"Scraping the Social? Issues in real-time social research" (2012) #bigdata

by Noortje Marres, Goldsmiths, University of London and Esther Weltevrede, University of Amsterdam (2012)

from the abstract

“What makes scraping methodologically interesting for social and cultural research?  This paper seeks to contribute to debates about digital social research by exploring  how a ‘medium-specific’ technique for online data capture may be rendered  analytically productive for social research. As a device that is currently being imported into social research, scraping has the capacity to re-structure social  research, and this in at least two ways. Firstly, as a technique that is not native to social research, scraping risks to introduce ‘alien’ methodological assumptions into  social research (such as an pre-occupation with freshness). Secondly, to scrape is to  risk importing into our inquiry categories that are prevalent in the social practices  enabled by the media: scraping makes available already formatted data for social  research. Scraped data, and online social data more generally, tend to come with ‘external’ analytics already built-in”



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Cosimo Accoto

Research Affiliate at MIT | Author "Il Mondo Ex Machina" (Egea) | Philosopher-in-Residence | Business Innovation Advisor | www.cosimoaccoto.com

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