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Data, Communication, and New Technologies (DCT) – Pathway Workshop 1

Date - Wednesday, 25th April 2018 (10:15 am - 1:00 pm)

Workshop: Social Media Research Ethics

Date & Time: Wednesday 25 April 2018, 11.30am – 1pm

Venue: Room RC204, Information School, Regent Court, University of Sheffield

Social media research raises a series of complex ethical challenges. In this discussion session we will explore some of the ethical issues that may arise when using different types of methods to capture and analyse social media data for research purposes. The session will make use of practical examples/cases.

The session will be preceded by a pathway meeting where members of the DCT pathway will outline and receive feedback on the ethical challenges they face. Timings are as follows:

10.15- 11.15 – Pathway Cohort Meeting  on DCT Ethical Challenges (Ana Vasconcelos)
11.15-11.30 – Break
11.30-13.00 – Social Media Research Ethics Workshop  (Jo Bates)

Keynote Speaker

Jo-Bates-2014Dr Jo Bates is Senior Lecturer in Information Politics and Policy, at the Information School, University of Sheffield.

Her research examines the socio-material factors that influence the production and use of data, and that enable and restrict the movement of data between different people and organisations. This includes examining how government policies and legislation shape how data move between different sites of practice. For her PhD, she conducted an analysis of the politics of open government data policy in the UK, examining the different social forces and interests across civil society, state and industry working to shape the UK’s Open Government Data initiative, and to what ends, during the first two years of the Coalition government (2010-12). More recently, she has led an AHRC project (The Secret Life of a Weather Datum) which examined the socio-cultural values, practices and public policies shaping the journey and form of meteorological data from its initial production through to being re-used in different contexts, including climate science and financial markets. Dr Bates is Ethics Coordinator at the Information School, University of Sheffield and has developed University guidance on social media research ethics.

Travel Information
Students are responsible for arranging travel to and from these Pathway Specific Training sessions.  The WRDTP cannot reimburse travel costs to these sessions.

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Enquiry contact details

For all enquiries please contact Pathway Director Dr Ana Vasconcelos at a.c.vasconcelos@sheffield.ac.uk