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 crime, social, computer, statistical and mathematical scientists to study the empirical, methodological, theoretical and technical dimensions of New and Emerging Forms of Data in social, policy and business 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, public and private 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 five themes below.
7th January 2018 The journal Sociology publishes Lab’s work on ethics . Communications and connections harvested from social media networks are becoming part of the social scientist’s data diet. Since 2011 the Social Data Science Lab at Cardiff University has been collecting tweets posted around national and global events using the in-house developed COSMOS software. … Continue reading Social Data Science Lab Publish Ethics Guide for Using Social Media Data
7 November 2017 Lab Directors Professor Matt Williams and Dr. Pete Burnap recognised for excellence in Innovation and Enterprise. The Social Data Science Lab is a finalist in the 2017 Cardiff University Celebrating Excellence Awards. The awards recognise groups and individuals who go the extra mile, and acknowledge the contributions made by colleagues from across the … Continue reading Social Data Science Lab is a Shortlisted Finalist in the 2017 Cardiff University Celebrating Excellence Awards
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 £500,000 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 displays a live feed of … 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