SMART Data Sprint 2022 | Discussing Methods Making

The principles, parameters, and forms of scientific methods for social and media research are changing. The adopted techniques are less systematic and more multi-situated in the environments we study with the necessary method combinations and computational mediums used to approach the subject of analysis. Scholars have been creating methodological frameworks in the making, treating the web and social media environments not only as a source of information but as a dynamic space for digital fieldwork.

SMART will once again invite keynote speakers, participants and collaborators to work together. The event will happen from January 31 to February 4, 2022. Applications open on 15 November 2021.

In an intense work for five days, participants will have the chance to attend lectures and presentations in addition to deepening knowledge in practical sessions, in English. In addition to these activities, experts and researchers invite participants to integrate projects and work on a specific problem.

As part of the Digital Media Winter Institute 2022, SMART Data Sprint is planned to happen in a hybrid format (online and/or in-person), respecting all security measures due to COVID-19. Applications close on January 20, 2022. More information and details are available at SMART Data Sprint research blog.

Deen Freelon

Associate professor at the UNC Hussman School of Journalism and Media at the University of North Carolina and a principal researcher at the Center for Information, Technology, and Public Life (CITAP). His theoretical interests address how ordinary citizens use social media and other digital communication technologies for political purposes, paying particular attention to how identity characteristics (e.g. race, gender, ideology) influence these uses.

Participants can choose from different projects to work with. More information on projects will be available soon. An International team of senior researchers, doctoral students, and designers will also be leading Short Talks and Practical Labs. In 2022, SMART Data Sprint will offer an innovative format for practical labs, including an exclusive track made for researchers non-familiar with digital methods.

We understand that the academic journey can be tough in financial terms. The SMART Data Sprint offers five scholarships to cover part of the tuition fee expenses. Note that due to COVID-19 situation, face-to-face scholarships will be changed to online scholarships. The scholarships are exclusively awarded to doctoral or master students on the grounds of academic merit and digital methods literacy or skill expertise (e.g. methodologists, new media students, developers, or data designers).