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The ESRC Research Development Initiative
The Researcher Development Initiative supports the training and development of researchers in the social sciences at all stages of their career. Established by ESRC’s Training and Development Board, RDI contributes to the development of a robust national training infrastructure intended to drive forward research training in a systematic way.
RDI aims to facilitate the production and deployment of a range of activities and resources, including student-led activities; training for research students and researchers throughout their career; regional training events; and the development and use of new tools and packages for training purposes.
The Researcher Development Initiative is linked closely with other ESRC training activities and resources, such as the National Centre for Research Methods, and the Research Methods Programme.
The ESRC Research Methods Programme 2002-2007
The programme formed part of Council's strategy to improve the standards of research methods across the UK social science community. Its funding aimed to:
- support substantively focused research that poses interesting or novel methodological issues;
- foster work that directly enhances methodological knowledge or improves and advances quantitative and qualitative methods;
- encourage and support the dissemination of good practice, including the enhancement of training programmes and training materials for the research community;
- establish Fellowships linked to research funded through this Programme, or linked to existing centres of methodological excellence;
- promote cross-national initiatives involving substantively focused and methodologically innovative research.
ESRC National Centre for Research Methods
An organisation aiming to provide a strategic focal point for the identification, development and delivery of an integrated national research, training and capacity-building programme. Aims to promote a step change in the quality and range of methodological skills and techniques used by the UK social science community, and to provide support for, and dissemination of, methodological innovation and excellence within the UK.
ESRC National Centre for eSocial Science
An organisation aiming to help social scientists to make the best use of new and emerging e-science technologies in their research, providing information, training, advice, support and online resources. Also advises on the future strategic direction of e-social science.
ESRC Social Sciences Online 'Research Methods' discussion
Social science research and the Internet: intriguing tangent, or core business? - Christine Hine
Part of the Social Sciences Online: Past, Present and Future virtual event held during the ESRC Social Science Week (20th-24th June 2005) to look at how the internet is changing the face of social science research. Article written by Christine Hine with related discussion postings.
The Oxford Internet Institute
A first point of call for anyone seeking to address the impact of the internet on social life. Resources such as lectures, seminars, conferences and publications cover the most up-to-date thinking in many areas of debate such as gender and racial digital divide - providing an overall context for hands-on online research.
References Related to the Internet & Psychology, Azy Barak, PhD, University of Haifa, Israel
Wide range of references including a comprehensive section on internet research methodology and ethics.
Digital Research Tools (DiRT)
A wiki drawing together information on a wide range of tools and resources that 'can help scholars (particularly in the humanities and social sciences) conduct research more efficiently or creatively'.
Survey Resources Network
The Survey Resources Network is a service funded by the Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC)to co-ordinate and develop ESRC activities related to survey research methods. The aim of the Network is to provide a coherent and integrated approach to the development of skills and knowledge, the dissemination of research findings and research resources, and the promotion of best survey practice.
AOIR - Association of Internet Researchers
The Association of Internet Researchers (AOIR) is an academic association dedicated to the advancement of the cross-disciplinary field of Internet studies. It is a resource and support network promoting critical and scholarly internet research independent from traditional disciplines and existing across academic borders. The association is international in scope.
DGOF - German Society for Online Research
The German Society for Online Research co-hosts the German Online Research Conferences (GOR) and supports activities that serve to advance, and improve the quality of Online Research and Internet Science.
ICA - International Communication Association
An International academic association for scholars interested in the study, teaching, and application of all aspects of human and mediated communication.
Web Survey Methodology
This website aims to provide information on new technologies in data collection, with a focus on web surveys. It includes an extensive bibliography, discussion forum, news and events. The bibliography includes case studies, sampling, non-response, design, incentives and technology. Also includes a selection of articles and guides. The following links are to the more comprehensive guides available. They provide an overview of each subject and include references to to additional resources and, in some cases, to the relevant codes of conduct of market research societies. They are in pdf format and require Adobe Acrobat (link to Adobe Reader).
Guide to incentives:
Guide to Survey Design:
Guide to Choosing Software:
Edinburgh-Southampton Social Psychology Web-lab
Website set up by researchers involved in an ESRC project on gender stereotypes (Prof Constantine Sedikides, University of Southampton; Dr Alison Lenton, University of Edinburgh) in order to carry out the studies connected to the project. Lists current and previous studies carried out by the team alongside links to other collections of online experiments and questionnaires.
How to Put Questionnaires on the Internet, Dr Paul
http://www.flyfishingdevon.co.uk/ salmon/internet_questionnaires/ internet_questionnaires.htm.
An excellent learning module from SALMON (Study and learning Materials online), by Paul Kenyon, formerly of The University of Plymouth, Department of Psychology. Designed to introduce students to the use of the internet for collecting research data. It is related to the particular software and systems in use in the department, but also contains a wealth of general information of use to those aiming to produce online questionnaires in a range of different contexts.
Online survey design guidelines
A collection of tips on design, navigation, accessibility and usability issues collated from key literature in the field, based at the University of Maryland.
Association for Survey Computing
Professional association for Survey Computing in the UK. Includes a searchable database of software for survey creation, administration and analysis.
Lab-United - International Online-Research
The Social Psychology Web-lab.
http://socpsy.psy.ed.ac.uk (Contains links to
listings of online studies).
Online Psychology Research UK
http://www.onlinepsychresearch.co.uk/ (Specifically advertises for participants from the UK).
Evans, J. R. and Mathur, A. (2005) The value
of online surveys, Internet Research, 15, 2, 195- 219.
An examination of the involvement in online surveys of the largest US-based and global market research firms. Provides an extensive list of the services offered as of late 2004.
The WebSM searchable database
http://www.websm.org/index.php ?fl=0&p1=1123 &p2=82&p3=1086 &id=1086
Database of online questionnaire software and services which has entries categorised by type, code, cost, language and country.
The Association for Survey Computing searchable software
Searchable register which includes information about the software it contains such as listings of the features offered and suppliers.
Web-based survey software
Directory of software which can be browsed or accessed using the 'software finder' which allows users to specify the features they require.
The following examples are chosen as being representative of some of the different types of services available as of December 2005. In each case, a range of comparable options may be available.
Bristol Online Surveys
Targeted at institutions requiring the option to have a number of different surveys and survey administrators. Highly customisable to the style needs of institutions including an option to run surveys on their server with an address that appears to be that of the institution.
Provides 'EFS Survey' software which offers relatively advanced features and a high degree of flexibility. Also makes the software available to academic researchers for a nominal fee through unipark providing excellent value for these users where advanced functionality is required.
http://www.surveyconsole.com/ / http://www.questionpro.com/
Both are divisions of the surveyanalytics company and they use the same software and interface, but with different pricing. May offer sponsored use for academic or not-for-profit projects if certain conditions are met. Also offer a range of free resources such as articles and question templates.
Compares well with many of the other available services in terms of features, but is one of the cheapest commercial options.
Relatively expensive, but unusual in that charges are not made per period of use, but per completed survey and email invitation with a minimum of 200.
A range of relatively sophisticated features. targeted at individual researchers or at institutions. Offers academic pricing and free use for academic projects if certain conditions are met. Also has a range of resources such as articles on online questionnaires and copyable templates of questionnaires and questions.
Relatively expensive, but with a wide range of features. Offers both hosting and software only solutions.
Offers pricing for not-for-profit and educational institutions. Also offers a range of research services such as questionnaire administration, panel services and translation.
Searchable repository of open source projects.
Listing of new software releases.
OSS Watch: Top Tips For Selecting Open Source Software
Page from the website of OSS, a JISC-funded open source advisory service. Offers guidance on selecting open source software.
The following are some of the main examples of open source software for online questionnaires (generally the more established and/or sophisticated options). A range of other options may be available.
Designed as a tool for running questionnaires as part of longitudinal studies. Allows respondents' responses to be matched to responses to previous questionnaires while maintaining confidentiality. In early stages of development at the time of writing.
Well-established software with a working demo available allowing the features and user-interface to be tested.
A range of relatively sophisticated features. Well-established with useful documentation. Working demos are available allowing the features and user-interface to be tested.
Well-established with sophisticated features such as dynamic content generation depending on previous answers. Requires the user to learn to use XML syntax particular to the software.
Easy to use and particularly useful for straightforward questionnaires as only the four main types of questions are supported (Multiple choice with radio buttons and Check boxes, and short and long text entry boxes).
The following are some examples of commercial software for online questionnaires. A range of other options are available.
Shareware tool from Bebosoft which can be downloaded for Mac as well as windows. Relatively inexpensive and straightforward to use with clear and extensive documentation and tutorials.
An educational assessment tool which offers many of the key features needed to create basic online questionnaires and has some of the more advanced features such as randomisation of questions and conditional branching. Potentially useful option if the software is available through the researcher's institution.
Relatively inexpensive. Offers 'classic' and 'advanced' versions with different levels of features at different prices. Has a working online demo and a useful example survey which includes comments on the features illustrated by particular questions. Offers a free installation service and free technical support.
Extensive options for mixed-mode surveys, offering a 'core product', Snap Professional, with add-ons for questionnaires via internet and PDAs, and to allow scanning and multiple data entry. Expensive example of 'high-end' options.
Extensive analysis tools including a version offering lexical analysis. Educational and public-sector pricing offered.
The online questionnaire software does not include analysis tools, but it can be purchased alongside the statistics tools offered. Has basic statistical tools or an advanced version allowing multivariate statistical techniques. Technical support and updates are available free for three months, but are chargeable via annual support/maintenance agreements thereafter. A fully-functional version of the software can be downloaded and used for free, limited to 35 respondents for each survey. Download includes tutorials and extensive user guide.
Thinkofit Web Conferencing Guide
An extensive listing of different types of software and services for online communication and collaboration, maintained by David R. Woolley.
Website offering demonstrations of open-source software including discussion board software. Allows users administrative rights to make changes to an installation of the software which are then 'reset' every two hours.
OSS Watch: Top Tips For Selecting Open Source Software
Page from the website of OSS, a JISC-funded open source advisory service. Offers guidance on selecting open source software.
Getting started with HTML
A good basic introduction to HTML from the World Wide Web Consortium. (W3C).
A range of short tutorials designed to help you with specific aspects of web design.
List of HTML tags organised by their function, from W3Schools.
World Wide Web Consortium (W3C) HTML Validator
Enter a link to your web pages or upload a local file to check that your HTML meets web standards and guidelines.
Automatically cleans up HTML to correct any problems caused either by mistakes or automatic production of invalid HTML by web editors.
WC3 Links Checker
Automatically checks for broken links in an HTML document.
Cascading Style Sheets (CSS)
An introduction to Cascading Style Sheets from W3C.
A reference to the properties and possible values that can be applied to different elements of an HTML page from W3Schools. Also offers further information on the use of different properties.
W3Schools CSS Tutorial
Tutorials which include examples and quizzes.
The Worldwide Web Consortium (W3C)'s CSS page
Offers a wealth of information on CSS.
W3C CSS Validator
Makes it possible to check that your CSS meets web standards and guidelines by entering a link to your CSS file, uploading your file from your computer, or pasting your CSS into a text box on the page.
Writing Efficient CSS
A useful article by John Gallant and Holly Bergevin on using CSS 'short hand' properties to reduce the size of CSS files and increase efficiency.
W3C Web Accessibility Initiative guidelines (WAI)
Document which explains how to make Web content accessible to people with disabilities. Includes checkpoints of actions that will improve accessibility and gives each checkpoint a priority rating according to its importance. Also has links to explanations of how the checkpoints can be achieved with HTML and CSS.
A service which simulates the appearance of pages to users with different forms of colour blindness to allow pages to be tested for suitability for colour-blind users.
DEMOS Project - Guide to accessible web pages: User
A guide to making changes to the display of web pages in different browsers.
A Joint Information Systems Committee (JISC)-funded advisory service on accessibility issues in education. Contains useful resources and 'how to' guides on accessibility.
Macromedia (now Adobe)'s Accessibility Resource Center
Offers general guides to accessibility and accessible design as well as specific guidance on how to increase the accessibility of HTML and multi-media produced with Macromedia products such as Dreamweaver and Flash.
Usability news: Wichita State University Software Usability
Newsletter providing a range of articles with information on research into software and website design and usability.
Usable Information Technology
Leading site on usability and user studies by Jacob Neilson.
Offers tables of web-safe colours organised by either hue (colour) or value (lightness). Makes it easier to design appropriate colour schemes.
W3C Browser information
Information on the main browsers available at the time of writing is available on the Worldwide Web Consortium (W3C) website along with statistics on the usage levels of each (though it should be noted that the statistics are based on users of the site and should thus be generally considered to be skewed in favour of more technically proficient users).
Depending on the technology used, the following links may provide a useful source of information, tutorials and examples on how to add server-side validation.
Sklar, C. (2004) Learning PHP.
Sebastapol, CA. O'Reilly.
Chapter 6: Making web forms.
Coggeshall, J. (2005) PHP Unleashed.
Chapter 4: Working with Forms in PHP.
Chapter 5: Advanced Form Techniques.
Microsoft's ASP.NET framework offers a number of ready-made web controls designed to carry out server-side and, where available, Client-side validation of web forms. These include controls that check required fields have been completed, that check that data in particular ranges or patterns has been entered (e.g. in the format of a telephone or credit-card number), and that compare data from one form element for consistency with that from another.
ASP.NET Quickstart tutorials: Validating Form
http://www.asp.net/ QuickStart/aspnet/ doc/validation/default.aspx
A useful tutorial on how these controls work with code examples.
Form Validation with ASP.NET - It Doesn't Get
Another step-by-step guide.
Mitchell, S. (2003) Teach yourself
ASP.NET. Indianapolis. SAMS.
Chapter 12. Validating User Input with Validation Controls.
Walther, S. (2003) ASP.NET. Unleashed.
Chapter 2: Building Forms with Web Server Controls.
Chapter 3: Performing Form Validation with Validation Controls.
Form Validation with Perl/CGI
http://www.elated.com/ tutorials/ programming/ perl_cgi/ form_validation/
An introductory tutorial for adding validation using PERL/CGI.
Guelich, S., Gundavaram, S. and Birznieks, G. (2000) CGI Programming with Perl.
Sebastapol, CA. O'Reilly.
Chapter 4: Forms and CGI;
Chapter 8: Security (available as a sample chapter).
http://www.oreilly.com/ catalog/ cgi2/ toc.html
A good source of information is through the websites of key publishers in the field of web development. These include the following publishers:
These sites offer facilities to search for titles related to particular technologies and also offer sample chapters and articles. They also offer access to Safari Bookshelf, which is one of the most convenient access points for books on these technologies online. It offers searchable access to the titles of these and other key publishers in the field for viewing onscreen or for downloading.
Other publishers which are not included in Safari Bookshop offer similar searchable websites and online access to their catalogues, e.g:
Provides information and tutorials on a range of server-side technologies including ASP, PHP, SQL, and ASP.NET.
General web-design resource. The programming section of the 'How-to library' includes tutorials on ASP, PHP, ColdFusion, and Perl/CGI
Coggeshall, J. (2005) PHP Unleashed. Indianapolis. SAMS.
Kent, A., and Powers, D. (2004) PHP Web development with Macromedia Dreamweaver MX 4557. Berkeley, CA. Apress.
Naramore, E., Gerner, J., Le Scouarnec, Y., Stolz, J. and Glass, M. K. (2005) Beginning PHP5, Apache, and MySQL Web Development. Indianapolis. WROX.
Sklar, D. (2004) Learning PHP. Sebastapol, CA. O'Reilly.
Sklar, D. and Trachtenberg, A. (2003) PHP Cookbook. Sebastapol, CA. O'Reilly.
Ullman, L. (2005) PHP and MySQL for Dynamic Web Sites. Berkeley, CA. Peachpit Press.
Welling, L. and Thomson, L. (2004) PHP and MySQL Web Development. Indianapolis. SAMS.
Zandstra , M. (2005) Teach Yourself PHP in 47 Hours, 2nd Edition. Indianapolis. SAMS.
Offers a wide range of reources on PHP and MySQL including tutorials
An introduction to PHP from the official website which includes a very useful introductory tutorial.
A series of tutorials on how to use PHP and MySQL to create and administer databases.
The resources below refer to ASP.NET which has been designed to supercede ASP. However, at the time of writing ASP remains a commonly-used server-side technology and a wide range of resources are available offering information and tutorials in its use.
Duthie, G. A. and MacDonald, M. (2003) ASP.NET in a Nutshell. Sebastapol, CA. O'Reilly.
Hart, C., Kauffman, J., Sussman, D. and Ullman, C. (2005) Beginning ASP.NET 2.0. Indianapolis. WROX.
Kittel, M. A. and LeBlond, G. T. (2004) ASP.NET Cookbook. Sebastapol, CA. O'Reilly.
Martinez, J. and Parnell, R. (2003) ASP.NET Development with Dreamweaver MX. Berkeley, CA. Peachpit Press.
Mitchell, S. (2003) Teach yourself ASP.NET. Indianapolis. SAMS.
Walther, S. (2003) ASP.NET. Unleashed. Indianapolis. SAMS.
ASP.NET Quickstart Tutorial
http://www.asp.net/ QuickStart/aspnet/ Default.aspx
Detailed tutorials on using ASP.NET including information on how ASP.NET controls are used with code examples.
4 Guys from Rolla
Searchable resource with articles and tutorials on specific aspects of ASP.NET.
Colburn, R. (2003) Teach yourself CGI. Indianapolis. SAMS.
Guelich, S., Gundavaram, S. and Birznieks, G. (2000) CGI Programming with Perl. Sebastapol, CA. O'Reilly.
CGI Programming 101
Tutorials aimed at beginners with information on how to set up a development environment using CGI/PERL and how to process forms and write data to files.
CGI Made Really Easy - or, Writing CGI scripts
to process Web forms
Basic introduction to collecting and formatting information from forms.
Tutorials covering a basic introduction to CGI programming with PERL along with issues such as validation and emailing.
Brooks-Bilson, R. (2003) Programming ColdFusion MX. Sebastapol, CA. O'Reilly.
Camden, R., Chalnick, L., Buraglia, A. C. and Forta, B. (2005) Macromedia ColdFusion MX 7 Web Application Construction Kit. Berkeley, CA. Macromedia Press.
DeHaan, J. (2004) ColdFusion Web Development with Macromedia Dreamweaver MX 4557. Berkeley, CA. Apress.
Mohnike, C. (2003) Teach Yourself Macromedia ColdFusion in 21 Days. Indianapolis. SAMS.
Macromedia's Support Centre for ColdFusion -
http://www.macromedia.com/ support/coldfusion/ tutorial_index.html
A wide range of tutorials. Part of the ColdFusion Support Center which includes resources, technical notes and a forum.
Bergsten, H. (2003) JavaServer Pages, Third Edition. Sebastapol, CA. O'Reilly.
Brunner, R. (2003) JSP: A Practical Guide for Programmers. San Fransisco, CA. Morgan Kaufmann Publishers.
Holzner, S. (2002) Teach Yourself JavaServer Pages in 21 Days. Indianapolis. SAMS.
Perry, B. W. (2004) Java Servlet & JSP Cookbook. Sebastapol, CA. O'Reilly.
Caucho JSP Tutorials
Covers topics including form processing and emailing form contents.
Many academic and professional research organisations publish codes of conduct which cover key points of legislation.
Some examples include:
American Psychological Association.
American Political Science Association.
Association for Computing Machinery (US).
Association for Practical and Professional Ethics (US).
British Computer Society: Handbook of Ethics for Health Informatics
British Educational Research Association: Research guidelines.
British Medical Association.
British Psychological Society. Code of Ethics and Conduct (applicable from 31 March 2006 onwards)
Economic and Social Research Council: Research Ethics Framework
The RESPECT project. Funded by the European Commission’s
Information Society Technologies (IST) Programme to draw up professional
and ethical guidelines for the conduct of socio-economic research.
The Center for the Study of Ethics in the Professions at Illinois
Institute of Technology also has vast collection of codes of ethics,
organized by professional category. Many of the categories include
examples from places other than the UK and US.
The British Psychological Society (2007) Conducting Research on the Internet.
supplementary guidance document to the BPS Code of Ethics and Conduct, focusing on additional ethical and practice issues inherent in internet mediated research.
Bruckman, A. (2002a) Ethical Guidelines for Research
Ess, C. and AoIR Ethics Working Committee (2002)
Ethical decision-making and internet research: recommendations form
the AoIR ethics working committee.
National Committee for Research Ethics in the Social sciences
and the Humanities (NESH), Norway. Research ethics guidelines
for internet research.
http://www.etikkom.no/ English/ Publications/ internet03/.
American Association for the Advancement of Science.
Ethical and Legal Aspects of Human Subjects Research in Cyberspace.
Suler, J. (2000) Ethics in cyberspace research.
Internet research ethics. Papers from a panel
presentation organized for the Computer Ethics: Philosophical Enquiries
(CEPE) conference held at Lancaster University, December 14-16,
Hill M. L., King, C. B., Eckert-Denver, C., Gibson, E.,
Pankoff, B. and Rice, T. (2004) The Ethics of Online Research:
Issues, Guidelines and Practical Solutions.
Research Methods Festival 2008 - Session 35: e-Research Ethics in the Social Sciences
Powerpoint presentations from the 2008 Festival sessions on online research ethics.
Online Research Methods Ethics Mailing List.
To subscribe email email@example.com and place in the message body 'subscribe online-research-ethics'.
The Association of Internet Researchers -A(o)IR - Ethics
Webspace of the AOIR Working Group established to formulate a set of values that all internet researchers should uphold when research involves humans.
The Information Ethics Group, Oxford University Computing
http://web.comlab.ox.ac.uk/ oucl/research/ areas/ieg/.
Webspace of a research group focusing on the Philosophy of Information and, in particular, the conceptual foundations of Computer Ethics.
The International Center for Information Ethics.
An academic website set up as a platform for exchanging information about worldwide teaching and research in information ethics.
MediaMOO Symposium: The Ethics of Research in Virtual Communities.
Log of the symposium held on January 20th, 1997, as part of MediaMOO's fourth birthday celebration to discuss ethical issues raised by doing research in virtual communities.
The Confidentiality And PRIvacy group (CAPRI).
Webspace of CAPRI, University of Manchester, UK - a multidisciplinary team of researchers set up to investigate the confidentiality and privacy issues that arise from the collection, dissemination and analysis of data.
The ETHICS website.
Web pages produced by the ETHICS Project, a one year initiative funded by the LTSN (now the Higher Education Academy). Aims to provide a useful resource for new teachers of ethics looking for ideas on course development, and also for experienced ethicists for whom it provides a 'snapshot' of current teaching and learning priorities.
The Online Research Ethics Course.
http://ori.hhs.gov/education/ products/montana_round1/ research_ethics.html.
Online course developed through the Practical Ethics Center at the University of Montana with Office of Research Integrity (ORI) support during the 2002-03 academic year.
Digital Divide Network.
An online community for educators, activists, policy makers and concerned citizens working to bridge the digital divide. Users can build their own online community, publish a blog, share documents and discussions with colleagues, and post news, events and articles.
An international non-profit organisation that promotes the effective use of ICT in the developing world to reduce poverty and improve people's lives.
The World Internet Project.
A project which originated at the University of California, Los Angeles Center for Communication Policy and which has set out to investigate and document the impact of the spread of internet usage.
A series of magazines in which decision makers in the telecommunications and information technology sectors discuss their opinions about the impact of these technologies upon Global and regional development.
BBC News: Special report on the digital divide.
http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/ special_report/ 1999/10/99/ information_rich_information_poor/ 466651.stm.
Series of news articles and related links from 1999. Includes case studies about Burkina Faso, Mongolia, Morocco and the United States.
Information Technologies and International Development
Journal focusing on the intersection of information and communication technologies (ICT) with international development.
World Summit on the Information Society
Website reporting on the World Summit on the Information Society (WSIS), the first phase of which took place in Geneva hosted by the Government of Switzerland from 10 to 12 December 2003. The second phase took place in Tunis hosted by the Government of Tunisia, from 16 to 18 November 2005.
id21 viewpoints: World Summit on the Information Society.
What did it achieve for ICTs and Development? What did it ignore?
http://www.id21.org/ viewpoints/ WSISNov05.html.
Reflections from Richard Heeks of the University of Manchester on the 2005 World Summit on the Information Society (WSIS).
Cyber-Rights and Cyber-Liberties
A non-profit civil liberties organisation which aims to promote free speech and privacy on the internet.
Internet Law and Policy Reform
An international nonprofit organization dedicated to the sustainable global development of the internet through legal and public policy initiatives.
Lawrence Lessig (Stanford Law School)
Home page of the author of Code and Other Laws of Cyberspace. Contains news on issues such as copyright on the internet of relevance to Lessig's work.
The Council of Europe. Convention on Cybercrime
http://conventions.coe.int/ Treaty/Commun/ ListeTraites.asp? MA=49&CM=7&CL=ENG
Provides the full text of the Council of Europe's convention on cybercrime including the additional protocol on rascist acts. Provides explanatory reports and summaries.
UK Information commissioner's site
Website of the independent official appointed by the Crown to oversee the Data Protection Act 1998 and the Freedom of Information Act 2000. Contains a range of information about UK legislation on these issues.
European Commission Privacy on the Internet- An Integrated
EU Approach to online data Protection
A general site by the European Commission that deals with data protection issues.
Joint Information Systems Committee (JISC): Data protection
A range of data protection resources including a code of practice and a briefing paper.
The University of Essex: Data protection webpages
Comprehensive information about the University's data protection policies, including background information and links.
Lancaster University: Data Protection Project 2000-01
A website aiming to provide a guide to Higher Education Institutions in the UK in complying with the Data Protection Act 1998.
Psychological Research on the Net
Extensive list of online experiements organised chronologically by general topic area.
Social Psychology Network
List of online experiements maintained by Scott Plous of the Wesleyan University, USA.
The Social Psychology Web-lab
Website of the Edinburgh-Southampton Social Psychology Web lab which has links to experiments run by the lab itself along with links to listings of online studies.
Online Psychology Research UK
List of experiments which specifically advertises for participants from the UK.
The Web Experiment List
List of online experiments maintained by Ulf-Dietrich Reips. Also has links to publications by Reips.
The Web Experimental Psychology Lab
http://www.psychologie.unizh.ch/ sowi/Ulf/Lab/ WebExpPsyLab.html
List of online experiments along with an outline of the history of online experiments and a discussion of their use. Also maintained by Ulf-Dietrich Reips.
A free web-based tool that allows users to design and visualize laboratory experiments and web experiments in a guided step-by-step process.
Birnbaum, M. H. (Ed.) (2000) Psychological
Experiments on the Internet. San
Diego. Academic Press.
Publisher's website: http://books.elsevier.com/
Introduction to the book from the 'Phychexperiments' website at the University of Mississippi.
Mathy, R. M., Kerr, D. L., and Haydin, B. M. (2003)
Methodological rigor and ethical considerations in Internet-mediated
research. Psychotherapy: Theory, Research, Practice,
Training, 40, 77-85.
Journal link: http://www.apa.org/journals/pst/
Nosek, B. A., Banaji, M. R., and Greenwald, A. G.
(2002) E-research: Ethics, security, design, and control
in psychological research on the Internet. Journal of Social
Issues, 58, 1, 161-176.
Journal link: http://www.blackwell-synergy.com/ doi/abs/10.1111/ 1540-4560.00254
Reips, U-D. (2002) Internet-based psychological
experimenting: Five dos and five don'ts. Social Science
Computer Review, 20, 3, 241-249.
Journal link: http://ssc.sagepub.com/cgi/content/abstract/20/3/241
Reips, U-D. (2002) Standards for Internet-based
experimenting. Experimental Psychology, 49, 4, 243-256.
Journal link: http://www.psyjournals.com/ content/e8l1777212686570/? p=be4836914f4648e185034029a4f109e5&pi=1
Social Science Information Gateway - Research Methods
http://www.sosig.ac.uk/roads /subject-listing/ World-cat/meth.html.
Links to a wide range of resources related to qualitative and quantitative research methods.
The Web Center for Social Research Methods
A site based at Cornell University including a 'Knowledge Base' - an online hypertext textbook on applied social research methods including defining a research question, sampling, measurement, research design and data analysis. Also includes an online statistical advisor and research methods tutorials.
Research Methods Resources on the WWW
Site maintained by Mary Sue Stephenson of the School of Library, Archival and Information Studies at the University of British Columbia. Contains links to a wide range of resources connected to different areas of research methods.
An ESRC-funded set of training support materials which address common problems (both early and advanced) of using Qualitative Data Analysis (QDA) methods and selected Computer Assisted Qualitative Data AnalysiS (CAQDAS) packages.
Resources for Evaluation and Social Research Methods
This site links to online books, manuals and guides about evaluation and social research methods, such as surveys, observations, and others. There are also links to sites about data quality, statistical analysis, presenting statistical analysis, and free software such as statistical software, office suites, spreadsheets and more.
Research Methods and Statistics Arena
Collection of resources on Research Methods and Statistics. Includes books and journal article listings, RSS feeds of the latest available books, conference listings, blog posts and discussions.
Methods for Social Researchers in Developing Countries
A free Web-based course on social research methods written especially for students and staff in developing countries, but would also be useful for anyone attempting a research project for the first time. The website is sponsored by the Sudan-American Foundation for Education, Inc. and the Ahfad University for Women in Sudan and has been created by Dr Lee Burchinal. The content of the site is based on a book produced by the Ahfad University and covers all aspects of conducting a research project, including learning to think like a researcher, choosing a question and a research design, collecting and analysing data and reporting results. The site also contains a useful glossary, an extensive page of links and a relevant bibliography. A Help tutorial is also provided for Internet novices.
An academic research programme investigating the impact of the internet on society.
World Internet Usage Statistics
Estimates of the number of internet users in different areas of the world.
For people involved in mobile research or with an interest in mobile technology.