The British Sociological Association have just announced a presidential event in The Challenge of Big Data. There is a great line-up of speakers and it looks like it will be a lively event. Here is the event website and here is the programme. This is the overview of the focus of the workshop:
The Government White Paper on Open Data and the Finch Report on Open Access to Research publications were both published in June 2012, inaugurating a discussion about the changing nature of social science research and its role in the evaluation of policy and practice. Administrative data and its linkage to other large data sets, data mining, and the increased proprietorial interest in large data all pose a fundamental challenge for the social sciences to confront big data with big questions. This joint event of the British Library and the British Sociological Association uses a workshop format to address these issues.