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[ecrea] Call for Papers - Disertaciones
Fri Mar 16 07:56:10 GMT 2018
*Anuario electrónicode estudios en Comunicación Social "Disertaciones"*
/Articles for Volume 13, Issue 1 (Jan-Jun 2020), on the topic of
Technologies and Computational Methods for Research in Social Sciences
The emergence of the Internet and the growing use of online tools is
opening new challenges for social research. The interpretation of
communication in digital environments barely shows its first paths of
maturation. This new logic, distanced from the centralized production in
mass media, requires a conceptual and procedural rethinking in the
access and processing of social data, as a basic input of academic research.
Thanks to the increasing computational capacities, it is possible to
consider the analysis of large volumes of data derived from a complex
distributed production and registered from various communication devices
highly personalized. The ubiquity and cheapening of sensor networks, Big
Data and the new data analytics techniques allow us to implement new
approaches to generation, preservation and analysis that make it
possible to formulate and answer questions in new ways. New forms of
data management and techniques are emerging, based on automatic learning
and new modes of visualization.
What do these data tell us and why could they help us in the
interpretation of social reality? What can we really extract from these
enormous data sets (texts, images, audios and their combinations) and
what can be the forms of interpretation and analysis? What is the border
between quantity and quality of the data? What is the role of algorithms
to extract, shape and represent social reality from a digital
perspective? How to establish emergent relationships between content and
knowledge in large-scale virtual communities, with collective discourses
expressed in new contexts and with software and intelligent platforms?
The roads, still incipient, give social research a rich panorama to
learn in an environment in which language continues to operate as an
expression of what is social.
As part of the new challenges, social research is inserted in an
interdisciplinary search between different areas of knowledge, in order
to enrich methodologies, organizational protocols and analysis in the
collection, preservation and classification of data, perspective that we
seek to compile in this monographic edition of Disertaciones.
With this new issue of the journal we aim to approach the Social
Sciences from the perspective of computer systems as a transdisciplinary
area useful for interpreting social reality, supported by traditional
disciplines such as social psychology, anthropology, economics,
political science and sociology. Among the research experiences, we can
highlight network analysis, sentiment analysis and topic modeling.
We seek to summon the different empirical experiences that have covered
options to answer conceptual and methodological questions around the
collection, preservation, systematization and interpretation of social
data derived from digital platforms. Contributions can come from
different areas of knowledge, as long as they point to the enrichment of
social research, from the inclusion of processing techniques,
reflections and results in the interpretation of large volumes of social
and cultural data, distributed on digital platforms.
Among the lines of research, we can highlight:
- Those that gather theoretical perspectives, from classical or
emerging approaches, to interpret the logic of digital interaction and
its anchoring with social reality, pointing to epistemic (re)definitions
derived from social research.
- Those that raise operational and procedural methodologies for access,
preservation and visibility of data.
- Those that promote organizational methodologies from systematized
procedures with an interdisciplinary perspective.
Qualitative and quantitative studies are accepted, from the variety of
approaches associated with different areas of knowledge, linked with
communication and social research, among which can be highlighted:
psychology, political science, sociology, linguistics, education, and
arts. We also welcome perspectives from other areas of knowledge, such
as physics, mathematics and engineering, that can enrich this new path
in academic research.
- Deadline: 30/11/2018
- Guest Editors: Ysabel Briceño-Romero (Universidad Autónoma de
Bucaramanga, Colombia, (ybriceno /at/ unab.edu.co)) and Luis A.
Núñez (Universidad Industrial de Santander, Bucaramanga,
Colombia, (lnunez /at/ uis.edu.co)).
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