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May 2015 | 336 pages | SAGE Publications Ltd

Vast amounts of digital data are now generated daily by people as they go about their lives, yet social researchers are struggling to exploit it. At the same time, the challenges faced by society in the 21st century are growing ever more complex, and demands research that is bigger in scale, more collaborative and multi-disciplinary than ever before.

 

This cutting-edge volume provides an accessible introduction to innovative digital social research tools and methods that harness this ‘data deluge’ and successfully tackle key research challenges. Contributions from leading international researchers cover topics such as:

  • Qualitative, quantitative and mixed methods research
  • Data management
  • Social media and social network analysis
  • Modeling and simulation
  • Survey methods
  • Visualizing social data
  • Ethics and e-research
  • The future of social research in the digital age

This vibrant introduction to innovative digital research methods is essential reading for anyone conducting social research today.

Peter Halfpenny and Rob Proctor
Chapter 1: Introduction and Overview
Kingsley Purdam and Mark Elliot
Chapter 2: The Changing Social Data Landscape
Kingsley Purdam and Mark Elliot
Chapter 3: Exploiting New Sources of Data
Joe Murphy
Chapter 4: Survey Methods: Challenges and Opportunities
Paul S. Lambert
Chapter 5: Advances in Data Management for Social Survey
Mark Birkin and Nick Malleson
Chapter 6: Modelling and Simulation
Paul S. Lambert, William J. Browne and Danius T. Michaelides
Chapter 7: Contemporary developments in statistical software for social scientists
Lawrence Ampofo, Simon Collister, Ben O’Loughlin and Andrew Chadwick
Chapter 8: Text Mining and Social Media: When Quantitative Meets Qualitative, and Software Meets People
Andy Crabtree, Paul Tennent, Pat Brundell and Dawn Knight
Chapter 9: Digital Records and the Digital Replay System
Robert Ackland and Jonathan Zhu
Chapter 10: Social Network Analysis
Michael Batty, Steven Gray, Andrew Hudson-Smith, Richard Milton, Oliver O’Brien and Flora Roumpani
Chapter 11: Visualising Spatial Data and Social Media
R.J. Anderson and Marina Jirotka
Chapter 12: Ethical Praxis in e-Research
Mike Savage
Chapter 13: Sociology and the Digital Challenge

From machine learning tweets to ethical considerations of Big Data, this timely book provides a highly interdisciplinary survey of innovative digital research methods. The book uniquely blurs qualitative and quantitative approaches to provide refreshingly forward-looking insights for those new to digital research, but also for those more experienced in the field.

Dhiraj Murthy
Goldsmiths, University of London

This very-up-to-date volume provides an accessible introduction to innovative digital social research tools and methods that harness this "data deluge" and successfully tackle key research challenges. It provides a highly interdisciplinary survey of innovative digital research methods and uniquely blurs qualitative and quantitative approaches to provide insights for those new to digital research, but also for those more experienced in the field. Contributions from leading international researchers cover topics such as qualitative, quantitative and mixed methods research, and data management.

Karl M van Meter
Bulletin de Methodologie Sociologique

Innovations in Digital Research Methods provides a??? timely, insightful survey of eResearch methods. It is an essential title that joins a select few in representing and substantiating digital methods knowledge in our field at this time.

Sarah Lewthwaite
International Journal of Research & Method in Education

This text provides a refreshing approach to research. A useful guide for researchers interested in digital methods.

Dr Nurdilek Dalziel
Business School, Staffordshire University
November 27, 2016

Due to the massive amount of data that everyday is being created, I found this book a good guide for my students in research methods course.

Dr Amin Mousavi
Educational Psychology , University Of Saskatchewan
September 24, 2016

This books brings clarity to what digital research methods are in relation to traditional ones. As we move towards using more digital data in our research this book provides some clarity as to how we might conduct reliable studies with new types of data.

Dr Dina Koutsikouri
Communications , Division of Informatics
September 19, 2016

This book was not adopted as the format of the course changed. It will of course be a valuable asset for part of the new study skills module.

Mr Richard Turner
Criminal Justice, Doncaster University Centre
May 9, 2016

A well-written text that gives a good overview from a theoretical and practical standpoint.

Dr Bex Lewis
MMU Business School, Manchester Metropolitan University
February 4, 2016

Current and highly recommended for all e-researchers.

Mr Shelton Giwa
Dpt of Strategic Management & Marketin, De Montfort University
November 26, 2015

This textbook is going to be adopted only as supplemental reading. The ideas discussed there are general and the text is lacking a more practical methodological discussion. The idea of eResearch is valid and is up-to-date. The motivation for doing digital research is presented well in this book. Just students in our university are looking for more practical guidance and examples from the methodological point of view.

Dr Vladimir Ryabov
School of Business and Culture, Kemi-Tornio University of Applied Scie
September 7, 2015

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