The second of our scheduled workshops took place at Sheffield Hallam University on 6 March. In the first session, Andrew Salway and Daniel Allington offered their perspectives on current debates around ‘Big Data’ and introduced us to some illustrative case studies. We also discussed how some of the tools and methods discussed could be utilised for research on reading, especially with regards to online and digitised content. After lunch, the discussion focused on the ethical issues raised by this kind of research, and participants shared their experiences of institutional processes relating to ethics approval. A short video and slides from the morning’s session will appear here.
Many thanks to Andrew and Daniel for leading the workshop, and to Alice Bell for organising rooms and a fantastic lunch for us at Sheffield Hallam.