May 31 to June 26, 2020 | Kadir Has University | Virtual event

Schedule & Materials

All times are local Istanbul Time and All program will be Zoom-based.
Pre-SICSS Period: Tasks and Dinner Talks
  • Pre-SICSS Tasks
    Theory and practise rarely meet in the real world. Therefore instead of writing tutorials which are long, fancy and full with nice codes, we are going to suggest three introductory guides and two abstract case studies, and provide guidance every week till SICSS via zoom and Slack. The tasks cover data collection, cleaning and reporting. We are leaving the analysis to SICSS weeks.

  • Dinner Talks
    While working Pre-SICSS tasks, informal small group dinner talks will be organized to share our experiences, discuss on project ideas, talk about SICSS materials, and chat on participant’s questions.

Sunday May 31, 2020 - Introduction to Pre-SICSS Period
  • 3:00pm

    Meet and Introduce Pre-SICSS Tasks

Tuesday June 2, 2020 - Work on Pre-SICSS Tasks and Dinner Talks
  • 7:30pm

    Small Group Dinner Talks (Optional)

Friday June 5, 2020 - Work on Pre-SICSS Tasks and Dinner Talks
  • 7:30pm

    Small Group Dinner Talks (Optional)

Tuesday June 9, 2020 - Work on Pre-SICSS Tasks and Dinner Talks
  • 7:30pm

    Small Group Dinner Talks (Optional)

Friday June 12, 2020 - Work on Pre-SICSS Tasks and Dinner Talks
  • 7:30pm

    Small Group Dinner Talks (Optional)

Sunday June 14, 2020 - Group Formation and Evaluation of Pre-SICSS Tasks
  • 3:00pm

    Closing Pre-SICSS and Whole Group Meeting

SICSS-Istanbul First Week: Discussions and Tutorials
  • Discussion Sessions
    SICSS Learning materials will be covered during the discussion sessions. Participants will be expected to watch the relevant vidoes on the website before coming to the discussion session. Relevant links can be found on the schedule. The aim is to underline important points in the materials, to discuss participant’s questions and to prepare participants for Tutorial sessions.

  • Tutorial Sessions
    After the discussion sessions, our Lecturers will organize tutorial sessions in which Participants will gain hands-on experience on different methods and will have an opportunity to see how to design a research in computational social science.

Monday June 15, 2020 - Ethics and Computational Social Science
Tuesday June 16, 2020 - Digital Trace Data
Wednesday June 17, 2020 - Digital Surveys and Mass Collaboration
Thursday June 18, 2020 - Automated Text Analysis
Friday June 19, 2020 - Social Network Analysis
Saturday June 20, 2020 - Computational Simulation and Agent-based Model
Sunday June 21, 2020 - Day Off
SICSS-Istanbul Second Week: Projects and Alumni Talks
  • Projects
    This week will be only devoted to work on group projects or individual projects. Participants will be expected to report their progressions every morning and to present their results at the end of the week.

  • Alumni Talks
    During the alumni talks, Participants from last year will talk about their ongoing projects and will share their experiences during and after SICSS-Istanbul.

  • SICSS Festival
    Additonal to SICSS-Istanbul Alumni talks, SICSS-Duke will organize The SICSS Festival in which alumni from all SICSS locations are hosting events such as tutorials, panel discussions, or debates. The only requirement to participate SICSS-Festival is filling the registration form. Detailed information can be found in its website. SICSS-Istanbul participants can find transformed times in this schedule.

Monday June 22, 2020 - Work on Group Projects and Alumni Talks
Tuesday June 23, 2020 - Work on Group Projects and Alumni Talks
Wednesday June 24, 2020 - Work on Group Projects and Alumni Talks
  • 3:30pm

    Coffee and Alumni Talk with Asik, G., Kurnaz, A.

  • 4:30pm

    Group Project Discussions (Optional)

  • 5:00pm

    Tutorial Session: R Markdown by Ahmet Kurnaz

Thursday June 25, 2020 - Work on Group Projects and Alumni Talks
Friday June 26, 2020 - Present Group Projects
  • 2:00pm


  • Economic Policy Discussions at a Glance: Textual Analysis of Economy News During Pre and Post- Covid-19
    In this project, we examined how the discussion about monetary and fiscal policies is framed by the media with respect to pre- and post- Covid-19 period. We collected data from publicly available and globally known newspapers with a focus on 1-year period by using web scraping techniques. We made word clouds and sentiment analysis among descriptive statistics as preliminary findings. Then, we applied STM and derived some words to apply dictionary analysis. We applied a difference-in-differences (DID) model to the panel data we got. by Cansu Başak, Efe Başlar, F. Saliha Taşpınar, Martin Llada, Osman Gökçe

  • Turkish Twitter-sphere during Pandemic: Public Opinion Change
    This study has been established to determine the effect of the COVID-19 virus, on the agenda of Turkish-speaking Twitter users. In this project, We have used the COVID-19 Twitter Database: Turkey Sample which is the first study to analyse the change in Turkish Twitter-sphere during the pandemic. Around 4.5 million Turkish tweets collected before and after the official announcement of the first coronavirus case in Turkey, 11 March 2020. We will identify bot users and news agencies in the dataset and classify users as real person, bot, and news agency. With the quantitative text analysis techniques, We describe public opinion change. We will investigate how bots behave during pandemic as well as the real users’ and bot users’ interaction through social network analysis. We will look at the agenda setting techniques of news agencies by using quantitative text analysis methods. by Burak Özturan, Betül Özturan

  • A typology of fact-checking organizations in Turkey
    Using Twitter data, we analyzed 6 fact-checking organizations in Turkey. We classified Turkish fact-checking ecosystem by using Quantitative Text Analysis, Network Analysis, and Structural Topic Modelling. Our results reveal the fragmented and diverse structure of fact-checking organizations in Turkey. by Enes Abanoz, Ezgi Siir Kibris, Sadettin Demirel, Tekin Baykiz

  • Examining On-Line Radical Discourse in Civil War Context, The Case of Salafi Madkhalies Discourse in the Libyan Civil War on Twitter
    This research is exploratory in nature and considered to be a pilot study for further inquiries. It aims to examine the discourse and narrative of the Salafi Madkhalies in the social media, in the context of Libyan ongoing civil war. by Leo Bauer & Bilal Salaymeh

  • Analyzing Covid-19 in Moroccan Newspapers
    In our project we investigate the stakeholders that were involved in fighting the corona-virus in Morocco. We collect Moroccan news papers from several websites. Then we use natural language processing to detect and define entities that were involved in fighting the pandemic in Morocco. by Ibtissam Makdoun and Imane Khaouja

  • Cyber Operations against Australia and Attribution on Twitter
    This presentation addresses the problem of attribution of cyber operations. It focuses on the recent cyber attacks against Australia as a case study. The study shows that, although Australian state officials did not name the actor behind the attacks, China emerged as the main culprit, at least in the eyes of the Twitter users. The main conclusion is that the public attribution of cyber attacks is possible even in the absence of hard evidence. by Ozan Ahmet Cetin

  • Sentiment Analysis of Mentions of “Venezuelan” in Peruvian Newspapers from 2016-2019
    by Kyle Beattie

  • 4:00pm

    After Party (small breakout rooms)

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