Presentation on theme: "ESDS user support materials and resources: how to use them Support Services Royal Statistical Society, London 13 February 2009."— Presentation transcript:
ESDS user support materials and resources: how to use them Support Services Royal Statistical Society, London 13 February 2009
ESDS Support and resources Aims: Encourage –researchers to consult existing data sources –use of real data in teaching and learning Make obtaining data more straightforward Promotion… exploit existing and new networks Provide online resources Provide user support and training
Supporting the user User support Data catalogue ESDS guides Theme based information, e.g. health Advice for data creators and depositors Support & training for the secondary use of data for research, learning and teaching Teaching datasets/online samplers Online data analysis tools Publicity & promotion, e.g. news & events Service-specific web pages
User support and resources From the Support link: Advice for new users Help Desk (email: firstname.lastname@example.org) Information on training JISC mail lists Information for Social Science Data Resources (SSDR) site representatives Frequently Asked Questions Specialist data services – own support pages
Online guides Available for: Analysis & methods (including SPSS, Stata, Weighting) Specific datasets Creators and depositors Learning and teaching Online data services Preservation and technical Themes (e.g. social inequality, CO2 emissions)
Teaching datasets Tailor-made datasets Guides to using data in teaching Guides to using software and exemplars
X4L project: Survey Data in Teaching: enhancing critical thinking and data numeracy Aim: to increase the use of real data sources and improve the data literacy of students from age 16 up Uses the study of crime in society to show how existing data sources can be utilised; relevant to a range of social science disciplines Outputs are a variety of free teaching and learning resources relating to social science and statistics. Materials are based on learning strategies that encourage the teaching of research methods within a substantive context Modules available in a variety of formats and designed to be used as part of standard classroom teaching or as additional/self-paced learning activities
Workshops & training Service specific and joint workshops: Awareness days for new users Thematic data resources events Data confrontation: specific datasets; data handling skills; methodological issues; analytic skills - introductory and advanced level Train the trainers workshops Online training materials
Outreach & Publicity We do get out there a lot! conferences and workshops from 1 August 2006 – 31 July 2007, ESDS contributed to 176 workshops and conferences We trained over 300 people at 23 workshops We are pro-active and re-active, so ask us if you want to have a workshop!
Data series oriented workshops and user meetings e.g. GHS User Group – March ESS/ISSP hands-on workshop – April Managing and sharing research data Modularised workshops: consent and disclosure – March Data exchange tools – May Self-archiving and deposit: UKDA-store launch - June Methods and teaching Re-using qualitative data – March, September Interviewing methods – May, October Annual Conference International - December Examples of events
Outreach & Publicity Publicity Posters Online guides Brochures Publicity database ESDS Newsletter – UK Databytes (published quarterly) Articles in magazines Via the web site
ESDS Specialist data services Specialist data services: –ESDS Government –ESDS International –ESDS Longitudinal –ESDS Qualidata Dedicated web sites Data and documentation enhancements Tailored user support Outreach and training
ESDS Government Guides, e.g. Analysis guides, thematic guides List of government teaching datasets Publications database Mapping tool for ONS Vital Statistics (CommonGIS) Search for variables across datasets List of variables that are consistent over time for specific surveys Survey pages for each dataset: provides the following links for each: questionnaires, starting analysis, citing this data, variable search (for selected series), FAQ Recent data releases Recent publications
ESDS Longitudinal Data Step-by-step guides to each dataset Teaching guides, e.g. BHPS guide using Nesstar Database of comparable indicators Links to other longitudinal data resources, e.g. Keeping track – a guide to longitudinal resources Workshops, e.g. Introductory workshop to Millennium Cohort Study (MCS) – 24 March
ESDS International data Dataset user guides Software guides, e.g. Beyond 20/20 – the online tool used for many international datasets Case studies Learning & teaching resources, e.g. Countries & citizens: Linking macro & micro data Directory of international data resources
ESDS Qualidata Dataset user guides Thematic resources – Criminology, Health studies, Oral history Re-use publications Case studies of re-use Teaching guide on interview styles Frequently Asked Questions
ESDS support summary Encourage: –researchers to consult existing data sources –use of real data in teaching and learning Make obtaining data more straightforward Promotion… exploit existing and new networks Provide online resources Provide user support and training What else can we provide?
QUESTIONS 1.Come up with the 3 most common questions that you are asked in your work that are relevant to ESDS? 2. What do you think are the most important types of data for your community? 3. Name 3 things you would like from us, in order to help support your knowledge of/use of ESDS.