Imgur and Reddit begin collaboration for scientific research

Aug

18

2014

Scientists can access the data from several major news sites like Reddit and Imgur image hoster. To provide that data to the websites cooperation started under the name Digital Ecologies Research Partnership.

At the Digital Ecologies Research Partnership, known Derp does five sites along. It is Imgur, Reddit, Fark, Stack Exchange and Twitch. They maintain data available at universities such as Harvard, MIT and McGill, which include doing research on the social aspects of the sites. Other universities are free to join. Derp with

With Derp try to solve the participating websites. Two problem areas within the academic field of First, they want the partnership provide a single contact point for researchers who want to study, so they do not have to turn to for data. Separately at each site the sites In addition, this point should also make it easier to simultaneously perform. Same study at the various sites

The companies behind Derp emphasize that scientists are facilitated when they take particular account of the privacy of users and ‘responsible approach’ with the gathered information only. In addition, the results should be made public and distributed freely. Finally, sites like Imgur and Reddit could add any privacy rules.

Incidentally, it is not that the data of example Imgur and Reddit are accessible only via Derp. In most cases, the data will be also be obtained by means of the APIs. “We just believe there is a better way to do it, in a way that the privacy and responsible use of data are respected research,” says Tim Hwang of Imgur told The Guardian.

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