Social Data Analytics Lab
Data science for social good.
Data science for social good.
The Social Data Analytics (SoDA) Lab enables a connection between data, data science and an empowered community sector within the emerging Society 4.0.
Our mission is to work with communities, social and government sectors to partner on data analyses, build data-handling capacity in the sector and design appropriate governance, security and new data handling tools - for the community sector.
Society 4.0 describes life during and after automation, artificial intelligence, digital communications and high-powered data analytics. These are technologies of the Fourth Industrial Revolution.
Our research provides employers, government, trades unions, professional bodies, health, social and community services with data analyses that track how the digital revolution is affecting the world of work and workplaces. What will happen to traditional industries and jobs, will some sectors be more resilient, where, how and who will be affected socially and economically as work changes? Will particular government policies affect work, allowing employees to re-skill? The Society 4.0 Analyses will be invaluable as society changes to become more digitised and automated.
There are growing public health challenges in the areas of mental health and wellbeing. Our particular focus is on communities and workplaces. We seek to explore questions like:
Social connections have the power to positively affect our health and wellbeing. They can foster community development and provide resilience during times of crisis.
Social connections are typically developed through face-to-face contact with friends, family and/or neighbours, they may also occur through personal emotional attachments maintained electronically (via phone or online). Connections can be with carers or service providers, pets, modern technologies like robots and metaphysical entities like a god or connection to country.
Our research in this space explores the key aspects of social connections that have been raised by a diverse body of research and acknowledges the changing nature of contemporary social life.
Our research in this space is focused on a good start in life and positive attitudes to women, children, families and diversity.
We are working on how data can be pooled and used collectively to understand the impact of partnership initiatives in improving lives. Our effort aims to enable pooled community organisation data to be linked with, and overlayered on:
This enables us to understand relationships between the nature of neighbourhoods and improvement/change initiatives by community partnerships. Social media analytics can also be useful here to understand how people are communicating:
Read a piece by Arezou and Anthony from our team - published in The conversation, November 2018.
Read about a project led by Professor Jane Farmer using visualisation to show wellbeing data - published in Swinburne News, October 2018.
Read a piece featuring Carolyn Wallace, a Swinburne PhD student who is part of the Social Innovation Research Institute - published in Swinburne News, August 2018.