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New forms of data

Social scientists are increasingly drawing on new forms of data beyond the traditional genres of surveys and interviews. These data include administrative records, commercial transactions, social media and internet data, geo-spatial data, and image and audio data. These types of new data present challenges for technical infrastructure, legal governance, and ethically responsible research and digital preservation.

Researchers at GESIS are investigating several vital topics in this domain:

  1. linking digital behavioral data (e.g., social media) with survey data
  2. digital preservation of social media data to enable access while protecting privacy
  3. georeferencing surveys to link them to small-scale neighborhood information found in geo-spatial data
  • Thamm, Mark, Timo Wandhöfer, and Peter Mutschke. 2012. "ScholarLib: Ein Framework zur Koppelung von Sozialen Netzwerken mit wissenschaftlichen Fachportalen." In Social Media and Web Science: das Web als Lebensraum; Proceedings; 2. DGI-Konferenz ; 64. Jahrestagung der DGI; Düsseldorf 22.-23. März 2012, edited by Marlies Ockenfeld, Isabella Peters, and Katrin Weller, 205-212.
  • Bleier, Arnim, Benjamin Zapilko, Mark Thamm, and Peter Mutschke. 2011. "Using SKOS to integrate social networking sites with scholarly information portals." In SDoW2011 - Social Data on the Web: workshop at the 10th International Semantic Web Conference, Bonn, October 23, 2011, edited by Alexandre Passant, Sergio Fernández, John Bresli, and Uldis Bojār, http://sdow.semanticweb.org/2011/pub/sdow2011_paper_4.pdf.
  • Schaer, Philipp, Thomas Lüke, and Wilko van Hoek. 2012. "Building custom term suggestion web services with OAI-harvested open data." In Social Media and Web Science: das Web als Lebensraum; Proceedings; 2. DGI-Konferenz ; 64. Jahrestagung der DGI; Düsseldorf 22.-23. März 2012, edited by Marlies Ockenfeld, Isabella Peters, and Katrin Weller, 389-396. http://arxiv.org/pdf/1203.5689v1.