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The Productive Scholar: Trust & Identity Practices in Illicit Deep Web Transactions

Topic: Trust & Identity Practices in Illicit Deep Web Transactions
Speaker: Rachael Ferguson, Department of Sociology

Date: Thursday, November 6, 12:00pm – 1:00pm
Location: New Media Center (NMC), 130 Lewis Library

Co-presented with the Center for Digital Humanities

Lunch will be provided. To register for this session:
(Registration is not required for attendance, however refreshments may be limited)

‘Virtual ethnography’ is an increasingly popular method in Sociology and Anthropology. Researchers have examined interaction on various social media websites, taken participant observer roles in Second Life, and non-participant observer roles with organizations such as the hacktivist group known as Anonymous. This talk looks at how virtual ethnography can be used to examine online identity practices, focusing on trust and identity in illicit transactions on Deep Web marketplaces.

Rachael Ferguson is a doctoral candidate in Sociology. Her dissertation is a multi-year multi-site ethnography that examines order and interaction for participants in a variety of criminal enterprises, including sexworkers, bookies, drug gangs and dealers in the US, and the Mafia in Sicily. The book manuscript for this project is currently under review at the University of California Press.

The Productive Scholar: Best Practices for Data Management

Topic: Best Practices for Data Management480885099 copy
Speaker: Willow Dressel (Plasma Physics and E-Science Librarian)

Time: Thursday, October 16, 12:00pm – 1:00pm
Location: New Media Center (NMC), 130 Lewis Library, First Floor

• Slides from Willow Dressel’s presentation: RDMProductiveScholar-10-2014
• Entertaining NYU Health Sciences Library video on the perils of poor data management. Shown by Willow Dressel during her presentation.

More and more digital data are being created and used in the course of research, yet often little thought is given to managing this data for collaboration, future use, or preservation. In addition, many funders require data management plans be submitted with grant applications, and both funders and journals are calling for shared or publicly accessible data. Following best practices can help you be prepared for these requirements.

Willow Dressel is the E-Science and Plasma Physics Librarian and has been providing reference, instruction, and outreach services for Princeton University Libraries for over five years. She is currently developing research data management library services for the sciences. Willow holds a Bachelor of Science in Physics and Astronomy, and a Master of Library and Information Science from the University of Washington.

The Productive Scholar: Overview of Q-APS: Social Science Research Support for Scholars

Download the slides from this presentation: QAPS-Olmsted-slidesS2014

Topic: Overview of Q-APS (Program for Quantitative and Analytical Political Science): Social Science Research Support for Scholarsviews
Speaker: Jonathan Olmsted

Time: Thursday, April 17, 12:00pm – 1:00pm
Location: HRCC, 012 East Pyne, Lower Level




The Program for Quantitative and Analytical Political Science (Q-APS) offers training, consulting, and resources in support of social science and beyond. In this presentation, Jonathan Olmsted will outline and discuss examples of the ways Q-APS supports social science research at Princeton University for Princeton affiliates of all levels. The goal of this talk is to introduce these forms of support to a broader audience within the university.

SESSION RECAP: Jonathan provided a detailed overview of the various resources of Q-APS that are available to members of the campus. Though the focus of the presentation was on the social scientists Q-APS also works with humanists and those who, regardless of discipline, want to explore applying quantitative analysis to their research. Jonathan’s review included past and current examples of Q-APS’ support offerings including teaching…[more after the jump]

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The Productive Scholar: Using Mechanical Turk and Qualtrics to Crowdsource Tasks and Surveys

Topic: Using Mechanical Turk and Qualtrics to Crowdsource Tasks and Surveys
Speaker: Alfredo García

Time: Thursday, March 6, 12:00 pm – 1:00 pmMech-Turk-Qual_PS3 copy
Location: HRC Classroom, 012 East Pyne, Lower Level

The idea of “crowdsourcing” has increasingly been used in a variety of settings. With the help of social media, we can now crowdsource funds, software coding, information, and a variety of other tasks. But how can a scholar put crowdsourcing to use in his/her own work? This talk will focus on using Qualtrics, an online survey-generating software platform, and Amazon Mechanical Turk (AMT), a popular crowdsourcing website, to field surveys and collect hard-to-get information. Of particular interest in this session will be the use of AMT for running experimental survey designs. (Free Qualtrics accounts arevavailable for Princeton University members through the Princeton Survey Research Center.)

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