(Video) SoDa Symposium: Social Data Science Research, Innovation, and Entrepreneurship

UMD INFO Staff - March 28, 2023

Presenters discussed innovation, entrepreneurship in social data science, and creators on social media.

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On March 14, Frauke Kreuter, co-director of the Social Data Science Center (SoDa) and professor in the Joint Program in Survey Methodology at the University of Maryland (UMD), moderated an event with guest speakers Charles DiSogra, survey research methodologist, and Ginger Zhe Jin, professor in the Department of Economics at UMD. The presenters discussed innovation, entrepreneurship in social data science, and creators on social media.

Not all restaurants are required to post their food safety inspection grade inside their establishment. Jin discussed how to standardize food safety inspection data and make it more visible to the public. In his presentation, DiSogra touched on research opportunities using social media data and provided a glimpse into the future of social media platforms.

DiSogra has had senior positions at Meta and Google. At Meta he was director of user experience research for Facebook app and more recently director of research with Meta’s Demography and Survey Sciences group. Prior to Meta, he built the survey and statistics team for Google’s customer experience lab that tracks global advertiser satisfaction for the company. He was also the founding director of the California Health Interview Survey at UCLA and was chief statistician and senior vice president at both Abt SRBI and Knowledge Networks/GfK.

Jin is co-founder of Hazel Analytics. She is also the ADVANCE professor of the College of Behavioral and Social Sciences at UMD. She served as the director of the Federal Trade Commission’s Bureau of Economics from 2016 to 2017. Most of Jin’s research focuses on information asymmetry among economic agents and how to provide information to overcome the information problem. The applications she has studied include retail food safety, health insurance, prescription drugs, and more.