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
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Migration support: Flux to Great Lakes

By the end of November 2019, Advanced Research Computing - Technical Services (ARC-TS) will retire Flux, the University’s current High Performance Computing cluster. Flux will be replaced by Great Lakes, launched for general use later this summer.

To support faculty and staff in migrating their workflows from Flux to Great Lakes, ARC-TS is offering hands-on training and Q&A sessions at ISR for the rest of the summer that are open to the entire U-M community. These sessions will include a short presentation of Great Lakes and the Slurm scheduling system to get users started. The majority of the time will be dedicated to attendees being able to ask questions and receive hands-on migration assistance by support staff.

ISR faculty and staff are invited to attend any or all of the following sessions:

  • Wed July 17, 1-3pm, ISR Thompson, Room 1450
  • Mon July 29, 1-3pm, ISR Thompson, Room 1450
  • Tue July 30, 9-11am, ISR Thompson, Room 1450
  • Tue Aug 6, 1-3pm, ISR Thompson, Room 1450
  • Thu Aug 15, 9-11am, ISR Thompson, Room 1450
  • Wed Aug 21, 9-11am, ISR Thompson, Room 1450
  • Mon Aug 26, 1-3pm, ISR Thompson, Room 1450


There will be other sessions at other locations on campus over the next coming months. More information regarding these sessions can be found at


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 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.
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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