Jordi Morales i Gras

In the world of Data and Computational Science it is still rare to find profiles oriented to Social Science. Similarly, there are still few Social Science professionals who have the necessary knowledge in Data Engineering or Artificial Intelligence to carry out relevant research with social impact in the world of Big Data.

Filling this gap has been precisely the leitmotiv of my professional career.

What do I do?

Data engineering (ETL/ELT)

Data engineering (ETL/ELT)

I design tools to acquire and generate Social Big Data, process them, transform them and store them in relational databases, optimized for their subsequent exploitation.

Artificial intelligence and sociological analysis

Artificial intelligence and sociological analysis

I implement Natural Language Processing, Machine Learning, Deep Learning, Network Analysis or Statistical Analysis techniques on large datasets, and always with a hybrid qualitative-quantitative mindset.

Data visualization and interpretation

Data visualization and interpretation

I create models with the acquired and processed data, visualize and analyze them with Business Intelligence or Data Mining tools. I elaborate dashboards and reports that facilitate the transformation of data into information and knowledge.

Research and training

Research and training

I participate in social-scientific research of all kinds and collaborate, either as a coordinator or as a methodologist. I also like to train new professionals in Social Science and teach new techniques to working professionals, in companies and in the university.

I collaborate with

Resume

Work experience

2016 – Today

Network Outsight

Founder and co-director

Network Outsight and Network Outsight Technologies are the most ambitious business projects in which I have participated to date. Our mission is to bring Big Data sociological analysis to all types of companies and institutions. We do applied research, develop analytical tools and implement strategic actions that contribute to change the data culture of our clients and better meet their objectives.

2014 – Today

Freelance

Professor and researcher

As an independent professional I have had the opportunity to participate in many projects with different research groups (journalism, sociology, engineering…), and also, to participate as a teacher in several masters and postgraduate courses:

  • UOC. University Master in Social Media: Management and Strategy.
  • UPV / EHU. Master in Models and Research Areas in Social Sciences.
  • COLPIS. Postgraduate in Data Analytics and Programming Applied to Social Sciences.

2009 – 2010

CETpD – UPC

Research assistant

At CETpD, a center attached to the UPC, I had the opportunity to work in a transdisciplinary team in which social and technological profiles coincided. It was an enormously enriching experience that allowed me to understand the importance of hybrid perspectives and collaboration between professionals from all disciplines.

2008 – 2009

Maria Aurèlia Capmany Foundation

Research assistant

I did my professional internship collaborating in the design of the Gender Equality Plans of a group of Catalan municipalities. At the Maria Aurèlia Capmany Foundation I learned the importance of knowing how to transform data into information, and information into useful and applicable knowledge to solve real problems and to improve the living conditions of the population.

2007 – 2008

Jaume Bofill Foundation

Recruiter and interviewer

My first job in the Social Science field was as a recruiter and interviewer for the Panel of Social Inequalities of Catalonia of the Jaume Bofill Foundation. There I learned to value the work of social-scientific data workers.

Education

2017

University of the Basque Country

Ph.D. in Sociology

I received my PhD with a thesis on methodology for the sociological analysis of Big Data and focused on a comparative analysis of the Catalan and Basque independence movements on Twitter during 2014 and 2015. It is available here.

2016

University of Deusto

Postgraduate in web analytics (Google Analytics and Tag Manager)

Websites are the largest storehouse of data on human behavior ever created. Acquiring skills in web analytics has also been a key part of my training and has allowed me to understand the importance and pervasiveness of the data landscape we inhabit.

2015

Valencian International University

Master’s Degree in Teacher Training for Compulsory Secondary Education, Baccalaureate, Vocational Training and Language Teaching

Although I have never worked as a teacher outside the university, I am convinced that my studies as a secondary school teacher have helped me to communicate better in training contexts.

2012

Freie Universität Berlin

MoA Sociology – European Societies

One of the best experiences of my life was studying this master’s degree in Berlin. I was able to specialize in Experimental Sociology and statistical analysis, which allowed me to make the leap to Big Data.

2010

Autonomous University of Barcelona

Bachelor’s Degree in Sociology

My initiation to Social Science was at the Autonomous University of Barcelona. It was there where I acquired a solid foundation in epistemology and social-scientific methodology, and where I became interested in hybrid qualitative and quantitative research.

Data skills

Data engineering

75%

Artificial intelligence

80%

Data visualization

95%

Data analysis and interpretation

95%

Analytical skills

Natual Language Processing

80%

Supervised learning

90%

Unsupervised learning

85%

Deep Learning

70%

Network analysis

95%

Statistics

85%

Software

Apache NiFi

80%

SQL

90%

Pajek / Gephi

95%

Orange Datamining / Anaconda / Python

85%

Jamoovi / R

75%

Excel / PowerQuery

95%

Google Analytics / Google Tag Manager

85%

PowerBi / Tableau / Google Data Studio / Grafana

95%

Publications

Academic papers

Morales-i-Gras, Jordi (properament). Hackear la Ciencia Social. Barcelona: Editorial UOC.

Morales-i-Gras, Jordi (properament). “El 14F a Instagram. Una proposta d’articulació de tècniques de raspat web i anàlisi de xarxes.” Papers, revista de Sociologia.

Morales-i-Gras, Jordi; Larrondo-Ureta, Ainara; Orbegozo-Terradillos, Julen & Peña-Fernández, Simón (properament). “Networks and Stories. An Hybrid Methodological Proposal Applied to the Analysis of the Transmission of the Feminist Intangible Cultural Heritage on Twitter.” Big Data and Cognitive Computing.

Larrondo-Ureta, Ainara; Peña-Fernández, Simón, & Morales-i-Gras, Jordi (2021). “Desinformación, vacunas y Covid-19. Análisis de la infodemia y la conversación digital en Twitter.” Revista Latina de Comunicación Social, 79: 1-18. <http://nuevaepoca.revistalatinacs.org/index.php/revista/article/view/1473>

Larrondo-Ureta, Ainara; Orbegozo-Terradillos, Julen; Morales-i-Gras, Jordi (2021). “Digital Prospects of the Contemporary Feminist Movement for Dialogue and International Mobilization: A Case Study of the 25 November Twitter Conversation.” Social Sciences 10: 84. <https://www.mdpi.com/2076-0760/10/3/84>

Apodaka, Eduardo; Morales-i-Gras, Jordi (2021). “La gobernanza lingüística en la Comunidad Autónoma Vasca: racionalidad neoliberal y demandas comunitarias.” Athenea Digital: revista de pensamiento e investigación social, 21(1): 6. <https://atheneadigital.net/article/view/v21-1-apodaka-morales>

Apodaka, Eduardo; Anduaga, Uxoa; Eskisabel, Idurre; Morales-i-Gras, Jordi & Zabalondo, Beatriz (2020). “Promocionant la comunicació pública en èuscar: la comunitat de pràctica «Jendaurrean Erabili».” Treballs de Sociolingüística Catalana, 30: 281-295. <https://raco.cat/index.php/TSC/article/view/374480>

Morales-i-Gras, Jordi (2020). “Cognitive biases in link sharing behavior and how to get rid of them: evidence from the 2019 Spanish general election Twitter conversation.” Social Media + Society, 6(2): 2056305120928458. <https://journals.sagepub.com/doi/full/10.1177/2056305120928458>

Orbegozo-Terradillos, Julen; Morales-i-Gras, Jordi, & Larrondo-Ureta-Ureta, Ainara (2020). “Desinformación en redes sociales: ¿compartimentos estancos o espacios dialécticos? El caso Luther King, Quim Torra y El Confidencial.” Revista Mediterránea de Comunicación, 11(2): 55-69. <https://www.mediterranea-comunicacion.org/article/view/2020-v11-n2-desinformacion-en-redes-sociales-compartimentos-estancos-o-espacios-dialecticos>

Orbegozo-Terradillos, Julen; Larrondo-Ureta-Ureta, Ainara & Morales-i-Gras, Jordi (2020). “Influencia del género en los debates electorales en España: análisis de la audiencia social en# ElDebateDecisivo y# L6Neldebate.” El profesional de la información (EPI), 29(2). <https://revista.profesionaldelainformacion.com/index.php/EPI/article/view/epi.2020.mar.09>

Larrondo-Ureta, Ainara; Morales-i-Gras, Jordi; Orbegozo-Terradillos, Julen (2019). “Feminist hashtag activism in Spain: measuring the degree of politicisation of online discourse on #YoSíTeCreo, #HermanaYoSíTeCreo, #Cuéntalo y #NoEstásSola”. Communication and Society 32 (4): 207 – 221. <https://revistas.unav.edu/index.php/communication-and-society/article/view/34734>

Apodaka, Eduardo; Morales-i-Gras, Jordi & Villareal, Mikel (2018). “Las Industrias de las Disposiciones Psicológicas.” en Ander Gurrutxaga Abad y Auxkin Galarraga Ezponda (eds.) Las fábricas del futuro. Catarata.

Sorolla, Natxo; Nobajas, Àlex & Morales i Gras, Jordi (2017). “Demolingüística, internet i dades massives.” Llengua, Societat i Comunicació, 15: 36-47. <https://revistes.ub.edu/index.php/LSC/article/view/18673>

Orbegozo-Terradillos, Julen; Morales-i-Gras, Jordi & Larrondo-Ureta-Ureta, Ainara (2017). “Feminismos indignados ante la justicia: la conversación digital en el caso de La Manada.” IC Revista Científica de Información y Comunicación, 16. <https://icjournal-ojs.org/index.php/IC-Journal/article/view/466>

Apodaka, Eduardo; Morales-i-Gras, Jordi (2016). “Redes solidarias en Twitter: un acercamiento a la estructura del independentismo catalán en base a datos capturados en Twitter.” Virtualis, 14(7): 53-89. <https://www.revistavirtualis.mx/index.php/virtualis/article/view/188>

Beldarrain Durandegui, Ángel; Morales-i-Gras, Jordi (2015). “Collective Identity in the Anglophone Social Psychology.” Papeles del CEIC. International Journal on Collective Identity Research, 2015/2: 32. <https://ojs.ehu.eus/index.php/papelesCEIC/article/view/14704>

Morales-i-Gras, Jordi (2015). “Desenredando las identidades soberanistas vasca y catalana: un Análisis de Redes Sociales de las etiquetas de Twitter #BasquesDecide y #Up4Freedom.” Papeles del CEIC. International Journal on Collective Identity Research, 2015/2: 128. <https://ojs.ehu.eus/index.php/papelesCEIC/article/view/14161>

Apodaka, Eduardo & Morales-i-Gras, Jordi “Ontologia sozialen erabilera erretorikoak: egia eta artizioa identitate-eraikuntzan. Euskal eta kataluniar identitateen kasuak alderatzen.” Nazionalismoa ikertuz II. kongresua. Naziotik Estatura XXI. mendean. <https://www.academia.edu/6478773/>

Morales-i-Gras, Jordi 2013. “Am I what (s)he is not? An Experimental Approach to the Distancing Dynamics of Conflicting Identities: The Example of the Catalan-Spanish Conflict.” Nazionalismoa ikertuz I. kongresua. <https://www.academia.edu/6478528/>

Díaz Boladeras, Marta; Font Tió, Ada; Morales i Gras, Jordi; Guerrero Lara, Claudia; Abellán Cano, Carlos y Deusdad Ayala, Blanca (2010). “Ir a la Universidad: la Decisión de l@s Adolescentes con Diversidad Funcional en Catalunya”. Proyecto para el Ministerio de Educación, EA2009-0169.

Articles in media

Morales-i-Gras, Jordi (2020). Jordi Morales: “Gure informazioa biltzen ari baldin badira, egin dezagun ikertzaileek datuok guztion onerako erabili ditzaten” <https://www.hamaika.eus/bideo-saioak/gurean-gaur/Jordi-Morales-Gure-informazioa-biltzen-ari-baldin-badira-egin-dezagun-ikertzaileek-datuok-guztion-onerako-erabili-ditzaten-.html

Morales-i-Gras, Jordi (2019). “#ThisIsTheRealSpain: radiografia del fracàs a la xarxa de la campanya del govern espanyol.” Vilaweb. <https://www.vilaweb.cat/noticies/thisistherealspain-fracassa-a-la-xarxa/>

Orbegozo-Terradillos, Julen & Morales-i-Gras, Jordi (2019). La “campaña blanca” en Whatsapp: lejos de ser influyente. Público. <https://blogs.publico.es/dominiopublico/28427/la-campana-blanca-en-whatsapp-lejos-de-ser-influyente/>

Orbegozo-Terradillos, Julen & Morales-i-Gras, Jordi (2019). “La batalla por la conversación digital del 28A: los “ultramotivados” de Vox y la novedad de Pacma.” Infolibre. <https://www.infolibre.es/noticias/opinion/plaza_publica/2019/>

Morales-i-Gras, Jordi (2018). “Luther King, la independència catalana i Twitter.” Diari Ara. <https://www.ara.cat/opinio/jordi-morales-luther-king-independencia-catalana-twitter_129_2725376.html>

Morales-i-Gras, Jordi (2018). “Tabarnia y la construcción del adversario.” Naiz. <https://www.naiz.eus/es/info/noticia/20180101/tabarnia-y-la-construccion-del-adversario>

Morales-i-Gras, Jordi & Apodaka, Eduardo (2016). “El impacto de la excarcelación de Arnaldo Otegi en Twitter.” Naiz. <https://www.naiz.eus/eu/info/noticia/20160304/el-impacto-de-la-excarcelacion-de-arnaldo-otegi-en-twitter>

Apodaka, Eduardo & Morales-i-Gras, Jordi (2015). “Lider berriak, alderdi zaharren gainetik.” Berria. <https://www.berria.eus/paperekoa/1917/010/001/2015-12-13/lider-berriak-alderdi-zaharren-gainetik.htm>

Morales-i-Gras, Jordi & Apodaka, Eduardo (2015). “Hego Euskal Herriko alderdien portaera.” Berria. <https://www.berria.eus/paperekoa/2440/008/001/2015-12-17/hego-euskal-herriko-alderdien-portaera.htm>

Dissertation

Morales i Gras, Jordi (2017). Soberanías enredadas: Una perspectiva reticular, constructural y agéntica hacia los relatos soberanistas vasco y catalán contemporáneos en Twitter. Euskal Herriko Unibetsitatea. <https://addi.ehu.es/handle/10810/22686>.

Resources

Courses, masters and postgraduate programs

Social analytics course with Twitter data

Course to learn how to acquire and work with Twitter data.

Big Data and Artificial Intelligence applied to Social Sciences

Introductory course to Big Data and Artificial Intelligence for Social Sciences.

You can do it in Catalan at the Professional Association of Political Scientists and Sociologists of Catalonia.

Postgraduate Degree in Data Analytics and Programming Applied to Social Sciences

A postgraduate course highly oriented to the current labour market in which you will acquire general competences in data analysis from Social Science.

You can take it in Catalan at the Professional Association of Political Scientists and Sociologists of Catalonia.

Master's Degree in Social Media: Management and Strategy

Master for the integral training of digital professionals.

You can take it in Catalan or in Spanish at the Open University of Catalonia.

Master's Degree in Models and Research Areas in Social Sciences

University master’s degree oriented to the integral formation of researchers in Sociology.

You can take it in Spanish at the University of the Basque Country.

Teaching materials

Visualización de datos extraídos de los medios sociales


Visualización de datos extraídos de los medios sociales

Materiales en castellano


Minería de datos de los medios sociales, técnicas para el análisis de datos masivos


Minería de datos de los medios sociales, técnicas para el análisis de datos masivos

Materiales en castellano


Datos masivos y minería de datos sociales: conceptos y herramientas básicas


Datos masivos y minería de datos sociales: conceptos y herramientas básicas

Materiales en castellano


Visualització de dades extretes dels mitjans de comunicació socials


Visualització de dades extretes dels mitjans de comunicació socials

Materials en català


Mineria de dades dels mitjans socials, tècniques per a l’anàlisi de dades massives


Mineria de dades dels mitjans socials, tècniques per a l’anàlisi de dades massives

Materials en català


Dades massives i mineria de dades socials, conceptes i eines bàsiques


Dades massives i mineria de dades socials, conceptes i eines bàsiques

Materials en català

Learn how to analyze networks with Twitter data

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