The Social Data Science Lab at Cardiff University is an Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC) Data Investment and forms part of the £64 million Big Data Network for the social sciences. An ESRC Capability Methods and Infrastructure Grant provides the Lab's core funding, and brings together social, computer, political, health, statistical and mathematical scientists to study the methodological, theoretical, empirical and technical dimensions of New and Emerging Forms of Data in social and policy contexts. This empirical social data science programme is complemented by a focus on ethics and the development of new methodological tools and technical/data solutions for the UK academic and public sectors.
The Lab was established in 2015 and continues the successful COSMOS programme of research that ran between 2011-2015. The Lab’s mission is to democratise access to big social data among the academic, private, public and third sectors, and to support real-time social data analytics for research, policy & practice. Lab Directors Professor Matthew Williams and Dr. Pete Burnap were appointed to the ESRC Phase 3 Big Data Network Working Group in 2014. The Lab forms part of Cardiff University's Data Innovation Research Institute and is located within the Social Science Research Park (SPARK) in the Innovation Campus. The Lab's research falls within the six themes below.
10 October 2017 ESRC funded Lab research forms key evidence in Panorama’s ‘Hate on the Streets’ BBC One’s Panorama programme ‘Hate on the Streets‘ takes a hard look at the rising tide of hate since the referendum on the UK’s future in the EU. Producers made contact with the Social Data Science Lab to get … Continue reading Professor Matt Williams Presents Exclusive Lab Brexit-related Hate Crime Findings on BBC One’s Panorama
6 February 2017 Matt Williams and Pete Burnap have been awarded a quarter of a million pounds to help the UK Government monitor Brexit-related hate crime on social media. The new Centre for Cyberhate Research and Policy, funded by the Economic and Social Research Council, will focus on the development of a monitoring tool that … Continue reading Social Data Science Lab awarded ESRC grant to set up new Centre to monitor Brexit-related hate crime on social media
17 November 2016 The Social Data Science Lab has been shortlisted to one of three nominees for the inaugural National Hate Crime Awards in the Upstanding Research & Innovation Award category. This Award if for a researcher or academic department at a University who has brought significant awareness, as well as new concepts and innovative ideas … Continue reading Social Data Science Lab nominated for a National Hate Crime Award
11 November 2016 The Social Data Science Lab has been made part of the £64M Big Data Network for the Social Sciences via a half million-pound grant The new grant from the Economic and Social Research Council will fund the core activities of the Lab over the next 3 years. The Lab brings together social … Continue reading Social Data Science Lab Awarded Core Funding from ESRC
10 October 2016 A team of experts from Cardiff University have joined forces with the Welsh Government to develop three new on-line guides to help stem the rising tide of hate online. Professor Matthew Williams from the University’s Social Data Science Lab and Dr Pete Burnup from the School of Computer Science and Informatics have worked with … Continue reading Tackling Hate Online: New Guides for the Public