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William H. Dutton and Paul W. Jeffreys

Print publication date: 2010

Print ISBN-13: 9780262014397

Published to MIT Press Scholarship Online: August 2013

DOI: 10.7551/mitpress/9780262014397.001.0001

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6.2 Chinese e–Social Science: A Low-End Approach

6.2 Chinese e–Social Science: A Low-End Approach

(p.188) 6.2 Chinese e–Social Science: A Low-End Approach
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Jonathan J. H. Zhu

Xiaoming Li

The MIT Press

Lack of data is considered the biggest bottleneck for social scientists in China, where archiving or sharing of social science data is rare. However, the Internet has enabled social scientists in the country to collect data from open and (mostly) free online sources, including web sites, blogs, discussion boards, and online surveys. This chapter examines innovations in research-centered computational networks and describes an e-social science program in China designed to develop low-budget tools that can be used by the country's social scientists for collecting, processing, and disseminating online data. After considering technological platforms for data sharing among Chinese social scientists, the chapter discusses the importance of training to help Chinese social scientists effectively use free online services provided by the commercial sector.

Keywords:   data sharing, China, e-social science, computational networks, training, free online services, social scientists

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