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Lecture 2019/12/05
Practical Application of Data Science: Professor Natalie Pang Tracks Major Incidents in Real-Time

Taiwan Institute for Governance and Communication Research (TIGCR) worked with the College of Communication to invite Professor Natalie Pang from National University of Singapore to hold the workshop “Introduction to Data Science with R” on Wednesday, October 5th. Professor Natalie Pang taught students how to apply software R to the hottest data science research. This workshop was hosted by Professor Trisha T.C. Lin, Associate Dean of College of Communication and Chair of International Research and Collaboration Committee in TIGCR.

Professor Pang shared her research experiences

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 Professor Lin introduced the workshop

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A series of news happening in Little India at the night in 2013 shocked the world. An Indian worker was killed by a private bus which angered local pedestrians and workers. The later-arriving police cars and ambulances were destroyed by hundreds of protestors. The death of an Indian sparked off ethnic conflicts. This two-hour riot occurred in relatively stable Singapore. The hashtag Little India Riot (#lir) then appeared on Twitter at that night. Users from everywhere uploaded and updated the news of turbulence in Little India. Professor Natalie Pang analyzed the whole disturbance.

Professor Pang demonstrated how to use R and RStudio

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In the workshop, Professor Pang shared the topic “About Data Science Myth”. By taking the riot in Little India as an example, Professor Pang used the software Python, excel, R and Tableau in different phases. This workshop focuses on R and RStudio. Professor Pang first discussed about R and RStudio, helping attendees to learn R step by step. She also offered open resources for self-learning. 

Professor Pang demonstrated how to use R and RStudio

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Professor Pang shared her research experiences on social platforms, including Facebook and Twitter. She pointed out that it is important to get templates during the process of searching data, because we need to edit the contents in the software. Among several social platforms, the openness and consistency of Twitter make it become an important source of analyzing data. In contrast, Facebook, which is popular in Singapore, is not an easy way to reach data. On the one hand, the format of its users’ posts is inconsistent. On the other hand, the news of Cambridge Analytica pushed Facebook to update its privacy setting which requires more efforts in data-collecting.

Eventually, students raised the question about various software and platforms which are mainly used for data science currently. Professor Natalie Pang answered that the choices of software actually depends on the problems users want to solve. Hopefully, this workshop has refreshed and enriched every attendee’s knowledge about data science.

Group photo after the workshop

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Lecture promote 2020/05/07
【Speech】Heraclitus and the Standards of Science: A Case for Considering Open Science Practices in Communication Science

The Taiwan Institute for Governance and Communication Research (TIGCR) invites Associate Professor Nick Bowman to deliver an online public speech on " Heraclitus and the Standards of Science: A Case for Considering Open Science Practices in Communication Science ".

About the Speech

Science is a field that presents knowledge while paradoxically complicated and updating the same. This turbulence can be found in the very evolutions of our scientific standards of practice, from how we conduct work and collect data to how we analyze, present, and share our work with interested audiences. In response to broad calls for transparency in science and recognizing the affordances of online knowledge distribution, a growing number of communication scholars, journals, institutions, and learned associations are encouraging us to reconsider how we produce science for maximum impact. Our current presentation will (a) review the genesis of open science practices, (b) outline an agenda of seven open science practices relevant to communication science, (c) discuss costs and benefits associated with this agenda and (d) provide specific recommendations and examples for adopting some or all of the proposed agenda in your own research, including special considerations for political communication research. The online session will include a follow-up question and answer session.

Reference papers:

https://www.tandfonline.com/doi/full/10.1080/08824096.2018.1513273

https://academic.oup.com/joc/article/doi/10.1093/joc/jqz052/5803422

 

Author Bio

Nick Bowman (Ph.D., Michigan State University) is an Associate Professor of Journalism and Creative Media Industries at Texas Tech University, and Fulbright Wu Jing-Jyi Arts and Culture Fellow at the National Chengchi University. His research examines the cognitive, emotional, social, and physical demands of interactive media, with a specific focus on how these demands guide usage and explain effects from using video games, as well as virtual reality, augmented reality, and other interactive media. He has published over 80 peer-reviewed manuscripts in numerous journals focused on communication, cyberpsychology, and media psychology. He was most recently editor of Communication Research Reports and is the incoming editor of Journal of Media Psychology.

  • Topic: Heraclitus and the Standards of Science: A Case for Considering Open Science Practices in Communication Science
  • Speaker: Nick Bowman (Associate Professor, Journalism and Creative Media Industries, Texas Tech University, USA)
  • Date: 2020/05/27 (Wednesday) 13:30
  • Formation: Online speech

Note

  1. The speech will be held online. Successful sign up will receive Youtube link by email before the speech (05/26). The link is only for confirming whether it is effective, not for watching videos. If you don’t receive the link before May 26th, 5 p.m., please don’t hesitate to contact us.
  2. Those who can access the website via the link can watch the speech online on Wednesday, May 27th, 1:30 p.m. If you have any questions about the speech, please feel free to let us know by comments or email.

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Workshop 2019/12/06
A Good Helper of Qualitative Analysis: Professor Natalie Pang handles multiple data by NVivo

Following Data Science Workshop on Thursday, December 5th (Read more: Practical Application of Data Science: Professor Natalie Pang Tracks Major Incidents in Real-time), Taiwan Institute for Governance and Communication Research (TIGCR) and College of Communication invited Professor Natalie Pang from National University of Singapore to hold another workshop, with the topic “Qualitative Analysis with NVivo”. It’s our privilege to have Associate Professor Kuo-Feng Tseng host this workshop.

 Professor Tseng introduced the workshop

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Professor Pang introduced qualitative research

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Professor Natalie Pang first introduced qualitative research. Qualitative research contains rich and flexible research methods, so qualitative data depends on the interpretation of researchers. The research approach focusing on quality and quantity becomes more and more important. However, this mixed-way approach is criticized heavily for the reference of paradigm, underlying philosophy and the rising need of research. What’s more, whether this approach can answer research questions remains in doubt. Speaking of the implementation of qualitative research, Professor Pang reminded students of data-collecting process and the related issues that they need to be aware of. Then, she shared her research experiences on farm women in Australia. Based on words, oral history, videos and photos, she shaped collective memories by building personal knowledge.

Professor Pang shared her research experiences on farm women in Australia

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Software NVivo can assist researchers to handle documents, voices, videos and photos. This workshop began with learning multiple coding ways. Professor Pang advised that after editing codebook, we should be flexible to modify codebook and theories when reviewing collected data. She used her data to illustrate the way and process of coding. In addition, reliability and validity are crucial as well. There is no uniform standard to analyze in qualitative research, so it is essential to find out suitable standards. She pointed out that triangulation strategy and inter-coder reliability are viable alternatives.

Professor Pang demonstrated the software function

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Next, Professor Pang demonstrated how to make use of NCapture function to attain data on Twitter, including tweet contents, tweet time, tweet type (retweet or tweet), social network, number of retweet, hashtag, location and number of followers. The data can be utilized on research analysis, it can also be combined with maps and graphs. As for facebook data, we can only obtain public webpages and articles due to the privacy settings of posts and users. According to Professor Pang, privacy settings of social platforms differ; therefore, NCapture cannot be applied to every of them.

Professor Pang demonstrated the software function

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Finally, she emphasized qualitative and quantitative analysis are important research approaches. We should choose either of them based on research questions. Attendees benefited a great deal from this workshop.

Group photo after the workshop

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