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Why examining the gritty details of human social organisation is key to understanding the nature of ‘ubiquitous’ technologies

Consider, for a moment, the pervasive spread of computational devices, services and infrastructures that insinuate themselves into almost every part of life for a sizeable proportion …

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What is facet methodology?

Facet methodology is a creative approach to researching that aims to create insights into our social world. It is an approach developed by a team of …

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Reproducibility: or why science is not alchemy

Contrary to popular understandings, alchemy was not just wacky medieval wizards trying to turn lead into gold or to create a panacea that would allow them …

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When and how to deliberate online

At the National Centre for Social Research (NatCen), our Centre for Deliberative Research approaches deliberation as a spectrum of involvement. Each project is different, but …

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To share or not to share: code sharing in social science

In this blog we highlight the benefits and challenges of creating and sharing reusable code.  It is based on a session held at the …

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How we created new research ethics resources that are freely available online

At the end of October 2021, I finished working on a European Commission (EC) research ethics project. The project was called PRO-RES, short for "Promoting integrity …

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Why ethnography?

Ethnography, or participant observation, is a field-based practice based on sharing in our interlocutors’ everyday life with the aim of understanding the world from their perspective. …

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Questionnaire design: avoiding the pitfalls in web survey software

The research community is currently fortunate to have a large number of high-quality web survey software packages. For example, Capterra (sourced 19 December 2021), shows …