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Potencjał Big Data w badaniach społecznych
The Potential of Big Data in Social Research

Author(s): Remigiusz Żulicki
Subject(s): Social development, Social Theory, Social Informatics
Published by: Instytut Filozofii i Socjologii Polskiej Akademii Nauk
Keywords: Big Data; research methodology; information society; epistemology

Summary/Abstract: The problem was taken up by the epistemological promises emerging among the Big Data enthusiasts. There have been discussions about the use of Big Data as a method or a technique for social research. Also, the promises mentioned above and the common ‘the end of experts’ slogan were criticised. Conclusions concern cognitive opportunities and risks, especially in the social sciences. It was considered that Big Data could be known as a knowledge acquisition tool. However, a strong skeptical approach is necessary. For sociologists, exploring the phenomenon itself is valuable for understanding the information society. The possible direction of future Big Data research is also indicated.

  • Issue Year: 226/2017
  • Issue No: 3
  • Page Range: 175-207
  • Page Count: 33
  • Language: Polish