How to set up and run a data service: the challenges of social science data

8 - 9 November 2012
UK Data Archive, University of Essex

This is a once-a-year opportunity to go behind the scenes and learn first hand from specialists at the UK Data Archive.

how to set up and run an archive

Over one and a half days, 8 and 9 November 2012, participants will learn about the strategies and practices used in the Archive's daily work, with a focus on storing and sharing social science data, including microdata, aggregate, qualitative and historical data.

The Archive has over 40 years experience in selecting, ingesting, curating and providing access to data. We are a designated Place of Deposit for The National Archives and are internationally acknowledged experts in this field.

Programme overview

  • Day 1: An introduction to the Archive plus an overview of acquiring, processing and documenting data, including a hands-on session on data management planning
  • Day 2: An overview of data access, including secure data, user support and data preservation and security

Both days will include optional specialist surgeries, which will give participants the opportunity to engage with Archive experts about specific needs and interests.

See the link below for complete programme details.


Participants should be actively working with storing and sharing data for use in social science research, or plan to in the near future. This course is unlikely to be suitable for undergraduate or postgraduate students unless working specifically in a data archiving environment.


A certificate of attendance will be issued on completion of the workshop.


£250 - includes all workshop materials plus coffee, lunch, drinks reception and evening meal on Day 1 and coffee on Day 2.

The fee is non-refundable unless notice of cancellation is received at least five working days before the event.


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The Digital Preservation Coalition (DPC) will be supporting two fully funded scholarships to attend this workshop. Sponsorship applications are welcomed from DPC members and associates. The scholarship covers tuition fees, course materials, access to online resources, lunch and refreshments. Successful scholarship applicants will be asked to help promote the course and the work of the coalition.

If applying for a scholarship, please mention this on the workshop application and also if your attendance is dependent on winning a scholarship.

The deadline for sponsorship applications is Monday 1 October 2012.

To apply

Complete the online application form including your preferences first and second choices for optional specialist surgeries I and II. We shall evaluate your application and confirm your place within five working days.

Please note that places are limited. The deadline for applications is Friday 5 October 2012.

If you have questions, or are concerned about financial hardship, contact the Communications Team.

Booking is now closed.


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