IQSS researches and develops software and systems tools—a unique undertaking in an academic environment. While social science research drives us, we strive to create broad-based, powerful, scalable, extendable products that will be useful in diverse research domains and scholarly environments. We aim to build tools that will enable breakthrough advances in a sweeping range of social problems. IQSS currently is working on the following projects:
Dataverse is a software platform that enables the hosting of research data repositories. It provides a preservation and archival infrastructure, and allows researchers to share, keep control of, and get recognition for their data through an easy to access web browser interface.
OpenDP is an effort to build a suite of open-source tools for enabling privacy-protective analysis of sensitive personal data, focused on the rapidly advancing science of differential privacy to enable institutions to safely and confidently share sensitive data to support scientifically-oriented research in the public interest.
The Systems Development team innovates the next generation of systems for computational social science. They work closely with third-party cloud vendors to host technology services that have become commoditized, and they develop innovative architectures that leverage the elastic and scalable infrastructure of cloud resources, enabling the further development and integration of new technologies to make computing easier and more powerful for social science researchers.
Contact: Len Wisniewski
In recent years, a massive growing amount of digital unstructured text is becoming available for research from blogs, news articles, publications, social media, etc. In order to conceptualize this vast amount of information, it helps to classify it into clusters of related topics. Consilience aids in the discovery of clusters that work for you, in an interactive, computer-assisted fashion.
The Consilience project is temporarily paused.