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Programme: LSE LIFE Programme
Course: Master's Dissertation: ethical issues in using social media data for your research

Are you thinking about using data from Twitter, Instagram, Facebook, or other social media platforms?  Yes!  These sites can be a place to collect new and interesting data.  However, the ethical principles and associated legal issues of conducting research when using social media data need careful consideration before planning a research project.
In this session we will reflect upon a range of issues and questions that arise when you use social media data for research.  Are you allowed to text and data mine from social media? How do you do this? How do you get ethical approval for scraping data from social media? Are there ways of getting informed consent? How can you re-use data from social media and what tools are available to help you?
Questions like these should be addressed in your project planning (and in the Methods section of your dissertation!).  In this workshop, led by Dr Sarah Quinton, Chair of Oxford Brookes University Research Ethics Committee, you’ll discover principles of good practice and useful resources to help you get started. 

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