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What does Big Data mean to public affairs research? Understanding the methodological and analytical challenges

Mergel, Ines, Rethemeyer, Karl and Isett, Kimberley R (2016) What does Big Data mean to public affairs research? Understanding the methodological and analytical challenges. Impact of Social Sciences Blog (08 Dec 2016). Blog Entry.

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Abstract

The term ‘Big Data’ is often misunderstood or poorly defined, especially in the public sector. Ines Mergel, R. Karl Rethemeyer, and Kimberley R. Isett provide a definition that adequately encompasses the scale, collection processes, and sources of Big Data. However, while recognising its immense potential it is also important to consider the limitations when using Big Data as a policymaking tool. Using this data for purposes not previously envisioned can be problematic, researchers may encounter ethical issues, and certain demographics are often not captured or represented.

Item Type: Online resource (Blog Entry)
Official URL: http://blogs.lse.ac.uk/impactofsocialsciences
Additional Information: © 2016 The Author(s) CC BY 3.0; Online
Divisions: LSE
Subjects: H Social Sciences > H Social Sciences (General)
Sets: Collections > Impact of Social Sciences Blog at LSE
Date Deposited: 22 Mar 2017 12:20
Last Modified: 09 May 2019 23:18
URI: http://eprints.lse.ac.uk/id/eprint/70199

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