7th Biennial ACSPRI Social Science Methodology Conference

Thinking like a programmer: open approaches to quantitative research
2020-12-02, 15:45–16:00, Zoom Breakout Room 1

Open source software began as a licensing model born from the free software movement. Although often as social science researchers our exposure to the open source world is to tools developed under open source licenses, there is much to be learnt from the tools and approaches that support this development in an increasingly computational research world.

This talk introduces the open source paradigm and discusses its importance and relevance to quantitative research. We discuss open source software development as a model for successful decentralised open collaboration, and how the tools, collaboration frameworks and approach behind open source software development can and are being leveraged to advance quantitative research tools and methods.

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