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Innovations in Digital Research Methods

Innovations in Digital Research Methods

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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

Increasingly, students choose to undertake research using digital methods and this comprehensive text provides a solid underpinning to support such endeavours. The book comprises a collection of differently authored chapters that serve as a useful resource across range of relevant topics.

Dr Jane Jackson
Faculty of Education & Lang Studies, The Open University
January 4, 2016

A very useful textbook outlinng digital research methods.

Mr Michael Parsons
Faculty of Business and Society, University of South Wales
March 20, 2015

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