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University of Calgary doctoral student Mylynn Felt joins the Research Minutes podcast to talk about how researchers in the social sciences can use big data to further their research aims, some tools that can be help for researchers who want to get started in this type of work, and the ramifications of big data for social science in the long term.

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I loved Mylynn's point that utilizing social media data can serve a similar purpose as a focus group. I wonder what questions would social media data might be particularly useful in helping us answer questions in education. I'd be curious to see most searched lesson plans or activities on Pinterest. It would also be interesting to see the most popular education Twitter chats. What questions would others be interested in asking?