The seminar presents studies of communication in and about science with an emphasis on its social dimension. The case studies from the Czech Republic and Japan demonstrate various approaches to quantitative text analysis as a way to trace the evolution of scientific topics. By focusing on the changes in the research agenda of social scientists and in the public perception and evaluation of science, the presentations will provide insight into trends in wider social values.
|Date||September 25 (Wed), 2019|
|Venue||1208 Meeting Room (12F), National Institute of Informatics. Access to NII.|
Note that registration in advance is requested.
|13:30||Open the venue|
|14:00-14:30||Making Inferences with Topic Modeling: The Effects of Sociological Topics on Citation Impact||Radim Hladik (JSPS Postdoctoral Fellow at National Institute of Informatics)|
|14:30-15:00||The Trends of Research Methods in Japanese Sociology, 1952-2018||Hiroshi Tarohmaru (Kyoto University)|
|15:00-15:30||Understanding of Socio-technical Imaginary and ELSI: an Application of Social Science Perspectives and Quantitative Text Analysis."||Ryuma Shineha (Seijo University)|
|15:30-16:00||Open Floor Discussion and Closing||All|
Seminar is finished. Thank you for your participation
Making Inferences with Topic Modeling: The Effects of Sociological Topics on Citation Impact
The presentation will introduce an original adaptation of the TopSBM topic model to measure the association of articles with topics in a sociological corpus. The proposed approach can quantify topical consistency in journal impact as well as provide weights for a fairer assessment of individual articles.
The Trends of Research Methods in Japanese Sociology, 1952-2018
We describe the change of Japanese sociology by estimating the trend of popular methods employed on two leading journals in Japanese sociology. We argue that theoretical methods were dominant and increased until 1980's, but since then qualitative methods increased and are dominant in 2010's. We discuss the backgrounds of this change.
Understanding of Socio-technical Imaginary and ELSI: an Application of Social Science Perspectives and Quantitative Text Analysis
The talk will focus on an application of social science perspectives and quantitative text analysis to analyze social aspects of emerging science and technology. Our research PJ has tried to analyze socio-technical imaginaries and social/ethical framings of emerging science and technology with quantitative media analysis and horizon scanning. In addition, I would like to discuss our tentative data and practices to consider social aspects of emerging science with implications from our analysis.