Big Data and Social Science

June 12, 2018
Universidad San Francisco de Quito, Ecuador

Dr. Robert Shapiro, Interim President of the Academy of Political Science, speaks at the Universidad San Francisco de Quito, Ecuador.

The Academy of Political Science’s Interim President Robert Shapiro traveled to Quito, Ecuador to give a talk at the Universidad San Francisco de Quito regarding the role of big data in the social sciences. In attendance were professors and students of the university as well as members of the public. Professor Shapiro gave a comprehensive overview of advances and opportunities in big data. He emphasized in particular the need for universities to engage with big data and provide their students with the skills to avail of developments in this field.

Featured Topics

  • Current and projected growth of data in existence.
  • The parameters and types of big data.
  • Developments focusing on the wide range of data—both quantitative and qualitative—that are increasingly available through both government data initiatives and other sources.
  • The complexities that researchers and students will want and need to learn about and use to study important questions in social science and policy research, such as the role of theory in big data, data accessibility, and privacy.


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