Scott A. Hale is a Senior Data Scientist analysing large-scale data using techniques from computer science and other fields to answer social science questions. He has particular interests in human-computer interaction, collective action, and bilingualism.

email: scott.hale@oii.ox.ac.uk

Scott A. Hale is a Senior Data Scientist at the OII and a Faculty Fellow of the Turing Institute. He develops and applies techniques from computer science to research questions in the social sciences. He is particularly interested in the area of human-computer interaction and the spread of information between speakers of different languages online and the roles of bilingual Internet users. He is also interested in collective action and politics more generally.

Scott manages the Oxford Experimental Laboratory (OxLab), which runs economic and political science laboratory and field experiments to investigate the effect of different information environments on collective action and the impact of different types of government provision on citizens’ information seeking behaviour.

Scott graduated with degrees in Computer Science, Mathematics, and Spanish from Eckerd College, FL, USA. During his time at Eckerd, he published computer science research in the area of image processing while working on a larger research project called Darwin. After graduating, he worked in Okinawa, Japan, at the Okinawa Prefectural Education Centre with public school teachers to develop English immersion curricula and with IT professionals to deliver continuing education training through the Internet to staff members and students on outlying islands. He came to the OII as a master’s candidate in October 2009 and subsequently began his DPhil (PhD) at the OII in October 2010. His DPhil research concentrated on how the design of social media platforms affects the amount of information shared across language divides.

Selected Publications

Margetts, H., John, P., Hale, S., and Yasseri, T. (2015) Political Turbulence: How Social Media Shape Collective Action. Princeton University Press.

Hale, S.A. (2014) Global Connectivity and Multilinguals in the Twitter Network. In Proceedings of the 32nd International Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems, CHI’14, ACM.

Hale, S.A. (2014) Multilinguals and Wikipedia Editing. In Proceedings of the 2014 ACM conference on Web science (WebSci ’14). ACM.

Hale, S. A. (2012) Net Increase? Cross-lingual Linking in the Blogosphere. Journal of Computer Mediated Communication.

Research interests

Human-Computer Interaction (HCI), information diffusion, social network analysis (SNA), large-scale data, experiments, visualization, complex systems

Positions held at the OII

  • Senior Data Scientist, June 2016 –
  • Data Scientist, January 2015 – May 2016
  • DPhil Student, October 2010 – January 2015
  • Research Assistant, May 2010 – December 2014
  • MSc Student, October 2009 – August 2010

Latest blog posts

  • Visualizing network data

    Date Published: 11 April 2016 - 3:07 am

    Authors: Scott A. Hale

    Released in 2012, the sigma.js plugin for Gephi allows for the interactive display of network data in a web browser using open-source technologies, principally [...]

  • Multilingualism research featured in The Guardian

    Date Published: 28 May 2015 - 4:36 pm

    Authors: Scott A. Hale

    A recent article in the Guardian newspaper by Holly Yong surveys much research about online language divides, including my work on multilingualism and cross-language [...]

  • Design for multilinguals: Seemingly simple yet often missed

    Date Published: 27 April 2014 - 2:47 pm

    Authors: Scott A. Hale

    As I prepare my slides for CHI 2014, I’m struck by one implication I give for the research I will present on language and [...]

Current projects

  • NEXUS: Real Time Data Fusion and Network Analysis for Urban Systems

    Participants: Dr Scott A. Hale, Dr Jonathan Bright, Dr Graham McNeill

    Mining human mobility and migration patterns from social media and industry data sources as well as visualizing geo-temporal network data interactively with HTML5.

  • Human Translation of User-Generated Content

    Participants: Dr Scott A. Hale

    Understanding what translation rating/voting systems work best for human, crowd-sourced translation and the optimal display of translated content.

  • Gorongosa Webcam

    Participants: Dr Scott A. Hale, Dr Taha Yasseri, Dr Ruth Olimpia García Gavilanes, Dr Milena Tsvetkova, Professor Chris Lintott, Dr Ali Swanson

    The aim of this project is to conduct research in innovative citizen science, building on existing work by both the Oxford Internet Institute and by the Zooniverse team in the Department of Physics.

  • Elections and the Internet

    Participants: Professor Helen Margetts, Dr Scott A. Hale, Dr Taha Yasseri, Dr Jonathan Bright

    This site collects elections research at the OII. We are interested in exploring the extent to which data from the social web can be used to predict interesting social and political phenomena, especially elections.

  • Wikipedia’s Networks and Geographies: Representation and Power in Peer-Produced Content

    Participants: Dr Han-Teng Liao, Dr Bernie Hogan, Professor Mark Graham, Dr Scott A. Hale, Dr Heather Ford

    This project brings together OII research fellows and doctoral students to shed light on the incorporation of new users and information into the Wikipedia community.

  • OXLab: Oxford eXperimental Laboratory

    Participants: Professor Helen Margetts, Dr Tobias Escher, Dr Nir Vulkan, Dr Scott A. Hale, Ingrid Boxall, Professor Peter John, Lucy Bartlett

    Oxford eXperimental Laboratory is undertaking laboratory-based experiments (eg information-seeking tasks) on networked computers in two disciplines: Economics (interactive decision making) and Political Science (evaluating government information online).

  • Government on the Web

    Participants: Professor Helen Margetts, Dr Tobias Escher, Dr Scott A. Hale, Simon Bastow, Professor Patrick Dunleavy, Oliver Pearce, Jane Tinkler

    Research dedicated to improving knowledge and understanding of e-government and the impact of web-based technologies on government.

Past projects

Books

  • Margetts, H., John, P., Hale, S. and Yasseri, T. (2015) Political Turbulence How Social Media Shape Collective Action. Princeton University Press.

Conference papers

Journal articles

Reports

  • Park, S., Kim, S., Hale, S.A., Kim, S., Byun, J. and Oh, A. (2015) Multilingual Wikipedia: Editors of primary language contribute to more complex articles.
  • Bright, J.M., Margetts, H., Hale, S. and Yasseri, T. (2014) "The use of social media for research and analysis: a feasibility study" In: Report of research carried out by the Oxford Internet Institute on behalf of the Department for Work and Pensions. Department for Work and Pensions.
  • Margetts, H.Z., John, P., Reissfelder, S. and Hale, S. (2012) Social influence and collective action: an experiment investigating the effects of visibility and social information moderated by personality.
  • Oostveen, A., Meyer, E., Cobo, J., Hjorth, I., Reisdorf, B., Papoutsi, C., Power, L., Abdel-Sattar, N., Hale, S. and Waldburger, M. (2011) First Year Report on Scientific Workshop. SESERV Deliverable D1.2, Socio-Economic Services for European Research Projects FP7-2010-ICT-258138-CSA..
  • Graham, M., Hale, S. and Stephens, M. (2011) Geographies of the World's Knowledge. London.
  • Oostveen, A., Meyer, E., Cobo, C., Hjorth, I., Reisdorf, B., Papoutsi, C., Power, L., Abdel-Sattar, N., Hale, S. and Waldburger, M. (2011) First year report on scientific workshop, SESERV Deliverable D1.2, Socio-Economic Services for European Research Projects FP7-2010-ICT-258138-CSA.
  • Hale, S. (2008) A New Approach to Unsupervised Thresholding for Automatic Extraction of Dolphin Dorsal Fin Outlines from Digital Photographs in DARWIN. The Eckerd Scholar 2008. Eckerd College.
  • Accessing Research Data from the Social Web

    This course teaches the essentials of programming in Python, the language of choice in the growing field of computational social science.

  • Information Visualization

    This course aims to provide students with the skills to take advantage of visualization tools and data, through an introduction to information visualization theory, as well as basic practical skills in creating effective visuals.

  • How Much Interaction Is There Between Wikipedia’s Language Editions?

    Recorded: 15 January 2016

    Duration: 00:15:01

    Presentation on Scott Hale's Wikipedia research, on the occasion of Wikipedia's 15th Birthday.

  • Modelling the Rise in Internet-based Petitions

    Recorded: 8 November 2013

    Duration: 00:17:39

    The launch of online government petition platforms allows for the passive study of all petitions to government. Scott Hale gives a brief overview of OII findings related to three government petition platforms and the future directions being pursued.

  • Quantitative Methods in Social Media Research: Data Visualization

    Recorded: 26 September 2012

    Duration: 00:10:55

    Scott Hale discusses visualisation during a seminar on quantitative methods in social media research held at the OII on 26 September 2012. How can we visualise data collected by social media? How does visualisation relate to statistical analysis?

  • Visualizing network data

    11 April 2016

    Authors: Scott A. Hale

    Released in 2012, the sigma.js plugin for Gephi allows for the interactive display of network data in a web browser using open-source technologies, principally [...]

  • Multilingualism research featured in The Guardian

    28 May 2015

    Authors: Scott A. Hale

    A recent article in the Guardian newspaper by Holly Yong surveys much research about online language divides, including my work on multilingualism and cross-language [...]

  • Design for multilinguals: Seemingly simple yet often missed

    27 April 2014

    Authors: Scott A. Hale

    As I prepare my slides for CHI 2014, I’m struck by one implication I give for the research I will present on language and [...]

  • Interactive map of Twitter mentions in geotagged tweets

    12 January 2013

    Authors: Scott A. Hale

    I recently had the pleasure of building my first interactive map visualization using Leaflet with Joshua R. Melville and the Floatingsheep team, who have [...]

  • Interactive Maps

    5 November 2012

    Authors: Scott A. Hale

    Update: 6 November 2012 – US map featured in the Guardian. I’ve not blogged for a while on this site, because I’ve been doing [...]

  • Language Bubbles

    3 September 2012

    Authors: Scott A. Hale

    Eli Pariser has raised awareness that personalization algorithms play in filtering and ranking results on the web. I think this work is very important, [...]

  • Recent contacts working on cross-language problems

    13 July 2012

    Authors: Scott A. Hale

    I’ve recently been able to meet some spectacular individuals who are working on various aspects of cross-language communication. This blog post won’t to justice [...]

  • Need your vote (if .ac.uk email)! — Interactive visualization development

    23 March 2012

    Authors: Scott A. Hale

    Update: 25 June 2012 The project has been choosen by JISC to receive funding. Further information on the project and status updates will be [...]

  • Two new publications, new research project, looking to hire

    26 February 2012

    Authors: Scott A. Hale

    A lot has happened since my last post, and the selected publications page has been updated to reflect this. I am very pleased to [...]

  • Collection of Graphics on Language and the Internet

    4 November 2011

    Authors: Scott A. Hale

    Update (Nov. 2014): I’ve recently published two papers examining users who contribute content in multiple languages online. Please see Multilinguals and Wikipedia Editing and [...]

  • Wikipedia coverage by langauge

    17 October 2011

    Authors: Scott A. Hale

    Update (November 2014): I’ve recently published a related paper examining how many users edit multiple language editions of Wikipedia and how these multilingual users [...]

  • Visualizing English, Spanish, Japanese in the blogosphere

    14 April 2011

    Authors: Scott A. Hale

    Update (Feb. 2012): The paper is now published and freely available from the Journal of Computer-Mediated Communication: http://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1111/j.1083-6101.2011.01568.x/full. Update (Dec. 2011): The full paper [...]

  • Translating Twitter

    29 March 2011

    Authors: Scott A. Hale

    I had the great opportunity to meet George Weyman, a project director at meedan, yesterday at an OII event. meedan has been doing great [...]

  • Content Providers and Neutrality

    20 November 2010

    Authors: Scott A. Hale

    I don’t seem to be writing too timely, but I hope these posts nevertheless remain interesting. Last week the course I TA for was [...]

  • Multilingual sharing in video

    5 November 2010

    Authors: Scott A. Hale

    I’ve thought a lot about translation and multilingual sharing online in text environments (blogs, Wikipedia, social networking sites), but I’m reminded how quickly platforms [...]

  • Purposesfully Restricted and Network Visualizations

    24 September 2010

    Authors: Scott A. Hale

    A few interesting links to share: Religious Search Engines Yield Tailored Results Visual Complexity – great transportation network visualizations The Intelligence Of Crowds In [...]

  • Japan/China crosslinks on- and off-line

    24 September 2010

    Authors: Scott A. Hale

    Just over a month ago, I wrote about the difficulty international platforms such as Google maps have in naming disputed geographic features. Recent incident [...]

  • How geographically or linguistically diverse is your online social network?

    17 August 2010

    Authors: Scott A. Hale

    Three recent news stories highlight the international nature of many social media platforms: Pingdom Documents Top Countries On Facebook How Black People Use TwitterThe [...]

  • Naming Places/Features on Google Maps

    12 August 2010

    Authors: Scott A. Hale

    Google Maps must engage in a cross-cultural (and often cross-lingual) act to publish its maps. Each place or feature name can be given in [...]

  • Homophily and the Internet

    5 August 2010

    Authors: Scott A. Hale

    I recently had the opportunity to meet Ethan Zuckerman while he was on a visit to Oxford for TED where he gave a talk [...]