PRISONER – Framework for Running Ethical and Reproducible Social Network Experiments
Consent goes beyond signing a form. PRISONER helps you run studies which communicate clearly to participants how your experiment handles their data, and has built-in support for minimising and sanitising their data. Automatically generate meaningful consent forms and supporting documentation for IRB approval, and help us raise the standard of social network research. Collecting data from social network sites is easy. Doing this in a way others can reproduce tomorrow, or in five years, is hard. PRISONER helps you archive and share your experimental workflows and data. Sharing is caring, and it helps your work get the citations it deserves. PRISONER is free and open source. We currently support Facebook, Twitter, and Last.fm, but it’s easy to add support for other social network sites. Support the community by contributing support for other services, more privacy-preserving transformations, and other extensions to the framework. PRISONER is a project of researchers at the School of Computer Science at the University of St Andrews, supported by the EPSRC. This has been added to the tools section of Research Resources Subject Tracer™ Information Blog.