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A Cure for Cancer, More Likely with Data Sharing

When former President Barack Obama announced the launch of the Cancer Moonshot Initiative in January 2016, it set into motion a pretty lofty goal: to accomplish 10 years of cancer research in only five years while attempting to bring about the end of cancer as we know it. This is an incredible undertaking and one […]

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Tags: Cancer Research, Data Sharing

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Emma Uprichard: Big Data and ‘Methodological Genocide’

As the final entry in the LSE Impact of Social Science blog’s Philosophy of Data Science series, Emma Uprichard tells interviewer Mark Carrigan that big data has serious repercussions to the kinds of social futures we are shaping — and those that are supporting big data developments need to be held accountable. Uprichard, associate professor and […]

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Tags: Emma Uprichard, LSE Impact, Q-Step

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Can Big Data Analysis of Police Activity Overcome Bias?

In early 2017, Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel announced a new initiative in the city’s ongoing battle with violent crime. The most common solutions to this sort of problem involve hiring more police officers or working more closely with community members. But Emanuel declared that the Chicago Police Department would expand its use of software, enabling […]

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Tags: Criminology, Data Analysis, The Conversation

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Encouraging Authors to Share Their Data with Reviewers for ‘Psychological Science’

The journal Psychological Science is taking steps to encourage would-be authors to give reviewers easy access to the data underlying the analyses reported in their manuscripts. This is part of a wider effort to promote transparency and replicability in works published in the journal. I discussed the rationale for encouraging authors to share data and […]

Categories: Big Data, Editorial, Quantitative

Tags: Center for Open Science, Data Sharing, Psychological Science, Transparency, Transparency and Openness Promotion

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There’s a Guerrilla Movement to Protect Data

This probably isn’t how you envisioned a guerrilla movement … A snapshot from the data rescue workshop, “Protecting Climate Data in Times of Political Turmoil,” held at UCLA on Jan. 20. (Photo: Jennifer Pierre) On the United States’ Inauguration Day, a group of students, researchers and librarians gathered in a nondescript building on the north […]

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Tags: Data Rescue

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Crowdsourcing Raises Host of Methodological and Ethical Questions

Crowdsourcing offers researchers ready access to large numbers of participants, while enabling the processing of huge, unique datasets. However, the power of crowdsourcing raises several issues, including whether or not what initially emerged as a business practice can be transformed into a sound research method. Isabell Stamm and Lina Eklund argue that the complexities of managing large numbers of people mean crowdsourcing reduces participants to one faceless crowd. Applied to research, this is inherently problematic as it contradicts the basic idea that we control who participates in our studies. This not only challenges scientific rules of representativeness but also leaves methodological designs vulnerable to researchers’ implicit assumptions about the crowd.

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Tags: Crowdsourcing, LSE Impact

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Should You Donate Your Data When You Die?

[Ed. – While this article deals specifically with medical data, that’s not the only type of data that can outlive us. Should other data we accumulate as individuals also be donated to research?] *** Most people are aware they can donate their organs when they die. Doing so is very important: Each deceased donor can […]

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Tags: Confidentiality, Preserving Data

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Machines Can Save Us from the Mistakes of the Crowd

The classic example of ‘crowd wisdom’ dates back to 1906 when Sir Francis Galton observed a contest in which attendees were asked to guess the weight of an ox at a country fair in England. In what many consider to be the first experiment on crowd wisdom, the average of the 800 guesses was within […]

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Tags: Bias, Natural Language Processing, Wisdom of Crowds

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Future Perfect: Seven Data Types We’d Like to See

While there is more data available at our fingertips today than ever before, the future promises to bring even more information into our reach. But what kind of data will it be? And what new doors will it open? As part of our Love Your Data Week 2017 celebration, SAGE Publishing asked a few of our journal editors and textbook authors about what data […]

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Tags: Predictions

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When We Talk of Data We’re Really Talking about People, Which Means …

Imagine, if you can, a period long before today’s internet-based connectivity. Imagine that, in that distant time, the populations of every country were offered a new plan. The plan would involve linking up every space of social interaction, most sites of work, a large proportion of private moments of reflection, and a significant proportion of […]

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Tags: Ethics, Privacy, Surveillance Capitalism

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