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Data on Economic Anxiety Offer New Opportunities for Insights on the Global Effects of the COVID-19 Pandemic

Frauke Kreuter, Esther Kim, Sarah LaRocca, Katherine Morris, Christoph Kern, Andres Garcia December 21, 2020 Context The Global COVID-19 Trends and Impact Survey, which launched in April, 2020, is currently the largest ongoing public health data collection effort related to COVID-19. The survey is led by the University of Maryland and Carnegie Mellon University in […]

Measuring Emotion, Conflict and Disagreement – Watch Event Video

Social Data Science Center presents: Measuring Emotion, Conflict and Disagreement A Panel Discussion with Q&ATuesday, November 10, 2020 Panelists Annotation of Emotions and DisagreementPresented By: Dr. Susannah B. F. PaletzResearch Professor, College of Information Studies (iSchool), University of Maryland.Affiliate, Applied Research Lab for Intelligence and Security (ARLIS).Associate, Social Data Science Center (SoDa). When Does Disagreement […]


Global Trends of Mask Usage in 19 Million Adults

October 12, 2020 By Ting-Hsuan Chang1, Elena Badillo Goicoechea1, Elizabeth Stuart1, Esther Kim2, Katherine Morris2, Sarah LaRocca2, Curtiss Cobb2, Xiaoyi Deng3, Samantha Chiu3, Adrianne Bradford3,Frauke Kreuter3,4 [The Global COVID-19 Trends and Impact Survey is a partnership between The University of Maryland, Carnegie Mellon University, and Facebook Data for Good. Data represented in the map are […]

JPSM Faculty, Alumni Receive Census Bureau Grants

Faculty and alumni of the Joint Program in Survey Methodology (JPSM) recently received awards from the U.S. Census Bureau in support of innovative work to improve the science of data collection. The first award was to RTI International to build a new Ask US Panel. This project will design, build and maintain a probability-based online research […]

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3-Day Virtual Event: UMD Launches the new Social Data Science Center (SoDa)

What does the future of collaborative efforts look like when research methods and strategies of academics are combined with industry help? The powerful information available in large social science data sets is critical to understanding and addressing many of our nation and world’s most pressing challenges: from Covid-19 to racial, social and economic injustice; and […]

Social Data Science Center Launches With Support From Facebook

The University of Maryland today announced the launch of the Social Data Science Center (SoDa), which will meld computer science with social science theory and analysis to help researchers address challenges in health care, education, climate, entertainment and government. Facebook is supporting the center’s research and education programs over the next three years, including its inaugural project, […]

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COVID-19 Symptom Survey – Request for Data Access Facebook Data For Good

The COVID-19 symptom surveys are designed to help researchers better monitor and forecast the spread of COVID-19. In partnership with University of Maryland and Carnegie Mellon University, Facebook users are invited to take surveys conducted by these two partner universities to self-report COVID-19-related symptoms. The surveys may be used to generate new insights on how […]

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Maryland Experts, Facebook Partner to Gather Global COVID-19 Symptom Data

University of Maryland researchers are teaming up with Facebook to provide the survey methodology muscle needed to obtain a much-needed global view of the worldwide COVID-19 crisis—where it’s growing, where it’s abating and where the next hot spot could develop. The social networking site started rolling out the survey Wednesday night; it’s expected to reach users […]

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Early Insights from Newly Launched Symptom Survey Helping to Better Predict the Spread of COVID-19

As the world fights covid-19 and countries develop plans to reopen their societies, it’s critical to have a clear understanding of how the disease is spreading. Better data can help governments determine where to send resources such as ventilators and personal protective equipment — and eventually which areas are safe to start opening up again. […]