4. Examples of big data in social research

Despite the challenges, there are many interesting examples where social research communities in the UK are engaging with big data. The social research institute NatCen leads a network for people using or seeking to use social media in social science research. Researchers contribute to a blog about methods and practice, with some very practical insights. Such…

2. What is Big Data?

There is no single definition of big data, which has only become a commonly used term since about 2011. More formal definitions tend to include a combination of ‘V’s plus a need for specialist software to process these very large and complex datasets (rather than, for example, Microsoft Access or Excel). volume (entries that take…