All about the UK Data Service
Louise Corti
UK Data Service
UK Data Archive
University of Essex
UKSG 37th Annual Conference...
What is the UK Data Service?
• a comprehensive resource funded by the
Economic and Social Research Council
(ESRC)
• a sing...
UK Data Service
ukdataservice.ac.uk
Integrates ESDS, Survey
Question Bank and
Census.ac.uk
What does the UK Data Service do?
• put together a collection of the most valuable data and
enhance these over time
• pres...
Who is it for?
• academic researchers and students
• government analysts
• charities and foundations
• business consultant...
Our data portfolio
UK Surveys InternationalLongitudinal
Large-scale
government
funded surveys
Census Business
Major UK
sur...
Key data
UK survey series
• high quality repeated cross-sectional surveys
• Individual or household level data
• cover many topics ...
Cross-national surveys
• Eurobarometers
• European Social Survey
• European Values Survey
• International Social Survey Pr...
Longitudinal studies
• British Household Panel Survey and Understanding
Society
• Understanding Society (2009-)
• English ...
International macrodata
• time series data aggregated to
country/region
• International governmental
organisations (IMF, O...
UK census data
• 1971-2011 census data
• baseline for other statistics
• detailed combinations of characteristics
• small ...
Business data
• Collected through a wide range of surveys, and
administrative sources:
• productivity
• innovation
• workf...
Qualitative data
Qualitative data in a number of different formats: interview
transcripts, visual data, focus groups, essa...
Where are the data from?
• official agencies - mainly central government
• international statistical time series
• individ...
Links with other data archives worldwide
Some statistics about our Service
Data for research and teaching purposes, used in all
sectors and by many different disci...
How to search for data?
discover.ukdataservice.ac.uk/
Variable and question search
discover.ukdataservice.ac.uk/variables
Data access
• web access to data and metadata
• data are freely available for use by all. Charges may
apply for commercial...
Accessing data – step by step
• register with us via UK Federation using local credentials
(we also issue Federation accou...
Open data collections
Census - Open Government Licence
• InFUSE - 2011 and 2001 Census aggregate statistics
Survey data - ...
Online instant data browsing
Nesstar social surveys
.stat aggregate global indicators
InFUSE aggregate census data
QualiBa...
Online analysis using Nesstar
• browse detailed information (metadata) and
data online
• do simple data analysis and visua...
Nesstar: British Social Attitudes - Pay gap
Nesstar: GHS - Age started smoking
Nesstar: BCS – Main cause of crime
Nesstar: GHS - time series
Nesstar: mapping OLS 2013
.stat: UN COMTRADE, 2008
French snail imports
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1000
2000
3000
4000
5000
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7000
8000
9000
G
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InFuse
QualiBank
What do users do with the data ?
• Comparative research, restudy or follow-up study
• Re-analysis/secondary analysis
• Res...
Evidence of access and re-use
User access information
• collect user information and ‘projects’ upon registration
• collat...
Impactful case studies of use
• Identify and seek out case studies of re-use: research or
teaching.
• Very successful!
• 1...
Making our data citable
• Use APA citation style for data
• DateCite DOIs for our collections (over 6000)
• Robust version...
Fine-grained citation
• Use APA citation style for paragraph level citation in
QualiBank
Citation: raising awareness in the social
sciences
• ESRC funding for short-term project on citation
• Advocacy for best p...
Making
Expert advice on managing and sharing
• Supporting the ESRC Data Policy since 1995
• Advise and support ESRC grant applica...
Data sharing – a shared responsibility
• Funders: provide policies, mandates and some infrastructure
funding
• Researchers...
Our managing and sharing data resources
• Online best practice guidance: ukdataservice.ac.uk/manage-data
• Managing and Sh...
UK Data Archive - digital data preservation
experts
• certified to ISO27001 for Information Security
• Data Seal of Approv...
EPrints self-deposit repository
User support and resources
• help desk, individual user support
• promotional events/ workshops
• webinars
• case studies
...
Keep connected
• Subscribe to UK Data Service list:
www.jiscmail.ac.uk/cgi-
bin/webadmin?A0=UKDATASERVICE
• Follow UK Data...
Help
Contact
Louise Corti
UK Data Service
corti@essex.ac.uk
01206 872145
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  1. 1. All about the UK Data Service Louise Corti UK Data Service UK Data Archive University of Essex UKSG 37th Annual Conference, Harrogate 14-16 April 2014
  2. 2. What is the UK Data Service? • a comprehensive resource funded by the Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC) • a single point of access to a wide range of secondary social science data • support, training and guidance throughout the data life cycle • listen to our recorded webinars at http://ukdataservice.ac.uk/news-and- events/videos.aspx
  3. 3. UK Data Service ukdataservice.ac.uk Integrates ESDS, Survey Question Bank and Census.ac.uk
  4. 4. What does the UK Data Service do? • put together a collection of the most valuable data and enhance these over time • preserve data in the long term for future research purposes • make the data and documentation available for reuse • provide data management advice for data creators • provide support for users of the service • information about how data are used • easy access through website
  5. 5. Who is it for? • academic researchers and students • government analysts • charities and foundations • business consultants • independent research centres • think tanks • citizen scientists, where skills enable analysis
  6. 6. Our data portfolio UK Surveys InternationalLongitudinal Large-scale government funded surveys Census Business Major UK surveys following individuals over time Multi-nation aggregate databanks and survey data Range of multimedia qualitative data sources Census data 1971 – 2011 Microdata and administrative data Qualitative
  7. 7. Key data
  8. 8. UK survey series • high quality repeated cross-sectional surveys • Individual or household level data • cover many topics including health, work, crime, social attitudes, family expenditure, living costs, housing etc. • Labour Force Survey • British Crime Survey • Health Survey for England • British Social Attitudes • Annual Population Survey ….
  9. 9. Cross-national surveys • Eurobarometers • European Social Survey • European Values Survey • International Social Survey Programme
  10. 10. Longitudinal studies • British Household Panel Survey and Understanding Society • Understanding Society (2009-) • English Longitudinal Study of Ageing • Families and Children Study • Growing Up in Scotland • Longitudinal Study of Young People in England
  11. 11. International macrodata • time series data aggregated to country/region • International governmental organisations (IMF, OECD, IEA, World Bank) • wide range of socio-economic topics • regularly updated • currently limited to UK HE/FE institutions • World Bank data are open access
  12. 12. UK census data • 1971-2011 census data • baseline for other statistics • detailed combinations of characteristics • small geographies • Census outputs • aggregate data • boundary data • flow data • microdata • aggregate data is open access • some restricted to UK HE/FE
  13. 13. Business data • Collected through a wide range of surveys, and administrative sources: • productivity • innovation • workforce skills • earnings • international trade • foreign direct investment • research and development • business demography • industrial relations • Largely collected using the sampling frame of the Inter- Departmental Business Register
  14. 14. Qualitative data Qualitative data in a number of different formats: interview transcripts, visual data, focus groups, essays, diaries, online data, observation notes, documents, audio data, open- ended survey questions, case notes etc. Examples of sociology data collections: • Family Life and Work Experience before 1918, Middle and Upper Class Families in the Early 20th Century, 1870-1977 (SN 5404) • Gender Difference, Anxiety and the Fear of Crime, 1995 (SN 4581) • Mothers Alone: Poverty and the Fatherless Family, 1955-1966 (SN 5072) • Affluent Worker in the Class Structure, 1961-1962 (SN 6512)
  15. 15. Where are the data from? • 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
  16. 16. Links with other data archives worldwide
  17. 17. Some statistics about our Service Data for research and teaching purposes, used in all sectors and by many different disciplines • 6,000 datasets in the collection • 400 new datasets and new editions added within last 12 months • 25,000 registered users • 60,000 downloads worldwide per annum • 4000+ user support queries per annum
  18. 18. How to search for data? discover.ukdataservice.ac.uk/
  19. 19. Variable and question search discover.ukdataservice.ac.uk/variables
  20. 20. Data access • web access to data and metadata • data are freely available for use by all. Charges may apply for commercial use • data available under 3 access levels: open, safeguarded and controlled • • data supplied in a variety of formats • statistical package formats (e.g. SPSS, Stata) • databases and spreadsheets • word processed documents, PDF documents etc. • some data also available via online data browsing
  21. 21. Accessing data – step by step • register with us via UK Federation using local credentials (we also issue Federation accounts) • agree to an End User Licence (EUL) • appropriate data usage • full citation of data and informing us of re-use • select data from the Discover Data Catalogue using ‘Download/Order’ button • where data are safeguarded - specify a project for which the data is to be used • download data to local machine in preferred format
  22. 22. Open data collections Census - Open Government Licence • InFUSE - 2011 and 2001 Census aggregate statistics Survey data - Open Government Licence • Nesstar - cutdown teaching datasets Qualitative datasets – CC4 BY NC • QualiBank - life story interviews, essays, WWII reports Aggregate global indicators – bespoke open data license • .STAT - World Bank Millennium Development goals
  23. 23. Online instant data browsing Nesstar social surveys .stat aggregate global indicators InFUSE aggregate census data QualiBank qualitative data
  24. 24. Online analysis using Nesstar • browse detailed information (metadata) and data online • do simple data analysis and visualisation on microdata • bookmark analysis • download the appropriate subset of data in one of a number of formats (e.g. SPSS, Excel)
  25. 25. Nesstar: British Social Attitudes - Pay gap
  26. 26. Nesstar: GHS - Age started smoking
  27. 27. Nesstar: BCS – Main cause of crime
  28. 28. Nesstar: GHS - time series
  29. 29. Nesstar: mapping OLS 2013
  30. 30. .stat: UN COMTRADE, 2008 French snail imports 0 1000 2000 3000 4000 5000 6000 7000 8000 9000 G reeceR om aniaTurkeyPolandB elgiumH ungary C zech Rep. IndonesiaLithuania B osnia HerzegovinaC yprusB ulgaria Italy M adagascar Syria U nited K ingdom Tradevalue,US$thousands Graph: Celia Russell
  31. 31. InFuse
  32. 32. QualiBank
  33. 33. What do users do with the data ? • Comparative research, restudy or follow-up study • Re-analysis/secondary analysis • Research design and methodological advancement • Replication of published statistics • Teaching and learning
  34. 34. Evidence of access and re-use User access information • collect user information and ‘projects’ upon registration • collate data and documentation download statistics • users can share project information for others to see • report data access stats on demand Usage information • email all users every 6 months after registration about activity • manually add all research outputs references to the data record • reporting rate of publications is poor! • prior to DOIs, scanned citation literature for dataset mentions – very manual and unreliable, and poorly cited
  35. 35. Impactful case studies of use • Identify and seek out case studies of re-use: research or teaching. • Very successful! • 140 case studies in our database • can help provide impact stories for data owners/producers and users • and can inspire others! • some are harvested by ESRC for their website • often include ongoing work – no need to wait for publications
  36. 36. Making our data citable • Use APA citation style for data • DateCite DOIs for our collections (over 6000) • Robust version control methodology using jump page
  37. 37. Fine-grained citation • Use APA citation style for paragraph level citation in QualiBank
  38. 38. Citation: raising awareness in the social sciences • ESRC funding for short-term project on citation • Advocacy for best practice • Audiences • professional organisations • academic publishers and journal editors • researchers and postgraduates • Key activities • data citation principles for social sciences • outreach and personal communications • Some way to go!
  39. 39. Making
  40. 40. Expert advice on managing and sharing • Supporting the ESRC Data Policy since 1995 • Advise and support ESRC grant applicants and award holders • Write guidance for applicants and Data Management Planning (DMP) reviewers • Provide detailed training • Provide self-deposit repository environment
  41. 41. Data sharing – a shared responsibility • Funders: provide policies, mandates and some infrastructure funding • Researchers: create, manage and use data • Departments/centres: provide local support and some infrastructure • Institutions: provide a supporting framework • grant-application and funding support • research integrity framework • IT and data storage facilities • Data management guidance and training • Clarify roles and responsibilities early on
  42. 42. Our managing and sharing data resources • Online best practice guidance: ukdataservice.ac.uk/manage-data • Managing and Sharing Research Data – a Guide to Good Practice: www.uk.sagepub.com/books/9781446267264 (SAGE Publications) • Helpdesk for all queries: ukdataservice.ac.uk/help/get-in-touch.aspx • Training programme
  43. 43. UK Data Archive - digital data preservation experts • certified to ISO27001 for Information Security • Data Seal of Approval (DSA) accredited • undertake long-term data curation and preservation • deeply involved in international preservation planning and accreditation activities www.data-archive.ac.uk/curate
  44. 44. EPrints self-deposit repository
  45. 45. User support and resources • help desk, individual user support • promotional events/ workshops • webinars • case studies • teaching data and resources • user guides/ thematic guides • online data analysis • advice on creating and managing data
  46. 46. Keep connected • Subscribe to UK Data Service list: www.jiscmail.ac.uk/cgi- bin/webadmin?A0=UKDATASERVICE • Follow UK Data Service on Twitter: @UKDataService • Facebook • Youtube: www.youtube.com/user/UKDATASERVICE
  47. 47. Help
  48. 48. Contact Louise Corti UK Data Service corti@essex.ac.uk 01206 872145

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