Big data in social welfare: the development of a critical perspective on social work’s latest "Electronic Turn"

Gillingham, Philip and Graham, Timothy (2016) Big data in social welfare: the development of a critical perspective on social work’s latest "Electronic Turn". Australian Social Work, 1-13. doi:10.1080/0312407X.2015.1134606


Author Gillingham, Philip
Graham, Timothy
Title Big data in social welfare: the development of a critical perspective on social work’s latest "Electronic Turn"
Journal name Australian Social Work   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 0312-407X
1447-0748
Publication date 2016-03-16
Year available 2016
Sub-type Article (original research)
DOI 10.1080/0312407X.2015.1134606
Open Access Status Not Open Access
Start page 1
End page 13
Total pages 13
Place of publication Melbourne, VIC, Australia
Publisher Routledge
Collection year 2017
Language eng
Abstract “Big data” initiatives that aim to bring together and mine data from multiple databases across government and non-government agencies promise new insights into the delivery of social services. However, as debates in other disciplines have shown, big data poses challenges as well as opportunities. This article provides an overview of the ethical issues in relation to big data, which extends into an examination of the practice issues for big data applied to the social welfare sector. In particular, the claims for objectivity made for big data are problematised through an exploration of what data are available in social welfare and the processes of big data collection and analysis, which are different from, but related to, data integrity. The aim is to stimulate debate within the sector in order to contribute to the development of a critical, cautious, but open approach to social work's latest “electronic turn”.
Keyword Big data
Data analytics
Social work
Q-Index Code C1
Q-Index Status Provisional Code
Institutional Status UQ

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Created: Thu, 17 Mar 2016, 16:00:16 EST by Philip Gillingham on behalf of School of Nursing, Midwifery and Social Work