EVENT: Big data in the social sciences


Big Data in the Social Sciences Workshop

** Programme updated – see below **

Date: Monday 23rd June 2014

Time: 10:30 – 17:00

Venue: Yudowitz Seminar Room, Wolfson Medical Building

Glasgow University is emerging as a leader in the UK in applications of Big Data analytics to questions of interest to social scientists.

This one-day workshop will bring together prominent scholars from a number of institutions to discuss the theoretical and methodological challenges associated with the use of Big Data.

Registration is free, although there are a limited number of places available.
http://www.gla.ac.uk/schools/socialpolitical/events/bigdataworkshopjune2014/

Programme

 

10.30-10.45 Coffee & Registration

 

10.45-11.00 Introduction

  • Sarah Birch and Philip Habel, School of Social and Political Sciences, University of Glasgow

 

11.00-12.30 Session 1

  • Chair: Chris Carman, Head of the School of Social and Political Sciences, University of Glasgow
  • Jonathan Nagler, New York University, ‘Leaders or Followers? Measuring Political Responsiveness in the U.S. Congress Using Social Media Data’
  • Ken Benoit, London School of Economics and Political Science, ‘Crowd-sourced Coding of Political Texts’
  • Pablo Barbera, New York University, ‘Issue- and Event-Specific Dynamics of Ideological Polarization’
  • Discussant: Michael Lewis-Beck, University of Iowa

 

12.30-1.30 Lunch

 

1.30-3.00 Session 2

  • Chair: Paul Cockshott, School of Computing Science, University of Glasgow
  • Nick Bailey, Co-Director of the Urban Big Data Centre, University of Glasgow
  • Iadh Ounis, Craig MacDonald and Richard Mccreadie, School of Computing Science, University of Glasgow, ‘Scalable Distributed Event Detection for Twitter’
  • Iadh Ounis, Craig MacDonald and Richard MccreadieSchool of Computing Science, University of Glasgow, ‘SMARTReduce: Processing Big Data Streams in Smart City Environments’
  • Brandon Valeriano, School of Social and Political Sciences, University of Glasgow, ‘Working with Big Data in the Cyber Security Field: The Promise and Challenges’
  • Philip Habel, ‘Who Influences Whom?: Examining Opinion Leadership and the Dissemination of Information through Social Media’
  • Sarah Birch, ‘Explaining and Mitigating Electoral Violence’
  • Discussant: Travis Coan, University of Exeter

 

3.00-3.30 Tea

 

3.30-5.00 Session 3

  • Chair: Michele Burman, Deputy Head of the School of Social and Political Sciences, University of Glasgow
  • Wouter van Atteveldt, VU University Amsterdam, ‘Comparing LDA Topics to ‘Traditional’ Issues and Frames’
  • Heike Kluver, University of Bamberg, and Iñaki Sagarzazu, School of Social and Political Sciences, University of Glasgow, ‘Friends in Government and Foes in Elections: Political Communication Strategies of Coalition Parties’
  • Michael Comerford, Policy Scotland, ‘Analysing Twitter Data in the Context of the Scottish Independence Referendum’
  • Discussant: Slava Mikhaylov, University College London
For further information, contact Sarah Birch (sarah.birch@glasgow.ac.uk) or Philip Habel (philip.habel@glasgow.ac.uk)