Thursday, 20 October 2011

Celebrating social science research

The Festival of Social Science 2011 takes place in London during the week 20th October to 5th November.
Coordinated by the Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC) the events provide insights into the impact that social science research has on economic, social and political policies.
As part of the event, Sage and the British Academy (in association with Times Higher Education) will be hosting a debate on 31st October at the British Academy. How Can Social Scientists ad Government Work Together to Strengthen Public Trust in Scientific Evidence will be chaired by Evan Davis and speakers from academia, government and policy will be represented.
Other events at the Festival are listed here.

Tuesday, 18 October 2011

Sifting email archives

The latest issue of The New Scientist reports the release of Memories Using Email (MUSE). Developed by Sudheendra Hangal and colleagues at Stanford University, the tool allows email archives to be sorted and grouped to help users ‘reminisce on [their] digital past’.
Data will be stored on your own computer, so there are no confidentiality concerns. The software identifies emotions, creates timelines and groups contacts together based on shared messages.
The developers acknowledge that more personal communication is now taking place outside of email and through social networks, but that MUSE could possibly be adapted to work with Facebook.

Friday, 14 October 2011

Sage Research Methods Online - free trial

SAGE Research Methods Online (SRMO) focuses on research methodologies, helping students, faculty and researchers with research projects. SRMO links over 100,000 pages of SAGE book, journal and reference content with advanced search and discovery tools.
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