Introduction to EDINA & National Data Services


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Presentation given by Stuart Macdonald at the National Centre for Social Research Survey Skills Programme, Edinburgh, 5 & 6 October, 2010

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  • GEO-REFER – geographical referencing resources for social scientists, Go-Geo!, ESRI Virtual Campus plus Macro and Microdata teaching resources
    Digimap Collection
    Moving pictures and sound services - EIG, newsFilm Online
    Plus A&I databases
    The Depot
  • Geology Digimap - largest scale geology data (1:50,000) available with national coverage for the UK, A mid-scale (1:250,000) product with Bedrock and Faults layers, Small scale mapping (1:625,000) for the whole of the UK.
  • The Secure Data Service (SDS) is funded by the ESRC (Economic and Social Research Council) and enables safe and secure remote access by researchersx to data deemed too sensitive, detailed, confidential or potentially disclosive to be made available under standard licensing and dissemination arrangements.
  • GDP, birth rate, illiteracy rates, population, household consumption, external trade indicators, import-export figures, earnings, labour costs, employment, health care expenditure etc
    Eurostat, IMF, OECD, UN, World Bank etc
  • Centre for Interaction Data Estimation and Research - home to workplace - and migration statistics – from one geographic region to another (WICID) – large matrices
  • Introduction to EDINA & National Data Services

    1. 1. Introduction EDINA & National Data Services Stuart Macdonald NCSR Survey Skills Programme 5 & 6 October, 2010
    2. 2. Data Library -
    3. 3. Data Library Resources  Large-scale social science survey data  Country and regional level time series data  Population and Agricultural Census data  Data for mapping  Resources for teaching  Opening hours - 9.30am – 5.30pm (Tues & Thurs) 5 Buccleuch Place, 2nd floor Tel.: 0131 651 1431 or 0131 651 1744 Email:
    4. 4. Applied Quantitative Methods Network (AQMeN) -  The Applied Quantitative Methods Network (AQMeN) is led by a team of academics from eight Universities in Scotland. It is a three year project funded jointly by the ESRC and the Scottish Funding Council (SFC) as part of the ESRC Quantitative Methods Initiative.  The main objective is to build capacity in the use of quantitative methods amongst the social science community in Scotland and beyond.  Data Library host and manage the AQMeN website  AQMeN provide access to: data analysis tools; software; teaching resources; data resources, research skills, communication and dissemination resources  Plus links to training & events and an online discussion forum
    5. 5. • Mission statement: “ enhance the productivity of research, learning and teaching in UK higher and further education..” • Networked access to a range of online resources for UK FE and HE • Services free at the point of use for use by staff and students in learning, teaching and research through institutional subscription • Focus is on service but also undertake R&D (projects  services)  delivers about 20 online services  has about 10 major projects (including services in development)  employs about 80 staff (Edinburgh & St Helens) EDINA National Data Centre –
    6. 6. UKBORDERS –
    7. 7. EDINA Digimap -
    8. 8. UK Data Archive – Founded in 1967 and based at the University of Essex ESRC / JISC-funded Houses several thousand social science and humanities datasets Provides resource discovery and support for secondary use of quantitative and qualitative data in learning, teaching and research. More recently it has worked with environmental and medical data sources. Services provided include: • Economic and Social Data Service • History Data Service • UK Census portal • Secure Data Service • Survey Question Bank
    9. 9. The ESDS is a distributed service, based on a collaboration between four key centres of expertise: • UK Data Archive (UKDA), University of Essex • Institute for Social and Economic Research (ISER) , University of Essex • Manchester Information and Associated Services (MIMAS), University of Manchester • Cathie Marsh Centre for Census and Survey Research (CCSR), University of Manchester It provides an integrated service offering enhanced support for the secondary use of qualitative and quantitative data across the research, learning and teaching communities Economic and Social Data Service -
    10. 10. The Samples of Anonymised Records (SARs) are a sample of individual person-level records drawn from the 1991 and 2001 Census databases that have been anonymised. Each file contains a broad range of socio- demographic characteristics for respondents. Interaction data involve flows of individuals in the UK between origins and destinations. These flows are either the residential migrations of individuals from one place of usual residence to another or of commuters making journeys from home to workplace via CIDER Longitudinal studies are data sources that contain observations of the same research units over a period of time – e.g. ONS Longitudinal Study of England and Wales, Scottish Longitudinal Study – linking census data to vital statistics via CELSIUS
    11. 11. Pics from Flickr (creative commons attribution) – credits include: D Sharon Pruitt Thank You