Online research methods are popular, dynamic and fast-changing. Following on from the great success of the first edition, published in 2008, The SAGE Handbook of Online Research Methods, Second Edition offers both updates of existing subject areas and new chapters covering more recent developments, such as social media, big data, data visualization and CAQDAS. Bringing together the leading names in both qualitative and quantitative online research, this new edition is organised into nine sections: 1. Online Research Methods 2. Designing Online Research 3. Online Data Capture and Data Collection 4. The Online Survey 5. Digital Quantitative Analysis 6. Digital Text Analysis 7. Virtual Ethnography 8. Online Secondary Analysis: Resources and Methods 9. The Future of Online Social Research The SAGE Handbook of Online Research Methods, Second Edition is an essential resource for anyone interested in the contemporary practice of computer-mediated research and scholarship.
Chapter 30: Finding and Investigating Geographical Data Online
Finding and Investigating Geographical Data Online
Geographical location is a unique and important aspect of many social phenomena, and is implicitly or explicitly recorded in much social data. The uses of geographical location in research can be essentially divided between data linkage and spatial analysis. Geographical location provides a key mechanism for social scientists to link data between sources when relationships are not explicit in the observed (or observable) data and include, for example, the association between individuals and geographical areas. Geographical locations of some type are increasingly included in routine data collection. Knowledge of an area can provide us with information on service ...