Data Science

The Institute for Social Research has a strong tradition of producing computational social science research. Increasingly, there are research efforts across the Institute that integrate data science approaches and methods into the social sciences. The purpose of this work is to develop these methods further and use them to improve the understanding of diverse social science phenomena. 

As data science (the convergence of expertise from the fields of advanced math and statistics, computer science, and social science domains) begins to take on a distinctive role across disciplines, we will plan events and resources for researchers who are currently participating in or interested in the area of social science data science.

Organizer:  Jule Krüger
For additional information, please contact Jule at:

Website: Visit the ISR Data Science Portal to connect with researchers, find out about upcoming data science events, and sign up for email updates.

Upcoming Events

Weekly CoderSpaces

Come join our weekly U-M Data Science Hubs!

Do you write code for research or class? Do you sometimes get stuck? Or, do you seek a social environment shared with fellow programmers?

Writing code, or “programming,” can be a fun but also challenging and lonely enterprise. Hosted by members of the U-M community, our CoderSpaces are there for you to meet other coders, so you can connect and learn from your coder peers. Participation is open to anyone interested in writing code for computational social science, data science, statistics, social science method, engineering, etc., be they students, staff, or faculty.

In our CoderSpaces, we seek to build a casual, productive and inclusive environment where everyone is welcome regardless of their skill or level of expertise, to share experiences and knowledge, assist each other in data-intensive projects, and enjoy peer-programming opportunities. We hope that participants will actively help each other as able.

To participate, bring a laptop and some coding work, or just come and hang out, socialize, and assist others. Our hosts look forward to hacking with you!

During the Winter 2020 semester, three weekly opportunities are available. View the ISR Data Science Events page for details.

View the CoderSpace Flyer


ISR Data Science Portal


Past Events

#UMTweetCon2019: A Conference on the Use of Twitter Data for Research and Analytics

May 23, 2019
University of Michigan, Institute for Social Research
Click here to explore the program, slides, and photos from this event.



Click below to view tweets about the event.


ISR Data Science Lunch 2.0

Wednesday, February 6, 2019

Jule Krüger, Program Manager for big data and data science at ISR, reported on new initiatives that are designed to facilitate data science research and training in the Institute.
Click to view slides

Seth Meyer, Research Computing Lead at ARC-TS, presented resources for high performance computing with a specific focus on social science applications.
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Kerby Shedden, Director of CSCAR, highlighted resources for research consultation and training.

Libby Hemphill, Associate Professor in the School of Information and Director of Resource Center for Minority Data, reported on the development of a Social Media Archive at ICPSR.
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Photos of ISR Data Science Lunch 2.0

Data Science Lunch at the Institute for Social Research

HackerSpaces at ISR during Winter 2019

Do you write code for computational social science projects?
Are you interested in advancing your programming skills?
Do you spend a lot of time on Stack Overflow?
Would you like to connect with other people in the ISR hacker community?

If you answered `yes‘ to at least one of these questions, then you are warmly invited to join our new hackerspaces at the Institute for Social Research. The communal hacking opportunities are being hosted by members of the ISR community for faculty, staff, and students. Participation is open to anyone interested in computational social science research.

The goal is to foster a diverse and inclusive hacking environment in which attendees can benefit from each other’s expertise. To participate, hackers need to bring their own laptops and, ideally, have a chunk of code they are planning to work on unless they plan to assist and join others in their coding endeavors.

There are three weekly HackerSpace events available:

Mondays, 4-6PM, ISR Thompson, Room 1450, with CPS faculty Yuki Shiraito.

Tuesdays, 10:30AM-12PM, ISR Thompson Atrium, with CPS faculty Christopher Fariss

Wednesdays, 10:30-11:30AM, ISR Thompson, Room 6080, with SRC faculty Erin Ware