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I will be conducting a 5-day training course in online research
methods, with particular focus on analysing social media network data.
The course is part of the ACSPRI 2010 Spring Program
(http://www.acspri.org.au) and runs 27 Sep to 1 Oct, hosted by Monash
University, Clayton Campus (Melbourne).
Here is the blurb for the course:
The World Wide Web is only around 20 years old, but it has become
central to our economic, political and social lives. This course will
provide students with thorough training in online research methods for
social science Internet research. While "obtrusive" social research
methods (e.g. online surveys and focus groups) will be covered, there
is greater emphasis on unobstrusive research methods, e.g.
quantitative analysis of digital trace data from websites, blogsites,
microblogs (Twitter) and social networking sites such as Facebook.
The course has a mixture of lectures and practical sessions. Practical
sessions will be focused on unobtrusive online research and will
involve the use of the VOSON System (collection/analysis of hyperlink
networks), VOSON-sns (collection/analysis of social network service
data) and NodeXL (Microsoft Excel 2007 template for social network
By taking this course, students will acquire important skills
necessary for conducting empirical social science Internet research
both in academic and industry settings.
Dr Robert Ackland
Fellow and Masters Coordinator, Australian Demographic and Social
Research Institute, The Australian National University
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