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1 The Economic and Social Data Service 26 November 2003

2 ESDS Overview new national data archiving and dissemination service, running from 1 Jan. 2003 – 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 UK Data Archive, Essex MIMAS, Manchester Cathie Marsh Centre for Census and Survey Research (CCSR), Manchester Institute of Social and Economic Research (ISER), Essex Partners

4 UK Data Archive established at the University of Essex in 1967 by the Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC) core funded by the ESRC and the University of Essex and JISC Celebrating 35 years of data service provision Innovotative – many new ideas about data provision spawned here


6 Sources of data Data for research and teaching purposes and used in all sectors and for many different disciplines official agencies - mainly central government international statistical time series individual academics - research grants market research agencies public records/historical sources links to UK census data qualitative and quantitative access to international data via links with other data archives worldwide

7 UKDA Collection 4,000+ datasets in the collection 250+ new datasets are added each year 2000+ orders for data per year 6500+ datasets distributed worldwide p.a. History data service in-house (AHDS) specialist units for supporting qualitative and longitudinal data in-house

8 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

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

10 Benefits of the large-scale government datasets 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 Percentage of women aged 18-49 cohabiting General Household Survey

12 Source: Richard Dickens, Paul Gregg and Jonathan Wadsworth (2000) New Labour and the Labour Market, CMPO Working Paper Series 00/19 Table 5

13 Longitudinal Data four main studies, that are primarily UK Research Council: –British Household Panel Survey (BHPS) –British Birth Cohort studies: National Child Development Survey (NCDS) British Cohort Study 1970 (BCS70) Millennium Cohort Study (MCS) –Also possible forthcoming Medical Research Council population study datasets – 1946 Birth Cohort

14 British Household Panel Survey Collected and deposited by the ULSC at Essex follows the members of 5500 households first sampled in 1991 interviews conducted annually become a major resource for understanding the dynamics of British households coverage includes: –income, labour market behaviour, social and political values, health, education, housing and household organisation Recently large new samples were introduced in Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland.

15 British Birth Cohort Studies National Child Development Survey (NCDS) cohort born in a single week in 1958 data collected at birth & ages 7, 11, 16, 23, 33, 42 become a unique resource for investigating social mobility and the impact on later life of childhood conditions coverage includes a wide range of social, economic, health and psychological issues

16 British Birth Cohort Studies Millennium Cohort Study (MCS) the latest of the birth cohort studies, focusing on children born in 2000 and 2001 first sweep of data collected when children were aged 9 months second sweep collects data when the children reach 3 years the MCS will make a major contribution to understanding children and families in the UK

17 International data portfolio 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: the International Monetary Fund the OECD the United Nations the World Bank Eurostat the International Labour Organisation the UK Office for National Statistics BUT access for UK HE/FE scholars Access to microdata surveys Eurobarometers International Social Survey Programme Other social data via other national data archives

18 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

19 Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) databases Main Economic Indicators International Development International Direct Investment International Migration Statistics Main Science and Technology Indicators Measuring Globalisation Statistics in International Trade in Services, Value added and Employment Social Expenditure Statistics Quarterly Labour Force Statistics A range of databases from the OECD designed to complement the rest of the portfolio.


21 ESDS Qualidata provides access and support for a range of qualitative datasets, and is hosted by the UK Data Archive the work builds on Qualidata's expertise and international reputation in this area, developed over the past eight years

22 ESDS Qualidata Presentation to follow

23 Related data resources CRS AHDS History

24 The Census Registration Service The Census Registration Service provides one- stop registration for: Census Dissemination Unit from MIMAS (University of Manchester) Census Geography Data Unit (UKBORDERS) from EDINA (University of Edinburgh) Census Interaction Data Service (Universities of Leeds and St Andrews) Samples of Anonymised Records from the Cathie Marsh Centre for Census and Survey Research (University of Manchester)

25 Census Registration Service The service employs Athens Single Sign On so you only need to remember your Athens password to access the resources. Registering once with the Census Registration Service gives access to census data resources from 1971 to 2001. A helpdesk, FAQs and documentation all exist to guide you through the registration procedure. The data may be downloaded in a variety of useable formats for import into different software packages

26 AHDS History AHDS History is one of the five Subject Centres of the Arts and Humanities Data Service. AHDS History collects, preserves, and promotes the use of digital resources, which result from or support historical research, learning and teaching.

27 AHDS History National service funded by UK tertiary education sector Joint Information Systems Committee (JISC) Arts and Humanities Research Board (AHRB) Founded in 1993 Based in the UK Data Archive at the University of Essex Team of four historians and IT specialists

28 The AHDS History collection Over 600 data collections transcribed, scanned or compiled from original historical sources Databases, spreadsheets, digitized maps, transcribed texts, digital photographs, GIS data Covering the period from the 7th century through to the mid-20th century Primary focus is in UK data, with a significant body of cross-national and non-UK data collections

29 The AHDS History collection Particularly strong in 19th and 20th century economic and social history Census data (1881 100% sample; 1851 2% sample; lots of local census returns) Great Britain Historical Database online Taxation materials Large scale datasets of Welsh and Irish historical statistics Electoral data (poll books for local areas) Criminal court records (e.g. a collection of datasets on violent crimes 1600-1900) Agricultural statistics (prices, output) Surveys of Scottish witchcraft State finance data Economic indicators/industrial production data

30 Secondary analysis potential description comparative research, restudy or follow-up study re-analysis or secondary analysis research design and methodological advancement verification teaching and learning

31 Accessing data Web access to data and metadata Data are freely available for the majority of our users Data supplied in a variety of formats –statistical package formats (eg spss) –databases and spreadsheets –word processed documents –pdf documents

32 Online access to data and user guides Web pages - easy to navigate format –Web catalogue with variable level searching –Subject browsing - eg major series and geo web pages –Access to online doc - pdf user guides and forms Registration –One-off registration with userid/password –Online account management and Shopping Basket ordering Data Download –Web Download in 3 software formats –NESSTAR - browsing metadata and exploring data

33 UKDA WEBSITE DEMO: health data focus Search/browse data Major series Documentation Thesaurus Variable search Download Ordering

34 NESSTAR software Browse detailed information (metadata) about these data sources, including links to other sources Do simple data analysis and visualisation on microdata Bookmark analyses Download the appropriate subset of data in one of a number of formats (e.g. SPSS, Excel)

35 LIVE NESSTAR DEMO Health Survey for England

36 ESDS: Facilitating greater usage Aim to 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 support and training

37 Working groups and user forums establish working groups to gain input and feedback on specific ESDS developments consult with bodies such as LTSN, RSC establish new user forums/networks exploit existing user forums (e.g. JIBS)

38 Workshops and training programme 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

39 Online training materials build on workshop and existing/contributed materials establish templates; keep simple commitment to keep up-to-date use relevant T and L standards build on existing/forthcoming T and L projects: TRaMMS; CHCC; X4L; RM programme

40 Other good online UK social science resources QBANK RDN ECASS

41 Contact ESDS FAQ:

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