Faster than the speed of print : reconciling ‘big data’ social media analysis and academic scholarship

Bruns, Axel (2013) Faster than the speed of print : reconciling ‘big data’ social media analysis and academic scholarship. First Monday, 18(10), pp. 1-5.

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Abstract

The promise of ‘big data’ has generated a significant deal of interest in the development of new approaches to research in the humanities and social sciences, as well as a range of important critical interventions which warn of an unquestioned rush to ‘big data’. Drawing on the experiences made in developing innovative ‘big data’ approaches to social media research, this paper examines some of the repercussions for the scholarly research and publication practices of those researchers who do pursue the path of ‘big data’–centric investigation in their work. As researchers import the tools and methods of highly quantitative, statistical analysis from the ‘hard’ sciences into computational, digital humanities research, must they also subscribe to the language and assumptions underlying such ‘scientificity’? If so, how does this affect the choices made in gathering, processing, analysing, and disseminating the outcomes of digital humanities research? In particular, is there a need to rethink the forms and formats of publishing scholarly work in order to enable the rigorous scrutiny and replicability of research outcomes?

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ID Code: 63324
Item Type: Journal Article
Refereed: Yes
Additional Information: “Faster than the speed of print: Reconciling ‘big data’ social media analysis and academic scholarship” by Axel Bruns is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution–NonCommercial–ShareAlike 3.0 Australia License.
Keywords: social media, big data, scholarly publishing, research methods
DOI: 10.5210/fm.v18i10.4879
ISSN: 1396-0466
Subjects: Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > LANGUAGES COMMUNICATION AND CULTURE (200000) > COMMUNICATION AND MEDIA STUDIES (200100) > Communication Studies (200101)
Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > LANGUAGES COMMUNICATION AND CULTURE (200000) > COMMUNICATION AND MEDIA STUDIES (200100) > Communication Technology and Digital Media Studies (200102)
Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > LANGUAGES COMMUNICATION AND CULTURE (200000) > COMMUNICATION AND MEDIA STUDIES (200100) > Media Studies (200104)
Divisions: Current > Research Centres > ARC Centre of Excellence for Creative Industries and Innovation
Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Creative Industries Faculty
Past > Schools > School of Media, Entertainment & Creative Arts
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Copyright Owner: Axel Bruns 2013
Deposited On: 15 Oct 2013 00:19
Last Modified: 09 Apr 2014 12:20

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