Background and Aim
During the Roadmap Event participants of preceding training courses, leading scholars from communication and other social science fields as well as practitioners from relevant corporations will meet to discuss and craft a strategic roadmap for advancing computational methods in the field of communication. We envision a dialogue-intensive event with about 80 international participants.
Changes in communication are challenging empirical research
Due to the rapid diffusion and dynamic development of internet-based infrastructures, platforms, services, and applications much ‘classic’ (mass) communication is nowadays ‘delivered‘ via internet connections. Moreover, entirely new forms of interpersonal, intragroup, and public communication have emerged – social media represent the key example of this development. Thus, in the internet era, the mainstream manifestations of human exchange leave massive digital traces. The analysis of such ’big data‘ traces is rapidly turning from an interesting opportunity into a pressing necessity for communication, psychology, and other social sciences.
While many scholars in the social sciences acknowledge the chances and requirements of the digital revolution in communication, they are also facing fundamental challenges in implementing successful research programs, strategies, and designs that are based on computational methods and big data. Many of these challenges are impossible to resolve within individual research projects, by individual scholars, or by single academic institutions.
Working together to lay a foundation for computational communication science
The Roadmap Event aims to bring together young and advanced scholars from communication and related social sciences to discuss conceptual and strategic challenges. The mission is to prepare a strategic roadmap which provides recommendations for scholars on how to approach the transformation into the era of big data and which stimulates follow-up work. The roadmap thus should contribute to lay a foundation for the pathway into a new era of communication research in which the use of big data sets and methods are common and widely available research practices – just as survey research, observations, and media content analyses are mainstream techniques of communication inquiry today.
to Fri, February 16th, 2018, 6 p.m