We live in an era of unprecedented data production combined with improvements in data storage and processing capabilities. We are increasingly witnessing the widespread availability of smartphones, connected devices and sensor arrays able to provide all sorts of data that carry information about human activity and behaviour, in the form of “digital traces”. Among the many fields in which this “data revolution” has provided valuable input, one in which the contribution has been most disruptive is that of the social sciences. In this context, we witness the birth of a new discipline: Computational Social Science (CSS). Despite its potential as a policymaking tool, a systematic approach towards mainstreaming the use of advanced computational methods and non-traditional data in policymaking has yet to be identified.
In this context, the role of the Handbook of Computational Social Science for Policy is twofold. As a first goal, we wish this book to be both a reference for terminology, definitions and concepts relative to Computational Social Science for Policy and a picture of the status of the different possible fields of application. At the same time, this book should not be conceived as an end point for the research in Computational Social Science in policy making, but a stimulus for scientists to advance knowledge in this vibrant field of research.
Eleonora Bertoni is a Project Manager – Computational Social Scientist at the European Commission, Joint Research Centre (JRC), where she works for the Centre of Advanced Studies (CAS). She manages the activities of the CAS group on Computational Social Science for Policy which aims at building capacity in accessing and analyzing non-traditional data to address specific policy questions.
The seminar will be held online and in presence, in room 5-E4-SR04 (Roentgen Building).
CIVICA Research brings together researchers from eight leading European universities in the social sciences to contribute knowledge and solutions to the world’s most pressing challenges. The project aims to strengthen the research & innovation pillar of CIVICA, the European University alliance. CIVICA Research is co-funded by the EU’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation program