New Kinds of Social Data: from blogs to administrative data

20 March, 2007 10:00 AM - 04:00 PM

e-Science Institute, 15 South College Street, Edinburgh

Organiser: Dr David Zeitlyn and Prof Rob Procter
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There are many types of social data which in combination may provide exciting new possibilities for research. Blogs (including photo or video blogs) provide examples of individual choosing to disclose a wide variety of information about themselves. Other information about individuals is held in administrative data by government agencies and companies such as supermarkets and banks. There are huge ethical, legal and moral problems and dilemmas about the use of these resources for research yet not to explore them may be even more unethical. Blogging provides a provocative challenge since the act of publication implies some waiver of privacy. The workshop seeks to discuss a range of issues which are normally tackled separately.

Target Audience

This meeting is targeted at Researchers in academia and government, those concerned with long time archiving and access of social data.


This event is provisionally scheduled to start at 10:00 Tuesday 20 March 2007 and close at 16:00 on Tuesday 20 March 2007.

10.00 StartCoffee on arrival
10.00 - 10.45David Zeitlyn: Framing the workshop - some intersecting problems: are there eScience solutions?
10.45 - 11.30Peter Elias: Background the national data strategy
11.30 - 12.30Karen Mccullagh: Blogs archives and privacy
12.30 - 13.30lunch
13.30 - 14.15 Mark Elliot: privacy, statistics and data linkage
13.30 - 16.00roundtable discussion:
  • how do the themes separate and interrelate?
  • At what points will escience approaches be helpful?


Registration for this event is now closed. To enquire about an application or to cancel a previous application please contact NeSC Administration.

Important Dates

18 Dec - Registration Opens
13 Mar - Registration Deadline
13 Mar - Date we will respond to your application by (Please note this is the latest date we will respond to your application. It is normal policy for us to respond within 5 working days where possible.)
20 Mar - Event Starts at 10:00hrs


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This event is sponsored by eSI in association with the following organisations:
  National Centre for e-Social Science (            
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