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Accessing the NCDS and the BCS70 via the Economic and Social Data Service Jack Kneeshaw and Alasdair Crockett NCDS/BCS workshop 29 October 2003 ESDS Longitudinal.

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1 Accessing the NCDS and the BCS70 via the Economic and Social Data Service Jack Kneeshaw and Alasdair Crockett NCDS/BCS workshop 29 October 2003 ESDS Longitudinal

2 Economic and Social Data Service new national data archiving and dissemination service, running from 1 Jan – 2008 provides access and support for key economic and social data distributed service, bringing together centres of expertise in data creation, dissemination, preservation and use provides seamless and easier access to a range of disparate resources for UK Higher and Further Education sectors core archiving services plus four specialist data services

3 Partners UK Data Archive, Essex MIMAS, Manchester Cathie Marsh Centre for Census and Survey Research (CCSR), Manchester Institute of Social and Economic Research (ISER), Essex

4 Specialist data services ESDS Government ESDS International ESDS Longitudinal ESDS Qualidata Greater emphasis on: value-added data and documentation enhanced resource discovery improved delivery services service specific help online support materials training programme outreach and promotion

5 ESDS Management: UK Data Archive Broad strategic role, concerned with the supply, funding, and use of social science data. a central 'first stop' help desk service a coherent and flexible collections development policy a central registration service operating across the ESDS a universal portal

6 ESDS Access and Preservation: UK Data Archive Focuses on the central activities of data acquisition, processing, preservation and dissemination. The key services are: a collections strategy ingest activities metadata creation a data dissemination service flexible long-term preservation

7 About ESDS Longitudinal

8 ESDS Longitudinal Joint enterprise: UK Data Archive (UKDA) UK Longitudinal Studies Centre (ULSC) - Institute for Social and Economic Research (ISER), University of Essex) Supports a range of longitudinal data collections but four core collections in particular: British Cohort Study (BCS70) British Household Panel Survey (BHPS) Millennium Cohort Study (MCS) National Child Development Study (NCDS)

9 ESDS Longitudinal In addition to core studies ESDS Longitudinal will also: Aim to identify other longitudinal datasets for inclusion, e.g. English Longitudinal Study of Ageing (ELSA), the Avon Longitudinal Study of Parents and Children (ALSPAC) and the 1946 Birth Cohort (NSHD) Via the UK Data Archive, continue to make available other longitudinal studies such as the LFS (2 and 5 quarter), YCS, HALS and BEPS

10 ESDS Longitudinal The service already provides: a helpdesk service operated by – –Telephone: +44 (0) –Jiscmail discussion list: web-based Frequently Asked Questions web-based downloadable data files online data in NESSTAR to facilitate the browsing of longitudinal datasets (inc. the NCDS and BCS70) a series of meetings and workshops for both novice and more advanced users


12 ULSC/ESDS Longitudinal For the future – ULSCs Cohorts Enhancement Project: online facilities will include a searchable directory of researchers' interests and a catalogue providing details of other longitudinal data collections the provision of harmonised data standards across all NCDS/BCS70 waves or sweeps a improved information on weighting, missing data, statistical adjustments and additional derived variables the development of an online system for visualisation of documentation, sub-setting and data matching the use of confidential, geo-coded data under secure access conditions (BHPS)

13 Centre for Longitudinal Studies Working with ULSC to provide improved user access to all the cohort materials Provides access to non-archived data Advice and guidance Documentation/Working papers/Data Notes Information on uses of the data/publications/other developments

14 The data themselves - NCDS Survey Form Perinatal Mortality Survey, 1958| NCDS First Follow-up, 1965| 3 longitudinal NCDS Second Follow-up, 1969| datasets NCDS Third Follow-up, 1974| NCDS Exam Results Survey, 1978Single dataset NCDS Fourth Follow-up, datasets NCDS Fifth Follow-up, datasets NCDS Sixth Follow-up, 2000Single dataset (with BCS )


16 The data themselves – BCS70 Survey Form British Births Survey, 1970Single dataset BCS70 First Follow up, 1975Single dataset BCS70 Second Follow up, 1980Single dataset BCS70 Third Follow up, datasets BCS70 Fourth Follow up, 1996Single dataset BCS70 Fifth Follow-up, 2000Single dataset (with NCDS6)


18 Documentation A variety of NCDS/BCS70 documentation is available, including: Guides to datasets Lists of publications Annotated questionnaires Interactive data dictionaries Data Notes series Other survey-related doc, inc. Working Papers etc. Available both from CLS and UKDA web sites

19 Retrieval and Access Web access, via UKDA site, to data and metadata Documentation (codebooks, questionnaires) freely available to any UKDA user (registered or unregistered) Data can be browsed and frequencies run by any user (registered or unregistered) using NESSTAR Full datasets are freely available for download for the majority of our registered users Data supplied in a variety of formats –SPSS –STATA –Tab-delimited text

20 Online access for unregistered users UKDA web pages - easy to navigate format –Search catalogue facility –Subject browsing - eg major series –HASSET thesaurus –Access to online doc - pdf user guides and questionnaires NESSTAR –Browse data and metadata for a selection of data, inc. NCDS and BCS70 –Run frequencies







27 Online access for registered users Registered users can: Download full datasets Order data via online order system Browse/analyse/download data in NESSTAR To register: Complete online form. Sign and return data access agreement (legal undertaking) (To access data) register a project






33 NESSTAR NESSTAR provides quick and easy access to data and information about that data via a standard web browser. Anyone can: search for and list datasets browse dataset documentation (including codebook and frequencies) Non-commercial users registered with UKDA accounts can: browse and analyse data visualise data (for example, produce graphs and pie charts) download data (including subsets) in a number of formats (including SPSS, SAS and STATA) bookmark searches and analyses


35 Data not held at the UKDA Some additional data, derived from further minor data collections, data cleaning etc., only available via CLS at present These data are added to the UKDA collection from time to time Data from the ULSCs Cohorts Enhancement Project to be made available as project progresses

36 ESDS Longitudinal Help CLS +44 (0) UKDA/ESDS +44 (0)

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