We are fortunate to be hosting Professor Susan Halford, Director of the Web Science Institute (WSI) from the University of Southampton, to give a leading edge talk on the future of big data research from a social science perspective.
Date: Friday, 7 April 2017
Where: SMART Infrastructure Facility Advisory Council Room, 6.101, University of Wollongong
RSVP: 3 April, 2017
Register here: https://katinamichael.wufoo.com/forms/register-for-susan-halfords-seminar-7-april-2017/
More details below:
Symphonic social science and the future for big data research
Over recent years there has been a persistent tension between proponents of big data analytics on the one hand - using new forms of digital data to make computational and statistical claims about ‘the social’ - and, on the other hand, many social scientists who are skeptical about the value of big data, its associated methods and claims to knowledge. This talk seeks to move beyond this, taking inspiration from a mode of argumentation developed by some of the most successful social science books of all time: Bowling Alone (Putnam 2000). The Spirit Level (Wilkinson and Pickett 2009) and Capital (Piketty 2014). Taken together these works can be distinguishedas a new approach, that can be labelled as‘symphonic social science’. This bears both striking similarities and significant differences to the big data paradigm and – as such – offers the potential to do big data analytics differently. The talk will suggest that this offers value to those already working with big data – for whom the difficulties of making useful and sustainable claims about the social are increasingly apparent – and tosocial scientists, offering a mode of practice that might shape big data analytics for the future.
Susan Halford, Professor of Sociology
Professor Susan Halford is Director, Web Science Institute within Social Sciences at the University of Southampton. Her research interests range from the sociology of work and organization - with projects on the third sector, the ageing workforce and employee driven innovation - to the sociology of technology and specifically the World Wide Web. She has a particular interest in the politics of data and digital artefacts, information infrastructures and digital research methods.
Professor Halford has a background in Geography (she studied at the University of Sussex 1981-4) and Urban Studies (also at Sussex 1985-1990) and moved into Sociology when she joined the University of Southampton in 1992. Since this time she has developed a range of research around the themes of gender, work, and identity and - connected to this - exploring digital innovation in the workplace, and beyond particularly through Web Science in collaboration with colleagues in Health Sciences and Computer Sciences.
More here: http://www.southampton.ac.uk/socsci/about/staff/sjh3.page
By Invitation Only - Cross Collaboration SOTON-UOW
Professor Susan Halford and Professor Katina Michael will be going off-site for a collaborative meeting with key PhD students who will be presenting on their research. Schedule is as follows:
Lunch at 1.30 pm, Gerroa Fisherman's Club
Presentations at 4pm: format (10 min presentation, followed by 10 min discussion for each participant)
4 PhD students from the University of Southampton, UK
- Participant 1: J. Webster, Web Science Centre for Doctoral Training