This project will use the Collaborative Online Social Media Observatory (COSMOS) as a means to collect “big data” and explore its application in sociological research. Providing both advantages and pitfalls when compared to traditional research methods, the ubiquity of online social information provides a vast arena in which to conduct research, and its unique value and function as an augmentation to traditional research, a replacement or something different all together, will be a focus of this project.
Start date:October 2015
Research Topic:The Collaborative Online Social Media Observatory (COSMOS) and Crowd-Sourcing Social Sensing for Statistical Modelling
Research Supervisor:Dr. Matthew Williams and Dr. Pete Burnap
Supervising school:School of Social Sciences, Cardiff University
Primary funding source:ESRC Studentship