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Archive for December, 2008

UKDA: Data Management and Sharing

Friday, December 19th, 2008

The UK Data Archive would like to announce the release of its new suite of web pages providing guidance on Data Management and Sharing. The pages aim to provide data creators, data managers and data curators with best practice strategies and methods for creating, preparing and storing shareable datasets. Advice has been divided into a number of key areas or modules providing detailed information on each topic. These are:

· Sharing data – why and how?
· Consent, confidentiality and ethics
· Copyright
· Data documentation and metadata
· Data formats and software
· Data storage, back-up, and security

In addition to these web pages, bespoke advice and training are provided by UKDA staff throughout the life span of a research project – from the initial award application, through the data creation phase to the end of the active research phase and to the final storage and dissemination of data. A comprehensive frequently asked questions web page is also available.


A printed brochure is forthcoming which will be ready for our Data Sharing event on 13 March 2009 (

The significance of data management for social survey research, Jan 27th, Essex University, UK

Friday, December 19th, 2008

The significance of data management for social survey research

Date: 27 January 2009
Location: Seminar Room, SSRC Building, University of Essex

This one-day seminar on 27 January 2009, organised by the Economic and Social Data Service (ESDS) and the National Centre for e-Social Science
research node on Data Management through e-Social Science (DAMES), will explore approaches to, and resources for, improving standards of data
management in the social science research process. Here, data management is taken to refer to operations which are typically conducted by social
researchers themselves, and which involve handling and manipulating micro-datasets. These sorts of operation, often referred to as data handling, data cleaning, or matching datasets together, prove in many instances to be a major component of a social research project, yet they are often underestimated by social researchers themselves, and they are rarely the subject of extended methodological attention.

This event brings together speakers from a range of data management services and resource providers including Paul Lambert and Vernon Gayle
of DAMES and representatives from ESDS and the Secure Data Service.

The meeting is free to attend, but places are limited so booking is essential.

Further details including programme and booking form: