Workshop: Exploring Household Energy Data in South Africa

28 January 2016
Cape Town, South Africa

The Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC) and South Africa's National Research Foundation (NRF) issued a call last year for International Centre Partnerships. The UK Data Archive (part of the UK Data Service) and DataFirst were successful with their bid. Our proposal envisaged a collaborative research and data compilation project in the area of household energy data. A short description of the project is available on the UK Data Service website. A large focus of the project is to deal with the challenges of 'big' and complex data. This includes:

  • confidentiality, legal and ethical issues: this is particularly important in relation to administrative data, but applies also to local level census and Demographic Surveillance Site data
  • size and complexity: South African social scientists are not accustomed to analysing municipal datasets of this size; combining data from different sources raises analysis issues of a different type
  • data quality - missing data, data errors and provenance: how do you identify errors? how do you deal with them?

The focus of this workshop is to kick start this process in South Africa. The aim is to identify potential data sources and research projects that can feature as demonstrators.


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