Social Data Science Center (SoDa)

The Social Data Science Center (SoDa) — a Center established by the College of Information Studies and the Joint Program in Survey Methodology (JPSM) within the College of Behavioral and Social Sciences — is an inter‐disciplinary academic and research center. We strive to become a leader in research and education involving new forms of social and behavioral data.

SoDa plans to sponsor seminars, workshops and focused conferences designed to bring attention to the rapidly expanding universe of digitized data and new forms of behavioral data, as well as developments in data science that can benefit investigators in the social sciences.

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Five Projects Awarded the Inaugural SoDa Seed Grant

July 12, 2023 | Info Staff
Funding provided to projects that seek to solve social media misinformation, vulnerable community infrastructure, and racial injustice
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(Video) SoDa Symposium: A Dialogue at the Intersection of Human-Computer Interaction and Social Data Science Methods

April 21, 2023 | UMD INFO Staff
INFO Professor Jen Golbeck and JPSM instructor Jen Romano spoke on a panel moderated by INFO Professor Wayne Lutters.
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(Video) SoDa Symposium: Social Data Science Research, Innovation, and Entrepreneurship

March 28, 2023 | UMD INFO Staff
Presenters discussed innovation, entrepreneurship in social data science, and creators on social media.