Monday, 12 July 2021
Wednesday, 7 July 2021
BD&S is now leading the Social Sciences Interdisciplinary domain of the Social Sciences Citation Index
We are pleased to announce that the journal Big Data & Society has received an Impact Factor of 5.987 according to the Journal Citation Reports by Web of Science Group, 2021. The 5-Year Impact Factor of the journal is 8.118. The journal is now ranked as the highest journal out of 110 in the Social Sciences Interdisciplinary domain of the multidisciplinary Social Sciences Citation Index (SSCI). More information on SSCI can be found here: https://clarivate.com/webofsciencegroup/solutions/webofscience-ssci/.We are proud of this accomplishment and thank our authors, reviewers and editors for all their hard work. The journal could not have achieved this without you and without our readers. We look forward to continuing to offer feedback and space for thoughtful and innovative research on big data practices.
BD&S is a SAGE open access, double blind peer-reviewed scholarly journal. It publishes interdisciplinary research principally in the social sciences, humanities and computing and their intersections with the arts and natural sciences about the implications of Big Data for societies. After launching in 2014, it has published 400 original research articles, commentaries, demonstrations, and editorials in a series of special theme collections. Visit the journal web site at https://journals.sagepub.com/home/bds.
Monday, 5 July 2021
Prof. Hannah Yee-Fen Lim
Division of Business Law, Nanyang Business School, Nanyang Technological University, Singapore
Prof. Lim is an internationally recognised legal expert on all areas of technology law, including data privacy, Artificial Intelligence, Blockchain, Fintech, health technology, ethics and intellectual property. She has been appointed as a legal expert and has been advising international bodies such as the World Health Organization and the United Nations (UNCITRAL). She is currently one of 15 international legal experts appointed by UNIDROIT to research on and draft new International Model Laws to govern Cryptocurrencies, non-fungible tokens (NFTs) and other digital assets. She is the author of hundreds of papers and 6 scholarly books on law and technology published by internationally established publishers such as Oxford University Press. She graduated with double degrees in Computer Science and in Law from the University of Sydney, Australia where she went on to complete a Master of Laws by Research with Honours under a Telstra Scholarship. Hannah’s research has been cited with approval by senior judiciary, most notably by the High Court of Australia.
Wednesday, 16 June 2021
Monday, 14 June 2021
· Anatoliy Gruzd, Ted Rogers School of Information Technology Management, Ryerson University, Toronto, Canada
· Manlio De Domenico, Center for Information Technology of Fondazione Bruno Kessler, Italy
· Pier Luigi Sacco, Department of Humanities, IULM University, Milan, Italy; metaLAB (at) Harvard, USA
· Sylvie Briand, World Health Organization, Switzerland
As manufacturing and distribution of the vaccines are ramping up, false and misleading information about vaccines efficacy, safety and side-effects have also increased on social media. This is reflected in the increasing number of vaccine-related claims being debunked by international fact-checking organizations. But, false and misleading COVID-19 claims, as tracked by the COVID19Misinfo portal from Ryerson University Social Media Lab, are not limited to vaccine-related content. In fact, since the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic in early 2020, social media has been a key vector in the spread of various types of misinformation about the virus including how it is transmitted and how to treat it. The prevalence of COVID-19 related misinformation on social media contributes to the phenomenon called “infodemic,” when people are exposed to large quantities of both accurate and misleading information related to a health topic. An infodemic makes it challenging for people to know what or whom to trust, especially when faced with conflicting claims or information.
To address the challenges of detecting and combating the spread of COVID-19 misinformation on social media and to contribute to the rapidly growing area of infodemiology, we are pleased to present the special theme on “Studying the COVID-19 Infodemic at Scale”. This special theme in Big Data & Society provides a space for original research articles and commentaries at the intersection of infodemiology, Big Data, and COVID-related dis/misinformation studies that explore questions such as: What are key terminologies and different computational approaches currently used to study and combat the spread of misinformation on social media? How can we use social media data to estimate the effects of the infodemic on individuals and society in general? And more specifically, how can we assess and mitigate the infodemic risks and consequences using Big Data?
The special theme issue builds on a successful series of public events and consultations organized by the World Health Organization (WHO) Information Network for Epidemics (EPI-WIN) Infodemic Management team in 2020. We are also building on the Big Data & Society symposium called “Viral Data” edited by Leszczynski and Zook (2020) which examined Big Data practices and specifically the notion of data virality as related to the pandemic at the midpoint of 2020.
All together the special theme features the following six research articles and four commentaries by 57 authors from 23 institutions in six countries:
- Studying the COVID-19 infodemic at scale - Anatoliy Gruzd, Manlio De Domenico, Pier Luigi Sacco, and Sylvie Briand
- Countering misinformation: A multidisciplinary approach - Kacper T Gradoń, Janusz A. Hołyst, Wesley R Moy, Julian Sienkiewicz and Krzysztof Suchecki
- The COVID-19 Infodemic: Twitter versus Facebook - Kai-Cheng Yang, Francesco Pierri, Pik-Mai Hui, David Axelrod, Christopher Torres-Lugo, John Bryden and Filippo Menczer
- Identifying how COVID-19 related misinformation reacts to the announcement of the UK national lockdown: An interrupted time-series study - Mark Green, Elena Musi, Francisco Rowe, Darren Charles, Frances Darlington Pollock, Chris Kypridemos, Andrew Morse, Patricia Rossini, John Tulloch, Andrew Davies, Emily Dearden, Henrdramoorthy Maheswaran, Alex Singleton, Roberto Vivancos and Sally Sheard
- Identifying and characterizing scientific authority-related misinformation discourse about hydroxychloroquine on twitter using unsupervised machine learning - Michael Robert Haupt, Jiawei Li and Tim K Mackey
- Toxicity and verbal aggression on social media: Polarized discourse on wearing face masks during the COVID-19 pandemic - Paola Pascual-Ferrá, Neil Alperstein, Daniel J Barnett, and Rajiv N Rimal
- Towards psychological herd immunity: Cross-cultural evidence for two prebunking interventions against COVID-19 misinformation - Melisa Basol, Jon Roozenbeek, Manon Berriche, Fatih Uenal, William P. McClanahan and Sander van der Linden
- Knowing when to act: A call for an open misinformation library to guide actionable surveillance - Adam G Dunn, Maryke Steffens, Amalie Dyda and Kenneth D Mandl
- Knowledge co-creation in participatory policy and practice: Building community through data-driven direct democracy - Myron A Godinho, Ann Borda, Timothy Kariotis, Andreea Molnar, Patty Kostkova and Siaw-Teng Liaw
- Communicating public health during COVID-19, implications for vaccine rollout - Peter S Bloomfield, Josefine Magnusson, Maeve Walsh, and Annemarie Naylor
- The case for tracking misinformation the way we track disease - Erika Bonnevie, Jennifer Sittig and Joe Smyser
Monday, 7 June 2021
Machine Learning in Tutorials - Universal Applicability, Underinformed Application, and Other Misconceptions
Hendrik Heuer introduces a new paper on, "Machine learning in tutorials – Universal applicability, underinformed application, and other misconceptions", out in Big Data & Society doi:10.1177/20539517211017593. First published May 21, 2021.
Machine learning has become a key component of contemporary information systems. Unlike prior information systems explicitly programmed in formal languages, ML systems infer rules from data. This paper shows what this difference means for the critical analysis of socio-technical systems based on machine learning. To provide a foundation for future critical analysis of machine learning-based systems, we engage with how the term is framed and constructed in self-education resources. For this, we analyze machine learning tutorials, an important information source for self-learners and a key tool for the formation of the practices of the machine learning community. Our analysis identifies canonical examples of machine learning as well as important misconceptions and problematic framings. Our results show that machine learning is presented as being universally applicable and that the application of machine learning without special expertise is actively encouraged. Explanations of machine learning algorithms are missing or strongly limited. Meanwhile, the importance of data is vastly understated. This has implications for the manifestation of (new) social inequalities through machine learning-based systems.
Wednesday, 2 June 2021
Call for Special Theme Proposals for Big Data & Society
The SAGE open access journal Big Data & Society (BD&S) is soliciting proposals for a Special Theme to be published in 2022/23. BD&S is indexed by Clarivate Analytics with a 2019 journal impact factor of 4.577. BD&S is a peer-reviewed, interdisciplinary, scholarly journal that publishes research about the emerging field of Big Data practices and how they are reconfiguring academic, social, industry, business and government relations, expertise, methods, concepts and knowledge. BD&S moves beyond usual notions of Big Data and treats it as an emerging field of practices that is not defined by but generative of (sometimes) novel data qualities such as high volume and granularity and complex analytics such as data linking and mining. It thus attends to digital content generated through online and offline practices in social, commercial, scientific, and government domains. This includes, for instance, content generated on the Internet through social media and search engines but also that which is generated in closed networks (commercial or government transactions) and open networks such as digital archives, open government and crowd-sourced data. Critically, rather than settling on a definition the Journal makes this an object of interdisciplinary inquiries and debates explored through studies of a variety of topics and themes.
Special Themes can consist of a combination of Original Research Articles (10,000 words; maximum 6), Commentaries (3,000 words; maximum 4) and one Editorial (3,000 words). All Special Theme content will be waived Article Processing Charges. All submissions will go through the Journal’s standard peer review process.
Past special themes for the journal have included: Knowledge Production; Algorithms in Culture; Data Associations in Global Law and Policy; The Cloud, the Crowd, and the City; Veillance and Transparency; Environmental Data; Spatial Big Data; Critical Data Studies; Social Media & Society; Assumptions of Sociality; Health Data Ecosystems; Data & Agency; Big Data and Surveillance; The Turn to AI in Governing Communication Online; The Personalization of Insurance; Heritage in a World of Big Data; and Studying the COVID-19 Infodemic at Scale. See http://journals.sagepub.com/page/bds/collections/index to access these special themes.
While open to submissions on any theme related to Big Data we particularly welcome proposals related to racialisation, indigenous data, health and education.
Format of Special Theme Proposals
Researchers interested in proposing a Special Theme should submit an outline with the following information.
An overview of the proposed theme, how it relates to existing research and the aims and scope of the Journal, and the ways it seeks to expand critical scholarly research on Big Data.
A list of titles, abstracts, authors and brief biographies. For each, the type of submission (ORA, Commentary) should also be indicated. If the proposal is the result of a workshop or conference that should also be indicated.
Short Bios of the Guest Editors including affiliations and previous work in the field of Big Data studies. Links to homepages, Google Scholar profiles or CVs are welcome, although we don’t require CV submissions.
A proposed timing for submission to Manuscript Central. This should be in line with the timeline outlined below.
Information on the types of submissions published by the Journal and other guidelines is available at https://us.sagepub.com/en-us/nam/journal/big-data-society#submission-guidelines .
Timeline for Proposals
Please submit proposals by Sept 1, 2021 to the Managing Editor of the Journal, Prof. Matthew Zook at email@example.com. The Editorial Team of BD&S will review proposals and make a decision by October 2021. Manuscripts would be submitted to the journal (via manuscript central) by or before January/February 2022. For further information or discuss potential themes please contact Matthew Zook at firstname.lastname@example.org.