We decode the social effects of media to put their power to good use.

Research Network

Finding and fixing where media fails the public

We invite researchers to leverage our industry and institutional relationships and a growing corpus of data resources to explore how media influences institutions, communities, and the issues they care about most. Issues like public health, human rights, or climate. We’re looking for media and social science researchers who are eager to collaborate with new partners, leverage new datasets in their work, and apply findings to real-world solutions. The goal: increase the number and diversity of researchers investigating media influence and getting the findings into the hands of people who can help optimize media for the public good.



Unique institutional and industry partnerships unlock collaborative opportunities, hard-to-get datasets and new tools, and enable applied experiments

Data Platform

Industry-grade data collection, processing, and secure storage designed to serve the needs of researchers and the partners that work with us

Public Engagement

Communications support to translate traditional academic outputs into formats that reach wider audiences


« Harmony created a unique opportunity to study the social effects of immersive technology alongside the companies actually building the tech, in a way that not only improves the research but gets the insights into the hands of a broader public »

—Dr. Sun Joo (Grace) Ahn, University of Georgia


Data Resources

Created by and for researchers, in partnership with other orgs and through our own engineering

  • Daily online articles and associated metadata, including x-y landing page coordinates, for some 3,000 US news publishers from Project Ratio, since 2016

  • Closed caption text from television programs in 210 U.S. Designated Market Areas, since 2014

  • Minute-by-minute television consumption data from a panel of 100,000 Americans, and online consumption data from a panel of 65,000 Americans, with an overlap of about 25,000 participants in both panels, since 2016

  • Nationwide estimates of public opinion for 167 social issues derived from over 5 million survey responses, each cross-tabulated with 1000+ demographic combinations (party, race, age, gender, education, marital status, urbanicity) at national, state, and congressional district levels, since November 2017

  • Anonymized data for popular, non-partisan, civic engagement platform with 1M monthly users including: user actions and comments on news media and federal legislation, messages to elected representatives, lawmaker votes, and federal legislative summaries, since August 2015

  • U.S. state and federal bill data, since 2009, and state and federal legislator data including legislative actions, bills proposed and passed, and sponsors

  • Memes and associated comment threads from /pol and /leftypol on 4chan and 8chan, respectively, since March 2018

  • Not seeing what you need? Email us to discuss how we can create it together.



We’re actively looking for researchers to work with. Email us with questions at research@harmonylabs.org.
Or just use the short interest form below.



Am I right for your research network?

Generally, we’re interested in researchers who: are investigating the influence of media systems on politics, society, and culture; have a clearly articulated research focus that seeks to leverage our data resources, or initiate a significant new data collection effort; are eager to or are already collaborating with other researchers, institutions, disciplines; want to benefit from being a part of a community of researchers and practitioners; and are willing to contribute to documentation regarding their work with Harmony Labs. If you’re still not sure if you’re a good fit, just email us.

How is the network structured and governed?

We envision the network as a distributed collection of research groups, each with a unique research focus and associated data collection and analysis efforts that are bigger and more prolonged than a single project. All researchers within a research group will have appropriate institutional affiliations and engage in noncommercial research that aligns with the mission of Harmony Labs. There may be many institutional affiliations and disciplines represented in any one research group. We anticipate that the research network will be governed by a committee made up of representatives from the research groups and Harmony Labs. The committee will oversee, for example, the formation of research groups, partnership strategies, and data collection efforts. 

Who is part of your research network already?

Harmony Labs has been prototyping the infrastructure required for a research network with Project Ratio researchers. We’re now in the process of expanding to include new researchers with a range of research interests. We expect these researchers will help us understand requirements for at scale operation of the network, specifically related to self-governance, researcher credentialing, project evaluation, new data collection efforts, data ethics, privacy and sharing practices.

How do you decide which datasets to acquire or create?

The needs of our researchers and the recommendations of the research committee drive the datasets we create or seek to acquire. Additionally, individual research groups may collect or contribute to the network their own data or data from existing partnerships. Harmony Labs is always eager to initiate new data collection efforts.

Does Harmony Labs control or own the research?

No. We like to be kept informed of what our researchers are finding, so that when it comes time for public release, we can be the best possible partner for getting research results out to a wider audience. But we do not in any way interfere with the work of our researchers.

Do I have to pay to be part of the network?

No. At this time, participating researchers are invited to leverage Harmony’s resources to improve the quality, quantity, reach or applicability of their work, in exchange for helping us prototype the operation of our research network. We’re working on a financial model that will allow us to grow the research network and associated partnership and data collection efforts.

Can I join the network if I’m not part of an academic institution?

Yes. We invite and encourage participation from qualified researchers and practitioners from a variety of disciplines and institutional affiliations.

Can a company, foundation, or other institution join the network?

There are many ways companies and other institutions can support the research network’s work, such as data philanthropy, sponsoring research challenges, hosting applied experiments, and, of course, funding. Please email us to start a conversation.

How do I join the network?

To be considered for the research network, we invite you to complete a simple interest form, which will help us understand more about your research focus. Once received, we will respond within two weeks about next steps.