Social Science Datasets
November 2010
John Kaye – Social Sciences Dataset Lead
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Datasets Presentation
 British Library Datasets Programme
 MBS Resources
 Economic and Social Data Service
 Other So...
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The British Library, 2010
©British Library Photographic
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Collections now
150 million items 625 km shelves 12 km p.a. growth
Most known languages Ancient to modern
Conferences
Ne...
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Gate Openers to Content
“ We exist for everyone who
wants to do research – for
academic, personal or
commercial purposes...
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What is a dataset?
 Seismic measurements taken by a
geologist.
 Genetic data collected by a medical
researcher.
 A su...
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The Foundation for Research
 Data is a crucial component of the scholarly record.
 Re-acquisition may be impossible
 ...
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The Datasets Programme
We envision a future where researchers can:
 Discover, access, reuse, and reference
datasets.
 ...
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Search Our Catalogue
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Search Our Catalogue (Portals)
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Projects – Search Our Catalogue (Portals)
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Resource Guides
Topical Bibliographies and Dataset Resource Guides are
currently in production
http://www.bl.uk/reshelp...
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Management and Business Studies Resources
Topical Bibliographies available on the MBS Portal
http://www.mbsportal.bl.uk...
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Economic and Social Data Service - (ESDS)
http://www.esds.ac.uk/
ESDS Government
 large-scale government surveys, suc...
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Economic and Social Data Service - (ESDS)
Data search and download
Research method guides
Thematic guides
Online an...
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Other Sources of Data – Spatial Data
Go Geo! Search
http://www.gogeo.ac.uk/cgi-bin/index.cgi
Edina Digimap and UK Borde...
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Other Sources of Data – UK Government
Open Data - More data is becoming freely available around the world
http://data.g...
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Other Sources of Data – International Organisations
United Nations
http://data.un.org/
European Union
http://epp.eurost...
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Examples of Other Sources of Data
Guardian Data Store
http://www.guardian.co.uk/data-store
Financial Times
http://www.f...
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Analysis Tools and Software
SPSS, SATA
ArcGIS, MapInfo, IDRISI
Excel
Online Tools
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Examples of Online Analysis Tools
ESDS NESSTAR
http://nesstar.esds.ac.uk
ESDS Spatial Tools
http://www.ccsr.ac.uk/esds/...
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Data Visualisation
Presenting data in a
useful and interesting
manner
Allowing concepts to be
easlity understood
Sta...
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Data Visualisation – NYC Complaints to govt helpline
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Data Visualisation – Mobile Industry Lawsuits
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Citing Data
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DataCite
DataCite is an international consortium which
aims to:
 Establish easier access to research data on
the Inter...
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A Key Component for Many Goals
Make
Visible
Find
Access
Track
Impact
Verify
Reuse
Cite
?
Persistent
Identification
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Digital Object Identifiers (DOIs)
offer a solution
Mostly widely used identifier for
scientific articles
Researchers,...
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Depositing and Archiving Data
Why Archive?
Institutional Repositories
UK Data Archive
Metadata and Code!
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John Kaye
Lead Content Specialist – Datasets
Social Science Collections and Research
The British Library
96 Euston Road...
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  • The types of data linked to include Data from ESDS/UKDA, UK government data, regional and local government data, international organisations etc.
  • Example Project 1 – DataCite
    Our long term vision is to support researchers by providing methods for them to locate, identify, and cite research datasets with confidence.
  • DataCite 2
    We see Persistent identification as a key component for this…
    It allows data to be verified, discovered, accessed, reused, cited and tracked,
  • How does datacite work?
    The approach that DataCite is taking – using DOIs - has some important social benefits.
    Researchers, authors, publishers are comfortable, understand, and know how to use them.
    They put datasets on a level playing field with articles.
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    1. 1. Social Science Datasets November 2010 John Kaye – Social Sciences Dataset Lead
    2. 2. 2 Datasets Presentation  British Library Datasets Programme  MBS Resources  Economic and Social Data Service  Other Sources of Data  Analysis Tools  Data Visualization  Citing Data  Depositing and Archiving
    3. 3. 3 The British Library, 2010 ©British Library Photographic
    4. 4. 4 Collections now 150 million items 625 km shelves 12 km p.a. growth Most known languages Ancient to modern Conferences Newspapers Grey lit Patents Paintings Magazines Official Publications Wax cylinders Sound Talks IOR BIPC Photographs Oral history e-publications Fanzines Manuscripts Websites IGOs Maps and atlases Weapons Models Research reports Books Music scores Bread books Exhibitions
    5. 5. 5 Gate Openers to Content “ We exist for everyone who wants to do research – for academic, personal or commercial purposes” The British Library's mission and vision, as expressed in our strategy for 2005 - 2008. ©British Library Photographic
    6. 6. 6 What is a dataset?  Seismic measurements taken by a geologist.  Genetic data collected by a medical researcher.  A survey of public opinions collected by a sociologist.
    7. 7. 7 The Foundation for Research  Data is a crucial component of the scholarly record.  Re-acquisition may be impossible  Datasets are essential to the British Library’s mission to advance the World’s knowledge.
    8. 8. 8 The Datasets Programme We envision a future where researchers can:  Discover, access, reuse, and reference datasets.  Track the impact of the data that they generate and receive appropriate credit. Our approach is to:  Provide a focus for the community to establish needs, requirements and agreement.  Explore novel technology and creative solutions.
    9. 9. 9 Search Our Catalogue
    10. 10. 10 Search Our Catalogue (Portals)
    11. 11. 11 Projects – Search Our Catalogue (Portals)
    12. 12. 12 Resource Guides Topical Bibliographies and Dataset Resource Guides are currently in production http://www.bl.uk/reshelp/findhelpsubject/socsci/topbib/bibliographies Quantitative methods in social research (Published) Management and Business Studies (Published) Soon to be published:  Sport and Society and Olympics  Food Studies  International organisations  UK government data
    13. 13. 13 Management and Business Studies Resources Topical Bibliographies available on the MBS Portal http://www.mbsportal.bl.uk/taster/subjareas/resmethods/bl/116 166datasets_MBS_SA.pdf Guide to using ESDS UK National Government Resources UK regional Government Resources International Organsisations Data Other Datasets for Business and Finance Research Methods Resources
    14. 14. 14 Economic and Social Data Service - (ESDS) http://www.esds.ac.uk/ ESDS Government  large-scale government surveys, such as the Labour Force Survey and the General Household Survey  ESDS International  multi-nation databanks, such as World Bank's World Development Indicators, and survey data including Eurobarometer  ESDS Longitudinal  major UK surveys following individuals over time, such as the British Household Panel Survey  ESDS Qualidata  a range of multimedia qualitative data sources
    15. 15. 15 Economic and Social Data Service - (ESDS) Data search and download Research method guides Thematic guides Online analysis Survey Question Bank http://surveynet.ac.uk/sqb/
    16. 16. 16 Other Sources of Data – Spatial Data Go Geo! Search http://www.gogeo.ac.uk/cgi-bin/index.cgi Edina Digimap and UK Borders http://edina.ac.uk/digimap/ http://edina.ac.uk/ukborders/ Experian Mosaic data (Geodemographics/Market Research) http://cdu.mimas.ac.uk/experian/index.htm Landmap http://landmap.mimas.ac.uk/
    17. 17. 17 Other Sources of Data – UK Government Open Data - More data is becoming freely available around the world http://data.gov.uk/ Office for National Statistics http://www.statistics.gov.uk/default.asp http://www.neighbourhood.statistics.gov.uk/dissemination/ https://www.nomisweb.co.uk/Default.asp National Digital Archive of Datasets http://www.ndad.nationalarchives.gov.uk/ Census Data – casweb http://casweb.mimas.ac.uk/ Regional Government http://data.london.gov.uk/
    18. 18. 18 Other Sources of Data – International Organisations United Nations http://data.un.org/ European Union http://epp.eurostat.ec.europa.eu/portal/page/portal/eurostat/home/ OECD http://www.oecd.org/statsportal/ World Bank http://data.worldbank.org/ IMF http://www.imf.org/external/data.htm
    19. 19. 19 Examples of Other Sources of Data Guardian Data Store http://www.guardian.co.uk/data-store Financial Times http://www.ft.com/home/uk Economist Intelligence Unit http://www.eiu.com/Default.aspx Web Archive http://www.webarchive.org.uk/ukwa/
    20. 20. 20 Analysis Tools and Software SPSS, SATA ArcGIS, MapInfo, IDRISI Excel Online Tools
    21. 21. 21 Examples of Online Analysis Tools ESDS NESSTAR http://nesstar.esds.ac.uk ESDS Spatial Tools http://www.ccsr.ac.uk/esds/gis/ Economists Online Dataverse http://dvn.iq.harvard.edu/dvn/dv/NEEO United Nations http://data.un.org/Explorer.aspx CASA – Gmap Creator http://www.casa.ucl.ac.uk/software/gmapcreator.asp
    22. 22. 22 Data Visualisation Presenting data in a useful and interesting manner Allowing concepts to be easlity understood Static and Interactive Lots of examples online e.g: http://flowingdata.com/ http://datavisualization.ch/ http://www.guardian.co.uk/news/datablog Flowing Data Bubble Charts
    23. 23. 23 Data Visualisation – NYC Complaints to govt helpline
    24. 24. 24 Data Visualisation – Mobile Industry Lawsuits
    25. 25. 25 Citing Data
    26. 26. 26 DataCite DataCite is an international consortium which aims to:  Establish easier access to research data on the Internet  Increase acceptance of research data as legitimate, citable contributions to the scholarly record  Support data archiving that will permit results to be verified and re-purposed for future study  http://datacite.org/
    27. 27. 27 A Key Component for Many Goals Make Visible Find Access Track Impact Verify Reuse Cite ? Persistent Identification
    28. 28. 28 Digital Object Identifiers (DOIs) offer a solution Mostly widely used identifier for scientific articles Researchers, authors, publishers know how to use them Put datasets on the same playing field as articles Connecting an Article with the Underlying Data Dataset Yancheva et al (2007). Analyses on sediment of Lake Maar. PANGAEA. doi:10.1594/PANGAEA.587840 URLs are not persistent (e.g. Wren JD: URL decay in MEDLINE- a 4-year follow-up study. Bioinformatics. 2008, Jun 1;24(11):1381-5).  
    29. 29. 29 Depositing and Archiving Data Why Archive? Institutional Repositories UK Data Archive Metadata and Code!
    30. 30. 30 John Kaye Lead Content Specialist – Datasets Social Science Collections and Research The British Library 96 Euston Road London NW1 2DB Telephone: 020 7412 7450 Email: john.kaye@bl.uk Twitter: @johnkayebl datasets@bl.uk Slides - http://www.slideshare.net/johnkayebl
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