UK Data Archive: 1960s
Article dated: 25 May 2017
As part of our series of short articles 'A decade in 50 words' we take a look at the 1960s:
1967. The floppy disc is invented and the Data Bank (the Archive) opens at the University of Essex. Director Professor Allen Potter announces this development in social science as "probably the most important of the next generation." Data arrive on punch cards, covering 'intriguing questions' such as "Did you go on a school visit to a coal mine?"