Digital Humanities Network at UiB
Digital humanities workshop

Research ethics when using data from social media

How can researchers ethically use data from social media? UiB's Digital Humanities Network invites scholars and students to a presentation of the Association of Internet Researchers new research ethics guidelines, followed by a workshop where you can discuss and receive feedback on your own project.

Girl leaning against a tree, looking at her phone.
How can researchers ethically study material ordinary people have shared online? What limits should we set? What could do harm? What kinds of research lead to good outcomes for participants?

This event has two parts: 


A lunch event with two talks about research ethics and the use of social media data, one by Charles Ess and one by Anne Mette Somby from NSD. A light lunch will be served, and there will be some time for discussion. 


A workshop led by Charles Ess where researchers can discuss and receive feedback on research ethics with regards to their own research projects.

To participate in the workshop, please write a 1-2 page description of your research project, including research questions, methodology, etc. and then as careful of an account as you can give on the primary ethical issues you are concerned about, stuck on, etc. Send your description to hannah.ackermans@uib.no by October 15, 2019.

In preparation, please read the AoIR Guidelines 3.0 (available after October 5). Charles Ess will also make available several recent articles that may be of interest, depending on the issues and interests that you as participants describe in your project descriptions.

Charles Ess is a philosopher and a professor in the Media Department at the University of Oslo. He led the Association of Internet Researchers' first Ethics Working Group, leading to a report in 2002, and has continued to be deeply involved in the work, with new guidelines being issued in 2012, and a third revision to be released in the autumn of 2019. Ess will present the current work in a lunch talk, and then interested researchers doing or planning research involving social media are invited to participate in a workshop, where they will have the opportunity to discuss research ethics in their own projects.