As part of the 2016 ESRC Festival of Social Science, SAGE Publishing and the Campaign for Social Science held a panel debate exploring big data and social media research.
The panel sought to address:
1) What opportunities does the availability of big social data provide for social research? What new questions can we answer?
2) Characteristics of big data include volume, variety and velocity; what new skills and methods are needed for data collection and data analysis?
3) What ethical considerations are there in the use of social media data and other forms of big data?
4)What are the challenges in negotiating access to big data for social research?
5) What impact are these challenges having on the pace of change in the social sciences? How fast do social science courses need to evolve to equip researchers with the skills they need to engage in data intensive research?
The full video of the panel debate can be found here: https://www.youtube.com/embed/XWUK_UMsz9M