Big Data and New Skills

A panel on the challenge of big data which took place at the International Sociological Association’s Logic & Methodologies conference.

Bringing together a panel of academic experts, this event calls upon the panelists to discuss the challenges and opportunities facing research and teaching skills in this new world of big data analytics. In this age of Big Data, new paradigms will be needed not only for research methodology, but also for study design and interpretation, cross-disciplinary collaboration, data curation and dissemination, visualization, replication, and research ethics.

This panel explores the various ways in which teaching and research methods are being adapted and influenced by the vast number of new data sources and methodological innovations, as well as the changing demands of the field.

What impact will the changing data environment have on social research?
How are research methods changing because of these influences?
What developments are being seen in qualitative, quantitative and mixed methods teaching as a result?
These topics are explored as panelists debate what the research of the future will look like and what teaching and research skills will be needed to address it.

The expert panelists for the debate include:

Professor Henrietta O’Connor
Professor Barbara Kawulich
Dr Mark Carrigan
Professor Nigel Fielding
Dr Kingsley Purdam
Dr Vera Toepool

The debate was chaired by:

Dr Jerry Coulton

Categories: Digital Sociology

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