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1 Election studies: a research data management challenge Laurence Horton, Alexia Katsanidou International Data Infrastructures GESIS - Leibniz Institute for the Social Sciences Data Archive for the Social Sciences IASSIST th Annual Conference Washington DC June 7, 2012 This work is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike 3.0 Unported License.Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike 3.0 Unported License.

2 National election studies American National Election Study (ANES); National Annenberg Election Study (NAES) New Zealand Election Study (NZES) Japanese Election Study (JES) The Israel National Election Studies (INES) Canadian Election Study Australian Election Study (AES) Austrian National Election Studies (ANES) Danish Election Study German Longitudinal Election Study (GLES) Italian National Election Study (ITANES) Dutch Parliamentary Election Study (DPES) Norwegian Election Studies Swedish National Election Studies (SNES) Swiss Electoral Studies (SELECTS) British Election Study (BES)

3 The International Setting Comparative National Elections Project (CNEP) Comparative Study of Electoral Systems (CSES) European Election Studies (EES) Providing an Infrastructure for Research on Electoral Democracy in the European Union (PIREDEU) European Voter Project COST Action "The True European Voter" CERES “Consortium for European Research with Election Studies”

4 Explaining election results “Dewey Defeats Truman” by scriptingnews under CC BY-SA 2.0CC BY-SA 2.0 “Lisa's Substitute” The Simpsons: The Complete Second Season. Writ. Jon Vitti. Dir. Rich Moore. 20th Century Fox, 1991http://www.flickr.com/photos/scriptingnews/ /

5 A sprint, not a marathon.. Sprit image by Arcimboldo under CC BY 2.0 marathon image in public domain BY 2.0http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:Osaka07_D6A_M200M_nearfinish.jpghttp://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:London_1990.jpg Intense data generating events. Elections compressed into burst of activity

6 Instability of elections Faoila, Anthony. “Greece fails to form new government, calls new elections.” Washington Post 15 May 2012: government-calls-new-elections/2012/05/15/gIQAB9vsRU_story.htmlhttp://www.washingtonpost.com/world/europe/greece-fails-to-form-new- government-calls-new-elections/2012/05/15/gIQAB9vsRU_story.html

7 “The Johnny Cash problem” “Well, the one on the right was on the left And the one in the middle was on the right And the one on the left was in the middle” Right = 1Left = 2Centre = 3 Left = 1Right = 2Centre = 3 Right = 1Centre = 2Left = 3 Left = 1Centre = 2Right = 3 Centre = 1Left = 2Right = 3 Centre = 1Right = 2Left = 3 Clement, J.H. (1966). The One on the Right is on the Left [J. Cash] CBS Records 1966.

8 Data ownership LSE Archive blog, “On the campaign trail” Out of the Box Montage of the General Election Day newspapers Lizzy Davis, “François Hollande v Nicolas Sarkozy: tweets from election day” The Guardian, 6 May 2012http://lib-1.lse.ac.uk/archivesblog/?p= campaign broadcast

9 Privacy Photographs: Klaus Ernst by der Linkspartei under public domain Cem Özdemir by Cosimamz under CC BY-SA 2.5 Claudia Roth by Bündnis 90/Die Grünen Nordrhein-Westfalen under CC BY-SA Gesine Lötzsch by Ginniwunni under CC BY 3.0 Philipp Rösler by Fdp nds under CC BY 3.0 Sigmar Gabriel by Agência Brasil under CC BY 3.0 Horst Seehofer by J. Patrick Fischer under CC BY-SA 3.0 Angela Merkel by Armin Linnartz under CC BY-SA 3.0 BY-SA 2.5 BY-SA BY 3.0http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:Gesine_L%C3%B6tzsch_5Mai2011_a.jpgCC BY 3.0http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:Roesler-klein.jpgCC BY 3.0http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:Sigmar_Gabriel_2008.jpgCC BY-SA 3.0http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:Seehofer.JPGCC BY-SAhttp://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:AM_Juli_2010_-_3zu4.jpg

10 Integrating legal requirements For comparative election data: Problem of different legal environments. For new types of data collections: What are the rules on that? blog.drivinglessons.com

11 “The Lynyrd Skynyrd problem” PI’s and research teams change over time. Lynyrd Skynyrd picture by Watt_Dabney licensed under CC BY 2.0 Lynyrd Skynyrd band members BY 2.0http://www.flickr.com/photos/watt_dabney/ /

12 Funding: the ‘Oliver’ problem More?! –Instability regarding funding. –Having to repeatedly ask for more leads to uncertainty Lean, David, dir. Oliver Twist. Cineguild, 1948 Film.

13 Solutions What do we want? –Usable data comparative across space and time. When do we want it? –The day after the election, please. Protest image by laurencehorton under CC BY-NC-ND 2.0 BY-NC-ND 2.0http://www.flickr.com/photos/laurencehorton/ /in/set

14 Planning ahead Build the PI group early on Secure Money flow Do research Pre-harmonization Plan study Components Build Cooperations

15 Institutionalization of election Study groups

16 Harmonization The cost of post- harmonization Eg. TEV Trade-off: Over time or across countries?

17 Common Problems? Common Solutions!

18 Work with your local archive!

19 German Longitudinal Election Study Funded from –Covering state and three federal elections: 2009, 2013, 2017 German Longitudinal Election Study, “Overview over the GLES Design at the Bundestag Election 2009”

20 Thank you Archive Training Center GESIS Leibniz Institute for Social Sciences Unter Sachsenhausen Cologne GERMANY Website: training-and-information-centrehttp://www.gesis.org/archive-and-data-management- training-and-information-centre


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