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NatCen publishes innovative book of blogs on social media research

29 October 2014 | Tags: social media

Today NatCen Social Research and SAGE are publishing Social Media in Social Research: Blogs on Blurring the Boundaries, a collection of blogs drawing together the experiences and expertise of over 50 contributors and members of the New Social Media, New Social Science? online community.

The e-book will cover the researcher’s journey from scoping phases to dissemination, demonstrating how new forms of data produced by social media can be integrated into a researcher’s toolkit. Key titles include Dislike This: Facebook’s experimental ethics, 10 things survey researchers should know about Twitter and Blogging research projects, a good idea in principle…

The blog authors range from experts in social media research to newcomers to the field. Expert blog authors include Joe Murphy, RTI International Survey Methodologist; Deborah Lupton, Australian sociologist and professor; and Carl Miller, co-founder and Research Director of the Centre for the Analysis of Social Media (CASM) at Demos.

With over 600 registered members, and more than 2,500 twitter followers from around the world, the New Social Media, New Social Science? network brings together researchers, academics and research stakeholders to explore questions posed by the increasing use of social media platforms and data in social science research.

Kandy Woodfield, Director of Learning & Enterprise at NatCen Social Research commented:

“This has been a hugely exciting project to work on. As well as being the culmination of several years of knowledge sharing across our network, it shows the strength of the information available to us online; many of these pieces began life on individual’s own blogs where researchers are chronicling their novel uses of social media for research.

Social media data certainly presents a challenging terrain for researchers, but this collection suggests that good, robust research using social media data remains grounded in the same principles it has always been.”

For more information please contact naomi.joyner@natcen.ac.uk or on 020 7549 9550/07734 960 069

Notes

Social Media in Social Research: Blogs on Blurring the Boundaries is available from 29th October on Amazon as an E-Book.

New Social Media, New Social Science? A network of methodological innovation that brings together academics, researchers and research stakeholders to address the practical, ethical and methodological questions posed by the increasing use of social media and social media data in social science research. http://nsmnss.blogspot.co.uk/

NatCen Social Research is an independent, not for profit organization that focusses its time and energy on meeting its clients' needs and delivering social research that works for society. 

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