CFP Doctoral workshop @webuse on Digital tools to study human behavior in online environments

Developing Best Practices for Using Digital Tools to Study
Human Behavior in Online Environments
We invite doctoral students who study human behavior in digital
environments, and who are at the beginning stages of their
dissertation work, to apply to a workshop focusing on methodological
issues in this kind of research. (At a different stage in your work,
but still interested? See below.)
WHEN: August 18-20, 2013
WHERE: Evanston, Illinois, USA (just north of Chicago)
COST: None, the workshop will cover participants’ lodging and meals,
and in most cases the full cost of their travel
HOST: Web Use Project, School of Communication, Northwestern University
The goal of the workshop is to bring together about a dozen junior and
half-a-dozen senior scholars to discuss methodological best practices
for the in-depth study of human behavior in digital environments.
So-called “big data” offer lots of opportunities to study the social
world, but may miss insights that methods such as in-person
observations and interviews can discover. Bringing different types of
data and methods together can help address challenges, such as biased
data sets, and can help glean new insights. Workshop participants will
discuss tools that exist and tools that need to be developed for
sharable, sustainable, and scalable approaches to collecting, coding,
and analyzing comparable data about human behavior in digital

The workshop welcomes applications from full-time doctoral students,
regardless of citizenship. Ideally, applicants will not yet have begun
data collection for their dissertation, or will be in the early stages
of that process. Applicants should, however, have a well-defined
dissertation research question. We welcome students from a variety of
disciplines, including but not limited to anthropology, communication,
demography, economics, human computer interaction, information and
library sciences, media studies, political science, science and
technology studies, and sociology. Students need not be enrolled at a
university in the U.S. to participate.
NOT ELIGIBLE, BUT INTERESTED? We ask scholars working on related
projects, but either not yet at the dissertation data collection stage
or well into their projects to get in touch with us so that we can
keep them posted of future meetings and funding opportunities. We
welcome hearing from senior scholars as well.
Review of applications for the workshop will begin May 29, 2013. For
full consideration, please send application materials before that
1. Fill out and submit this online form:
2. Fill out the Application Form linked at
3. Send the Application Form and a copy of your CV (with your last
name, first name initial in the file name, e.g., HargittaiE-CV.pdf) as
attachments to .
Questions? Please email with any questions
related to the workshop.
Funding for the workshop is provided by the Alfred P. Sloan