Planning, appraising, ingesting and documenting social science data

27 November 2013
University of Essex

When it comes to dealing with the ever increasing commitments of research data, the UK Data Service continues to see institutions struggle with the challenges of domain specificity, in particular, how to treat social science data.

How do we help our local researchers cost, plan and manage social science data effectively and following best practice? How do we then appraise, ingest, curate and make accessible that mixed bag of data that a social scientist might have created? How can we effectively demonstrate the impact of sharing?

In this workshop we will showcase our collaborative support and training materials that are being used to support:

  • research support staff who face dealing with ensuring compliance with data management responsibilities set out in almost all research applications (as well as persuading them it's the right thing to do)
  • institutional repository managers now charged with appraising, ingesting, describing and managing social science research data created by local academics.

In this one-day workshop participants will get to hear about and try our exercises on:

  • costing short and longer-term data management
  • appraising and inspecting data for social science research, including assessing disclosure risk and determining suitable access pathways
  • assembling meaningful documentation and sufficient context for data collections
  • creating high quality metadata records for data that comply with international social science archival practice

The cost includes all workshop materials plus refreshments and lunch: UK students: £30; UK academic staff (including research centres), ESRC researchers, voluntary and public sectors staff: £60; commercial and others: £150.


Participants should be actively working with planning, storing and sharing data for use in social science research. This course is unsuitable 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.


On 28 and 29 November 2013, following this workshop, the UK Data Archive is running a two-day event How to set up and run a data service: the challenges of social science data, a once-a-year opportunity to go behind the scenes and learn first hand from specialists at the UK Data Archive. The workshop is aimed at those who are actively working with storing and sharing data or use in social science research or plan to in the near future.


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