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I am running the Big Data Analysis for Social Scientists 5-day course as part of the ACSPRI Summer Program 2017 (, 6-10 February 2017 at the University of Melbourne.

This course introduces provides an introduction to the collection and analysis of socially-generated 'big data' using the R statistical software, Gephi network visualisation software and the VOSON hyperlink network analysis tool. The main focus is on programmatic approaches for collecting and analysing big data from social media and the WWW. The course also provides an opportunity for you to learn how these data and techniques are being used in social science research.  The course involves the use of the SocialMediaLab R package for collecting data from Facebook, Twitter and Youtube via free APIs, and constructing datasets ready for network and text analysis.

The early-bird discount closes this coming Wednesday 30th November!

It is preferable that students already have some familiarity with social network analysis and/or R via, for example, one of the other ACSPRI courses.  However, students without this background have successfully completed the course.  Please contact me if would like more information or if you are unsure whether your background is appropriate.

You can find details on previously run workshops here:

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Dr Robert Ackland
Associate Professor, School of Sociology and ANU Centre for Social Research and Methods
Leader, Virtual Observatory for the Study of Online Networks (VOSON) Lab
Australian National University

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