Directed Research Group: The COVID-19 Information Landscape (Fall 2020)
The Covid-19 pandemic has required us to navigate a challenging information landscape. How have our institutions responded to this challenge, and how have people made sense of the information provided to them? What role have search platforms played in shaping this challenging terrain? In this Directed Research Group, you'll learn and apply theories of sensemaking and institutional provisioning to conduct a content analysis on search engine results collected during the pandemic. We'll analyze the data you collect and reflect on what this can tell us about our response to the crisis. Together, we'll develop a research paper for publication and share our insights with the broader community. Alternatively, you may choose to develop your own project in the supportive environment of our DRG, perhaps including data from other sources we have collected such as Wikipedia, Reddit, and Twitter.
Strong reading and writing skills in the English language, a computer you can use during the project, ability to attend team meetings through an online conferencing platform, and a commitment to high-quality results are required. Willingness to work both in a team and independently is required. Familiarity with research practices, content analysis, R, and Python are helpful but not required.
To join this DRG, submit a resume and/or cover letter (the resume might contain a brief list of recent courses and any relevant work experience, the cover letter could be a description of why you'd like to participate, including your academic or career interests, or what you hope to learn).