Session:Wednesday 9th July AM (09.15 - 12.45)
Title:Challenges/Opportunities of Using Social Media for Social Science Research
Convenor: Ms Kandy Woodfield (NatCen Social Research)

Abstract Details

Social media is used increasingly in social science research as a source of data, a way to connect with participants and with other researchers. These research approaches raise interesting and challenging questions for conventional approaches to research. In this session leading members of last year's NCRM funded Network of Methodological Innovation - Blurring the Boundaries - New Social Social Media, New Social Science? will be talking about case studies from their own experience. The #NSMNSS network is a thriving global community of researchers using social media. This session will give you a chance to hear more about their work.

Presentation downloads

Carl Miller Myths and methodologies: can we robustly understand attitudes from Twitter?
Donna Peach Using social media to curate a collaborative social research hub: A phd student’s experience
Luke Sloan Social media and prediction: crime sensing, Data integration and statistical modelling. Using the Collaborative Online Social Media Observatory (COSMOS) to link police incident, Census 2011 & Twitter data
Kandy Woodfield Introduction / Blurring the boundaries: findings from a network of researchers using social media

The level of the session is: Accessible

Presentation details

There will be a coffee break from 10.45 - 11.15

Presentation 1
Start time: 09:15
Presentation title:Blurring the boundaries: findings from a network of researchers using social media
Authors: Ms Kandy Woodfield (NatCen Social Research)
Ms Kelsey Beninger (NatCen Social Research)
Presentation 2
Start time: 09:45
Presentation title:Social media and prediction: crime sensing, Data integration and statistical modelling. Using the Collaborative Online Social Media Observatory (COSMOS) to link police incident, Census 2011 & Twitter data.
Authors: Dr Luke Sloan (Cardiff University, School of Social Science)
Dr Matthew Williams (Cardiff University, School of Social Science)
Presentation 3
Start time: 10:30
Presentation title:Using social media to curate a collaborative social research hub: A PhD student’s experience
Author: Ms Donna Peach (Huddersfield University)
Presentation 4
Start time: 11:15
Presentation title:Myths and methodologies: can we robustly understand attitudes from Twitter?
Authors: Mr Jamie Bartlett (Demos)
Mr Carl Miller (Demos)
Presentation 5
Start time: 12:00
Presentation title:From Flickr to Snapchat: The challenge of analysing images on social media.
Author: Dr Farida Vis (Sheffield University)