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1 An Introduction to the UK Data Archive and the Economic and Social Data Service November 2007 Jack Kneeshaw, UKDA

2 UKDA overview the UK Data Archive (UKDA) preserves and supplies social science data the Archive manages a national data archiving and dissemination service – Economic and Social Data Service (ESDS) ESDS provides access and specialist support for key economic and social data resources

3 Types of collections Data for research and teaching purposes and used in all sectors and for many different disciplines surveys censuses registers aggregate statistics text (digital) and images

4 Sources of data official agencies - mainly central government international statistical time series individual academics - research grants market research agencies public records/historical sources access to international data via links with other data archives worldwide

5 Collection held at UKDA 5,000+ datasets in the collection 200+ new datasets are added each year 6,500+ orders for data per year 18,000+ datasets distributed worldwide per year history data service in-house (AHDS)

6 ECONOMIC AND SOCIAL DATA SERVICE (ESDS)

7 Specialist data services ESDS Government ESDS International ESDS Longitudinal ESDS Qualidata provide: dedicated web sites data and documentation enhancements user support training

8 ESDS GOVERNMENT

9 Large-scale government data General Household Survey Labour Force Survey Health Survey for England/Wales/Scotland Expenditure and Food Survey British Crime Survey Family Resources Survey ONS Omnibus Survey Survey of English Housing British Social Attitudes National Travel Survey Time Use Survey

10 Benefits of the large-scale government data Good quality data –produced by experienced research organisations –usually nationally representative with large samples –good response rates –very well documented Continuous data –allows comparison over time –data is largely cross-sectional Hierarchical data –intra-household differences –household effects on individuals

11 ESDS LONGITUDINAL

12 Longitudinal data longitudinal surveys involve repeated surveys of the same individuals at different points in time allow researchers to analyse change at the individual level more complex to manage and analyse

13 British Household Panel Survey collected and deposited by ISER, here at Essex follows the members of 5500 households first sampled in interviews conducted annually panel survey, repeated questions allows change to be tracked coverage includes: –income, labour market behaviour, social and political values, health, education, housing and household organisation

14 British Birth Cohort Studies impact of childhood conditions on later life and understanding children and families in the UK – lifecourse study National Child Development Study follows a cohort born in a single week in British Cohort Study follows a cohort born in a single week in 1970 Millennium Cohort Study focuses on children born in 2000/2001

15 ESDS INTERNATIONAL

16 International data regularly updated macro-economic time series datasets from selected major international statistical databanks that collectively chart over 50 years of global economic, industrial and political change: International Monetary Fund OECD United Nations World Bank Eurostat International Labour Organisation UK Office for National Statistics

17 International data themes Databanks cover: economic performance and development trade, industry and markets employment demography, migration and health governance human development social expenditure education science and technology land use and the environment

18 International micro data Eurobarometers International Social Survey Programme other social data via other national data archives ESDS International at the UK Data Archive (UKDA) can help users to locate and acquire data from other archives within Europe and worldwide, using a series of reciprocal agreements with the individual institutions. Datasets include:

19 POTENTIAL USES

20 Secondary analysis potential descriptive / background population information comparative research, re-study or follow-up study secondary analysis verification research design and methodology

21 Access web access to data and metadata data are freely available for use in higher education institutions data supplied in a variety of formats –statistical package formats (e.g. spss, stata) –databases and spreadsheets –word processed documents –pdf documents

22 DEMO – Finding/accessing data Online analysis User support


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