIGOCARVALHO IS UNDERNON COMMERCIALCREATIVECOMMONS LICENSE.SEE ORIGINALIMAGE HERE. SEE LICENSETERMS HERE.
  5. 5. INSTRUMENTAL REVOLUTION THE BACKGROUNDIMAGE “TATELTELESCOPE”BY EP_JHU IS UNDERNON COMMERCIALCREATIVECOMMONS LICENSE. SEE ORIGINALIMAGEHERE. SEE LICENSE TERMS HERE. ITISFOREMOSTAN
  6. 6. COMPUTER SCIENCE SOCIAL SCIENCE STATISTICS COMPUTATIONAL SOCIALSCIENCE
  7. 7. Time More Less • Speed and performance of IT (CPU, RAM, Network) • Access to IT / Internet • Amount of data generated • Cost of IT
  8. 8. BIG DATA& AUTOMATED INFROMATION EXTRACTION SOCIAL NETWORK ANALYSIS COMPLEX SYSTEMS & MODELING SIMULATION 1 2 3 4
  9. 9. FUNDAMENTAL CHANGES IN RESEARCH SETUP THE BACKGROUNDIMAGE “HOME VISIT”BY NICOLAS NOVA IS UNDERCREATIVECOMMONS LICENSE. SEE ORIGINALIMAGE HERE. SEE LICENSE TERMS HERE.
  10. 10. MAJOR QUESTIONS REGARDING RESEARCH ETHICS THE BACKGROUNDIMAGE “CAMÉRA DE SURVEILLANCE”BY TRISTANNITOT IS UNDERCREATIVECOMMONS LICENSE. SEE ORIGINALIMAGE HERE. SEE LICENSE TERMS HERE.
  11. 11. NOTA SILVER BULLET COMPUTATIONAL SOCIALSCIENCEIS THE BACKGROUNDIMAGE “9MM BULLET BW”BY AN NGUYEN IS UNDERCREATIVECOMMONS LICENSE. SEE ORIGINALIMAGE HERE. SEE LICENSE TERMS HERE.
  12. 12. Computational Social Science proposes revolutionary opportunities for the social sciences, but it has still some challenges in relation to methods, interdisciplinary cooperation and research ethics.
  13. 13. Thank You! Questions and comments? twitter: @laurieloranta PS. Introduction to Computational Social Science will run again next autumn at the University of Helsinki

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