[Air-l] Online Social Sciences

Bernad Batinic Bernad.Batinic at wiso.uni-erlangen.de
Thu Nov 7 03:05:44 PST 2002

I would like to inform you about that we published a book with 
the titel "Online Social Sciences" (Batinic, Reips, & Bosnjak, 
Eds.). It contains 24 chapters about the possibilities to use 
the internet for data collection (e.g. online panels, person-
ality assessment via internet, psychological experimenting on 
the world wide web, forms of research in MUDs, dialogue and 
interview-bots for the www). At the end of this email you`ll 
find a general introduction. 
If you like, you can get some further information about it 
(specially the table of contents) at:
Greetings from Germany,
Bernad Batinic

Ever more researchers in the social sciences and market 
research are interested in using the benefits of the Internet 
to obtain data, and as this book shows online studies can 
address many questions that are asked by social scientists. 
This unique text provides comprehensive and up-to-date 
information, from the basics upwards, about online research 
methods, technical approaches to data collection, and the 
quality and limitations of data collected online. Included 
among the twenty-four chapters, written by leading online 
researchers from Europe and North America, are ones 
investigating the implementation of both reactive and non-
reactive methods of data collection. The studies reported 
utilize Web-based questionnaires, Web experiments, 
observations of virtual worlds, case narrations, content 
analyses, and analysis of mailing-lists and other log data.
In addition to featuring various fields of research in the 
online environment and reporting the results of such studies, 
this book also seeks to bridge a gap between Internet 
scientists in Europe and the US. In the past, researchers have 
tended to work on similar projects without collaboration: this 
book represents a joint effort among these researchers. Online 
research from an international perspective: the latest 
developments and techniques for social scientists and others 
interested in exploiting the opportunities the Internet 

Dr. Bernad Batinic
Universitaet Erlangen-Nuernberg
Lehrstuhl fuer Wirtschafts- und Sozialpsychologie
tel. 0911/ 5302-247  fax -243  sekr. -259

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