"Creeping commercialisation" of 'big data' may force university researchers to pool their resources, a Queensland media and cultural studies specialist has warned, The Australian reports.

Queensland University of Technology commentator Axel Bruns said social media platforms like Facebook and Twitter were limiting access to “application programming interfaces”, the underpinning software that makes it easier for researchers to analyse their data.

This, combined with the emergence of social media data resellers, was preventing researchers from making a “considered choice” about whether to use bigger or smaller datasets.

“Increasingly, a handful of (commercial, or strongly commercially–supported) research institutes dominate the ‘big social media...

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