The Laboratory will work on innovating data collection and survey infrastructures, novel data sources and analysis techniques, and developing new methodological standards. It provides researchers with controlled environments in which to run social experiments and develop and test new measurement methods. It also includes tools for engaging in citizen science, a platform for running web experiments, and a suite for the analysis of large-scale digitally available, textual data. The expansion of social scientists’ research repertoire will provide enormous opportunities for the exploration of contradictions and complementarities of ‘traditional’ and ‘novel’ data sets in the pursuit of understanding the pressing social questions of our time.
The Laboratory consists of five closely interrelated tasks: