This page collects news, thoughts, ideas and events related to 21st century video data.

Fake videos and how to detect them

A CNN article highlights how to distinguish deep fake videos from realones. They suggest checking for specific natural details, spottingpotential mismatches, and watching out for clues in the behaviour of theperson filmed or background. This can offer interesting insights for VDA researchers who use “ready-made” video data from online sources (i.e., video data they did …

Policing and crowd dynamics: An NYT visual investigation

The New York Times conducted a visual investigation on police use of force during a protest in Philadelphia in June 2020. The reporters use overhead video footage, numerous recordings from mobile phones on the ground, the video of a police car dash cam, area maps, interviews with protesters, and police documents. The visual investigation nicely …

Newsday documentary films interactions with Long Island real estate agents

Newsday published an investagation into racial discrimination in the housing market. They trained 25 undercover testers, who interacted with 93 real estate agents and secretly recorded 240 hours of meetings. The investigation is not only an indictment of unfair practices in the housing market, it shows interesting new ways to gather observational data in real-life …

The New jersey families study – a potential data source for research on education, learning, and child development

This may be an interesting study for people working on education, learning, and child development: A team at Princeton collected video and survey data from over 20 families in New Jersey, filming interactions in their homes over a two-week period. As we understand, the data will eventually be accessible for other researchers. If you are …

New Journal dedicated to the VIDEO-BASED study of social interaction

We recently learned about a relatively new journal, Social Interaction. Video-based Studies of Human Sociality. We have not yet published with this journal, but it may be a potential destination for publishing some types of VDA research. The journal also looks like a great resource for insights into video-based research. For instance, in a recent …

VDA YouTube channel launched

The new VDA YouTube channel features interdisciplinary research talks on novel (qualitative and quantitative) ways to use video data in the social sciences. It includes talks by sociologists, education researchers, computer scientists, psychologists, criminologists and others. We will keep adding new videos and talks in the future, so keep checking in!

Video Surveillance Footage Shows How Rare Violence Really Is (Oxford University Press’s Academic Insights for the Thinking World, OUPblog).

Today videos from closed-circuit television, body cameras, police dash cameras, or mobile phones are increasingly used to capture violent events. Yet, examining footage of violent situations – from the very cameras set up because we believe that violence lurks around every corner – shows how rare violence really is. Continue reading.

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