Bowdoin: Data Driven Socities 2014 - What is Data 01/22/14

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Published on February 4, 2014

Author: jgieseking



Data Driven Societies
Digital & Computational Studies
Bowdoin College
January 22, 2014
Professors Gieseking & Gaze

Lecture Slides "Social Data Sciences; or, Is everything “data” and is “everything” data?"

Data Driven Societies: What is Data??? Professors Gaze & Gieseking

Data Today ✦ Digitization ✦ Cheap storage ✦ Easy retrieval ✦ Global reach ✦ everything data? ✦ And is data everything?

Example: The Cost of Data

The Cost of Data is Unequal

Debating Data ✦ “Data analytics can giev us stable financial systems, functional governments, efficient and affordable health care, and more.” - Alex Pentland ✦ “Data is an abstraction of real life, and real life can be complicated, but if you gather enough context, you can at least put forth a solidarity effort to make sense of it.” - Nathan Yau (not his best writing)

More about Wordpress ✦ Free & open source (versus proprietary) ✦ Build your own website/world ✦ Theme options ✦ Plugin functionality ✦ User collaboration ✦ Interactive and creative space

Course Website

Social Scientific Approach 0. Identify an issue 1. Research question 2. Theoretical approach 3. Literature review 4. Methods 5. Analysis 6. Discussion 7. Conclusion

Should our site be public? ✦ Pros: share with public, create portfolio of work, represent Bowdoin ✦ Cons: learning process ✦ We vote today!

Data scraping & Python ✦ Data scraping is the process of gathering data from another output via computer programming ✦ Programming languages require speaking to a computer in a way it understands ✦ Python is one of the most ubiquitous and useful programming languages today ✦ Free and open source software (F/OSS)

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