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Title The Future of Social Research on the Internet
Abstract We believe that the Social Sciences will undertake a gradual shift to research practices that involve the transparent access to large scale information, data and software and will use high performance computational and collaboration resources to tackle more complex and challenging problems than at present. The rate of social science engagement with this paradigm will vary depending on the specific research challenges/ interests and technical ability of the various groups involved. Some will naturally wait, while the large scale software houses like Microsoft [ref], IBM [ref]and SAS [ref] evolve the tools and technologies they use. Others, who have already reached the limit of what they can do with the current technology, will be pressing for innovation, and some will be doing it for themselves. The numbers of social scientists in this second group are however very small, say 1-2% of the social science research community. We estimate there is a further 70% who may use some of this technology in the medium to longer term. In this chapter we illustrate the motivation and some solutions being adopted by the innovators involved in quantitative social science studies of individual behaviour.
Organisation CCLRC , ESC , ESC-GTG
Keywords Archaeology , statistical analysis , social science , the Grid , internet , quantitative methods
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Language English (EN)
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Book Chapter or Section The Future of Social Research on the Internet. NF_draft3.doc 2006