Introduction to the University Data Library and national data services


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Presentation by Stuart Macdonald of the Edinburgh University Data Library at the Graduate School of Social and Political Science Induction, 15 and 16 Septeber, 2011, University of Edinburgh

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  • Apps Div – developing computer applications and bespoke computing tool solutions for the university as a whole IT infrastructure – Networks, Audio-visual support, telephony/ISDN connectivity
  • One was because disk storage was a scarce and expensive resource. Researchers wanted and petitioned for centrally-managed university wide provision of access to large-scale datasets, typically the decennial population censuses for Scotland, the annual agricultural censuses for England & Wales and for Scotland, the General Household Surveys and a range of digitized boundaries being used in what was still path-breaking ways to do computerized mapping.
  • Reference interview
  • GEO-REFER – geographical referencing resources for social scientists, Go-Geo!, ESRI Virtual Campus plus Macro and Microdata teaching resources
  • Security, backing up, data storage, data documentation and metadata, file formatting, versioning, preservation and sharing, copyright and ethical concerns, IPR etc
  • 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
  • Thematic user guides – food studies, ethnicity, scotland, introductory guides to using govt surveys for health / crime research user guides for the Beyond 20/20 and CommonGIS, Nesstar WebView, and ESDS Qualidata online data services Statistical software user guides (SPSS, Stata) Dataset guides (as per each of the 4 ESDS areas)
  • Centre for Interaction Data Estimation and Research - home to workplace - and migration statistics – from one geographic region to another (WICID) – large matrices
  • UKBORDERS Digimap Collection Go-Geo! Agcensus Moving pictures and sound services - EIG, newsFilm Online Plus A&I databases The Depot HILT GetRef LOCKSS PePRS
  • 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.
  • SNS will diseminate a range of small area statistics including information on health, education, poverty, unemployment, housing, population, crime and social / community issues at the data zone level and above which support a number of the Governments targets and commitments aimed at closing the gap between disadvantaged areas and the rest of Scotland.
  • Introduction to the University Data Library and national data services

    1. 1. Introduction to the University Data Library and national data services Stuart Macdonald Graduate School of Social & Political Science Induction 15 & 16 September, 2011
    2. 2. EDINA and Data Library within Information Services <ul><li>Divisions </li></ul><ul><li>User Services </li></ul><ul><li>Library and Collections </li></ul><ul><li>IT Infrastructure </li></ul><ul><li>Applications </li></ul><ul><li>EDINA and Data Library </li></ul><ul><li>Digital Curation Centre </li></ul>
    3. 3. What is a data library? <ul><li>A data library refers to both the content and the services that foster use of collections of numeric and/or geospatial data sets for secondary use in research. A data library is normally part of a larger institution (academic, corporate, scientific, medical, governmental, etc.) established to serve the data users of that organisation. </li></ul><ul><li>The data library tends to house local data collections and provides access to them through various means (CD-/DVD-ROMs or central server for download). A data library may also maintain subscriptions to licensed data resources for its users to access. </li></ul>
    4. 4. Data Library: History <ul><li>Established out of the Program Library Unit in early 1980s to provide access to data on mainframes, e.g. 1981 population census data. Was part of EUCS, now Information Services </li></ul><ul><li>Part of long tradition of sharing machine-readable data for secondary analysis in the social sciences </li></ul><ul><li>Became a national data centre as EDINA in 1993 - data library continues University remit </li></ul><ul><ul><li>celebrated 25 th anniversary in 2008 </li></ul></ul>
    5. 5. Data Library - http:// /is/data-library
    6. 6. Data Library Services <ul><li>Finding… </li></ul><ul><li>“ I need to analyse some data for a project, but all I can find are published papers with tables and graphs, not the original data source.” </li></ul><ul><li>Accessing … </li></ul><ul><li>“ I’ve found the data I need, but I’m not sure how to gain access to it.” </li></ul><ul><li>Using … </li></ul><ul><li>“ I’ve got the data I need, but I’m not sure how to analyse it in my chosen software.” </li></ul><ul><li>Managing … </li></ul><ul><li>“ I have collected my own data and I’d like to document and preserve it and make it available to others.” </li></ul><ul><li>Reference Interviews </li></ul>
    7. 7. Data Library Resources <ul><li>Large-scale social science survey data </li></ul><ul><li>Country and regional level time series data </li></ul><ul><li>Population and Agricultural Census data </li></ul><ul><li>Data for mapping </li></ul><ul><li>Resources for teaching </li></ul><ul><li>Opening hours: 9.30am – 5.30pm (Tues & Thurs) </li></ul><ul><li>5 Buccleuch Place, 2 nd floor </li></ul><ul><li>Tel.: 0131 651 1431 or 0131 651 1744 </li></ul><ul><li>Email: </li></ul>
    8. 8. Research Data Management Services <ul><li>Guidance via suite of web pages </li></ul><ul><li>Research data management training: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>JISC-Funded Research Data MANTRA project - http:// /is/data-library-projects/mantra </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Open Educational Resources aimed at PhD students and early career researchers </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Online RDM tutorials, data handling exercises, video interviews </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Content licensed using CC-attribution to allow re-use and re-purposing </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Institutional data repository provision </li></ul><ul><li>Assistance with deposit in national archives </li></ul>
    9. 9. Edinburgh DataShare - http:// /
    10. 10. Applied Quantitative Methods Network (AQMeN) - http:// / <ul><li>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. </li></ul><ul><li>The main objective is to build capacity in the use of quantitative methods amongst the social science community in Scotland and beyond. </li></ul><ul><li>Data Library host and manage the AQMeN website </li></ul><ul><li>AQMeN provide access to: data analysis tools; software; teaching resources; data resources, research skills, communication and dissemination resources </li></ul><ul><li>Plus links to training & events and an online discussion forum </li></ul>
    11. 11. Introduction to National Data Services
    12. 12. UK Data Archive <ul><li>Founded in 1967 and based at the University of Essex </li></ul><ul><li>ESRC / JISC-funded </li></ul><ul><li>Houses several thousand social science and humanities datasets </li></ul><ul><li>Provides resource discovery and support for secondary use of quantitative and qualitative data in learning, teaching and research. </li></ul><ul><li>More recently it has worked with environmental and medical data sources. </li></ul><ul><li>Services provided include: </li></ul><ul><li>Economic and Social Data Service </li></ul><ul><li>History Data Service </li></ul><ul><li>UK Census portal </li></ul><ul><li>Rural Economy and Land Use Programme Data Support Service </li></ul><ul><li>Secure Data Service </li></ul><ul><li>Survey Question Bank </li></ul><ul><li>UKDA StatServe </li></ul>
    13. 13. UKDA - /
    14. 14. <ul><li>The ESDS is a distributed service, based on a collaboration between four key centres of expertise: </li></ul><ul><li>UK Data Archive (UKDA), University of Essex </li></ul><ul><li>Institute for Social and Economic Research (ISER) , University of Essex </li></ul><ul><li>Manchester Information and Associated Services (MIMAS), University of </li></ul><ul><li>Manchester </li></ul><ul><li>Cathie Marsh Centre for Census and Survey Research (CCSR), University of </li></ul><ul><li>Manchester </li></ul><ul><li>It provides an integrated service offering enhanced support for the secondary use of qualitative and quantitative data across the research, learning and teaching communities </li></ul>Economic and Social Data Service
    15. 15. ESDS - http:// /
    16. 16. ESDS features include: Data – full/partial catalogue search, browse by subject, also links to major studies, new releases Support – finding data, online guides, learning and teaching resources, online data analysis tools (NESSTAR), external statistical sources, FAQ Resources – Online data browsing tools, DDI tools, qualitative tools Advice for creating and depositing research data - best practice for ESRC researchers and beyond, preservation guidelines News & Events – workshops, new data, publications (incl. good practice guides)
    17. 17. 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
    18. 19. Casweb - http:// ( NOTE: Casweb soon to be replaced by InFuse - )
    19. 20. <ul><ul><li>Mission statement: “ enhance the productivity of research, learning and teaching in UK higher and further education ..” </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Networked access to a range of online resources for UK FE and HE </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Services free at the point of use for use by staff and students in learning, teaching and research through institutional subscription </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Focus is on service but also undertake R&D (projects  services) </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>delivers about 20 online services </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>has about 10 major projects (including services in development) </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>employs about 80 staff (Edinburgh & St Helens) </li></ul></ul></ul>EDINA National Data Centre – http://
    20. 21. UKBORDERS – http:// /
    21. 22. EDINA Digimap - http:// /
    22. 23. Other non-academic UK data sources <ul><li>National Records of Scotland (NRS) – </li></ul><ul><li> </li></ul><ul><li>Scottish Census Records On-line – </li></ul><ul><li>http:// </li></ul><ul><li>Office for National Statistics (ONS) – </li></ul><ul><li>http:// /hub/ </li></ul><ul><li>ONS Neighbourhood Statistics – </li></ul><ul><li>http:// / </li></ul><ul><li>Scottish Neighbourhood Statistics (SNS) – </li></ul><ul><li>http:// / </li></ul><ul><li>NISRA - http:// / </li></ul><ul><li>Welsh Government Statistics - http:// =en </li></ul>
    23. 24. <ul><li>Pics from Flickr (creative commons attribution) – credits </li></ul><ul><li>include: D Sharon Pruitt </li></ul><ul><li>Thank You </li></ul><ul><li>[email_address] </li></ul><ul><li>[email_address] </li></ul><ul><li>[email_address] </li></ul>