Call for Applications - Big Data and the Quality of Life

The International Social Science Council (ISSC) calls for applications from outstanding early career social scientists around the world to become World Social Science Fellows and participate in an expert group meeting on

Big Data and the Quality of Life

18-20 March 2015

The Medialab at Sciences Po University, Paris, France

Our quality of life is profoundly influenced by information coming from big data. More and more data are being processed with ever-increasing speed and sophistication, and the size and complexity of infrastructures for big data are growing at an equal pace. At the same time, it is becoming clear that we have only limited understanding of the interplay between the technical, social, organizational and cultural aspects of the collection, storage and analysis of big data.

The workshop will prepare recommendations for different stakeholders in the big and open data world (including researchers, research funding agencies, archives, and publishers) to facilitate expanded integration across scientific disciplines to identify key issues in addressing the connectivity between big data and quality of life. At the workshop, plans will also be made to take this work forward with one or more panels at the World Social Science Forum in Durban, SA 13-16 September 2015 and a one-week workshop at the Center for Internet and Society in Bangalore, India in 2016.

The expert group meeting will bring together around fifteen leading social and natural science scholars and practitioners in ‘eScience’ and ‘cyber infrastructure’ from around the world, as well as five talented, early career social scientists. We are looking for early career social scientists who show great scientific promise and are not afraid to look beyond the boundaries of their own discipline. If you fit this description and are interested in the relationship between big data and quality of life, please apply to become a World Social Science Fellow and be part of the expert group meeting.

Download the call for applications.