I am here to tell you about the datasets programme across the BL and in the Social Sciences team, There have been rapid changes in the digital landscape which has led to people generating and sharing ever increasing volumes of data. We refer to collections of data as datasets. While the nature of datasets varies across disciplines, researchers within each discipline typically agree on what constitutes a dataset for them. Examples of datasets include (1) example of volcanic data (2) cluster of chromosomes inside a breast cancer cell (3) uk poll of voting intention (blue cons, red labour, yellow liberal) Within the Dataset Programme, we consider a dataset to be an organised collection of digital objects that is produced or consumed during research. We emphasise the role that the dataset plays in the research activity, its importance to researchers, its impact, and its potential for reuse. Despite the differing nature of datasets, many of the services required by researchers are shared, such as methods of citation, discovery, and preservation.
So why focus on datasets? Data is the foundation for research It is an essential component of the scientific record. Time-consuming, costly to produce. Re-acquisition may be impossible. Therefore essential that it is preserved and shared.
Example Project 3 – Resource Discovery The BL is developing improved discovery services by deploying the Primo system from Ex Libris. We are investigating ways of including datasets alongside of other catalogue material such as articles and monographs. Now you can see how this works together with DataCite. There is a link next to the dataset that shows that you can get it as an on-line resource. This link uses the DataCite DOI. If we follow it, the DOI system takes us directly to the dataset. The same mechanism is also being used to link to articles and datasets in Elsevier's ScienceDirect and Thompson-Reuters Web of Science.
The types of data linked to include Data from ESDS/UKDA, UK government data, regional and local government data, international organisations etc.
Kings presentation nov 2012
Digital Social Science November 2012 John Kaye – Lead Curator Digital Social Scienceshttp://www.slideshare.net/johnkayebl
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. 2
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. 3
Economic and Social Data Service - (ESDS)Data search and downloadResearch method guidesThematic guidesOnline analysis 6
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 Banks 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 7
Other Sources of Data – EDiNA - Spatial DataGo Geo! Searchhttp://www.gogeo.ac.uk/cgi-bin/index.cgiEdina Digimap andUK Bordershttp://edina.ac.uk/digimap/http://edina.ac.uk/ukborders/ 8
Other Sources of Data – Other Spatial Data Landmap http://landmap.mimas.ac.uk/Ordanance Survey Open Datahttp://www.ordnancesurvey.co.uk/oswebsite/products/os-opendata.htm 9
UK Government Open Datahttp://data.gov.uk/Admin and Statistical data portalOffice for National Statisticshttp://www.statistics.gov.uk/default.asphttp://www.neighbourhood.statistics.gov.uk/dissemination/https://www.nomisweb.co.uk/Default.aspNational Digital Archive of Datasetshttp://www.ndad.nationalarchives.gov.uk/Regional Governmenthttp://data.london.gov.uk/ 10
Other Sources of Data – International OrganisationsUnited Nationshttp://data.un.org/European Unionhttp://epp.eurostat.ec.europa.eu/portal/page/portal/eurostat/home/OECDhttp://www.oecd.org/statsportal/World Bankhttp://data.worldbank.org/IMFhttp://www.imf.org/external/data.htm 11
Examples of Other Sources of DataArts and Humanities data Service (AHDS)http://ahds.ac.ukGuardian Data Storehttp://www.guardian.co.uk/data-storeFinancial Timeshttp://www.ft.com/home/ukEconomist Intelligence Unithttp://www.eiu.com/Default.aspxWeb Archivehttp://www.webarchive.org.uk/ukwa/ 12
Online Mapping Tools using Google MapsMapTubehttp://www.maptube.org/Google Fusion Tableshttp://www.google.com/fusiontables/Home/Gmap Creatorhttp://www.casa.ucl.ac.uk/software/gmapcreator.asp 15
Data VisualizationPresenting data in auseful and interestingmannerAllowing concepts tobe easily understoodLots of examples onlinee.g:http://flowingdata.com/http://datavisualization.ch/http://www.guardian.co.uk/news/datablog 16
Why identify, deposit and Cite? – IMPACT!http://impactstory.org/ 20
John KayeLead Curator – Digital Social ScienceSocials Sciences The British Library96 Euston Road LondonNW1 2DBTelephone: 020 7412 7450Email: email@example.comTwitter: @johnkayeblhttp://britishlibrary.typepad.co.uk/socialscience/ 21