If you want to know the impact of research funding, says science and innovation policy guru Julia Lane (NYU/Wagner and Center for Urban Science and Progress), you need a system that puts people, and not publications, at the center. And if you want to produce this knowledge at the speed and scale of its emergence, she argues, you need to be aware of the challenges and opportunities that lie in using big data in social science. In two talks on social science and big data research delivered at UMass on April 1, Dr. Lane described the Institute for Research on Innovation & Science (IRIS) as one approach that has had to address both these challenges to trace the effects of federally-funded research initiatives into the economy and society. Dr. Lane’s seminars, sponsored by ISSR and CSSI, were an invitation for social scientists to take charge of the rising tide of questions about the impact of research funding, and to direct it in the scientific tradition – with clear research questions, a conceptual framework, and sound methodological approaches.
View highlights from Dr. Lane's two public talks .
View the presentation slides of her first talk on here.
View the presentation slides of her second talk on IRIS .