UK Data Service

Lead Research Organisation: University of Essex
Department Name: UK Data Archive

Abstract

The UK Data Service will provide an easy to use, innovative, trusted one-stop-shop for suppliers and users of social science data available in the UK and beyond. Users will come to the UKDS website to search for and browse data collections created by a wide range of data suppliers, including government data, data produced by IGOs and data from ESRC-funded research projects, and will be able to seamlessly access or download data for their own use. The service will rely on user registration to enhance the ability to tailor the service to the needs of individual users and to ensure that all licensing arrangements are correctly managed, but will strongly advocate Open Access to relevantly classified datasets while ensuring that access to personal data is maintained appropriately through the provision of secure access to sensitive data for trusted and Approved researchers.

The UKDS will focus on providing a complete data service infrastructure for the ESRC which will affect the whole of the data life cycle, from creation to re-use and subsequent impact. The service will provide training in research data management and data analysis and support in how to interpret and use the data. It will select only the highest quality and highest value data for long-term preservation and access, it will ensure that relevant materials are provided to maximise the long-term research potential of these data and it will seamlessly interface with institutional repositories. It will provide state of the art resource discovery mechanisms, not just to find data held by the service, but to data and related research outputs held within institutional and other digital repositories.

For the service to provide long-term access to data, the highest levels of digital repository and digital preservation techniques will be applied, and the service will conform to the relevant national and international standards to guarantee the highest level of service. We believe that the service will have a significant public impact: providing access to relevant quality data; influencing data creators; curating the national research data infrastructure; and ensuring that researchers have the highest quality relevant data to work with. The scope of the service is not limited to UK HE/FE. We will supply data to commercial organisations, central and local government, charities, other not-for-profit organisations as well as personal researchers, students and teachers where we are allowed to through licensing restrictions.

The service will work with a wide range of stakeholders to ensure that the greatest level of value for money is provided to the funding council and that there is no wasted resource. Through a targeted communications strategy it will ensure that the benefits of the service and the data which it holds and supplies are publicised to the widest relevant audiences.

Planned Impact

The main beneficiaries of the UKDS will be data creators, data owners, data users (including those who will use data and the Service for either research or teaching and learning), a wide range of funders, and the wider data service-providing community.
* Data owners, whether academic researchers or external organisations will benefit directly as data which they create will be accessible and usable over the long term. Some will benefit directly though our QA and metadata creation activities. They will benefit indirectly as they will not have to manage and curate their data after deposit. UKDS will protect their reputation by ensuring data integrity and allowing research findings to be verified and validated.
* Data creators will gain the same impact as data owners, but additionally will benefit from research data management guidance, which may lower research costs and ensures that data will not need to be recreated, and the availability of methodological documentation which will reduce research costs.
* Data creators and owners will benefit from promotional activities leading to increased visibility though impact stories, lower overheads on answering user enquiries, feedback on data quality and information on data use.
* As data users, researchers will benefit from seamless access to data and support, at no cost, and form an indirect element of policy impact. Secure access will ensure availability of data which would not be accessible otherwise. Teachers and learners will gain from availability of data for teaching and enhanced resources which will improve research methods teaching and advanced training. Users will also benefit from the UKDS's provision of a large and heterogeneous research data collection, inspiring new areas of research.
* Funders: the ESRC is already at the forefront of data provision, driving forward social science research, and providing social, political, and policy impact through the re-use of data. The ESRC will be a direct beneficiary of UKDS as it will widen use and re-use of both data and methodologies improving research quality and lowering costs. It will gain indirectly from quality ingest practices which will prevent future costs of re-ingest and preservation. Benefits will also accrue to the ESRC and the wider community through the delivery and promotion of good practice; indirectly it will benefit from the impact of quality data management training which protects returns on ESRC investments.
The ESRC and the wider community will benefit by the UKDS's promotion of the value of research data integrity and the re-purposing and re-use of data. The UKDS's re-purposing of data for new audiences will benefit the community more generally and increase the audience for data use. The UKDS will assist in enhancing a skills base, through ties to NCRM, DTCs and the ESRC's QM strategy. All stakeholders will benefit by the provision of a national trusted repository infrastructure which influences other data service practitioners.
Other direct benefits will include, the stimulation of new networks and collaborations amongst data users, improving scholarly communication and motivating new research as a result of data availability. It may seem obvious, but the greatest impact of the UKDS will be its ability to provide research opportunities by ensuring data is available on demand.
The benefits discussed here make no account of the potential benefits to the economic and social development of the UK, but data users in this context know no bounds. A researcher in the academy may carry out research on behalf of a government department or the third sector; so the direct benefits to the data user theoretically will become indirect benefits to 'external' parties, like the UKDS.
The actions to realise the benefits and impacts of the service are built into this proposal, some will be able to be quantifiably assessed during the lifetime of the service, and some will rely on case-based evidence.

Publications

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Title 5 Safes animation 
Description Short video describing the principles for providing safe and secure access to confidential and sensitive microdata. 
Type Of Art Film/Video/Animation 
Year Produced 2016 
Impact Using the 5 Safes enables researchers to carry out work that would not usually be possible with anonymised data - a real advantage for researchers, maximising the potential of the data. 
URL https://www.youtube.com/embed/Mln9T52mwj0
 
Description The UKDS incorporates several previously separate data services supported by the ESRC in the UK, including the Census support, the History Data Service, Qualibank and the Survey Question Bank. It successfully gathered these together to form the UKDS which forms a critical part of the UK research infrastructure, operating as a national resource in collecting, ingesting, preserving and providing access, user support and training for a wide variety of key data resources which facilitate UK and international social and economic research.

At the beginning of the award, a full scale organisational restructure took place in 2012 with the beginning of the first UK Data Service award (2012-2017) which aligned the business within the context of the main international standard for digital preservation. A draft IT strategy has been developed to move the UKDS forward for future sustainability and the UKDS commissioned an independent technology review in 2017, detailing the timing, resourcing and specific initiatives for new and novel forms of data. The collaborative partnerships between UK Data Archive (Essex) and the Cathie Marsh Institute and JISC have developed, with the Strategic Leadership Group providing direction.

Some examples of key achievements over the period of the award are detailed below.

A major aim was to offer a strongly user-focused service. This is reflected in increasing numbers of users: In 2016/17 there were over 22,000 registered users, and over 15,000 new registrations. We are also growing our services to all sectors. All of the users of our data are researchers or teachers, and a small proportion of these (c.10%) are from outside the Higher Education Sector in its broadest sense. This small proportion comes from local and central government, the third sector(s) and the general public. Continued improvements to the discovery of research data has driven increased use of our datasets.

Building capacity and training: As a snapshot, in 2016-17 we delivered 108 training sessions, 2 courses, 7 seminars, 30 conferences, and 6 showcases. Our 5 day course for IADS summer school in 2017 was the most popular course to date, filled twice over, and will be run again in 2018. Its USP is in teaching how to approach data science, not just running algorithms and tweaking code, but also an appreciation that data quality and integrity are critical components; and often mistakenly left out of core data science teaching (eg data carpentry).

International impact: the Archive participates in a number of European focused projects including CESSDA-ERIC (Consortium of Social Science Data Archives - European Research Infrastructure Consortium) and Synergies for Europe's Research Infrastructures in the Social Sciences (SERISS). International collaborations include the International Association for Social Science Information Services and Technology where the Archive demonstrates much of its expertise with key stakeholders.

Expertise and leadership: In 2017 the UKDS provided expert input into funders' (ESRC, MRC and Wellcome) efforts to develop a strategy document for tracking citations of their data investments, with UKDA recommending a much high-level level campaign. The UKDS received Platinum certification of open data from the ODI, and a subsequent nomination for the department of the ODI Women in Data award. Leadership can be seen by the 63 seats held on external boards (invited UK and beyond 2016-17). In addition, there were 22 publications and 2 submissions to government consultations in the same year.
Exploitation Route Research Data Centres might follow our processes for access to sensitive data
Government departments might follow our processes for depositing data (https://www.ukdataservice.ac.uk/media/440320/depositsurvey.pdf)
Sectors Digital/Communication/Information Technologies (including Software),Government, Democracy and Justice

URL http://www.ukdataservice.ac.uk
 
Description We can't track every impact that the use of data which we supply access to here.
First Year Of Impact 2012
Sector Government, Democracy and Justice,Other
Impact Types Cultural,Societal,Economic

 
Description Advisory Board, Irish Qualitative Data Archive
Geographic Reach National 
Policy Influence Type Participation in a advisory committee
 
Description Advisory Group Member, Digital Repository of Ireland
Geographic Reach National 
Policy Influence Type Participation in a advisory committee
 
Description CESSDA Trust Group
Geographic Reach Europe 
Policy Influence Type Participation in a advisory committee
Impact The CESSDA Trust Support Group consists of a core group of five persons representing five CESSDA Service Providers with comprehensive experience with certification, as well as a wider group representing all CESSDA members and aspirant members. The goal of the group's activities is to support and advise members and aspirant members in all trust-related issues (DSA, Annex 2, etc.).
URL https://www.cessda.eu/About/Working-Groups
 
Description CLOSER Leadership Team
Geographic Reach National 
Policy Influence Type Participation in a advisory committee
URL https://www.closer.ac.uk/
 
Description Changes to the Crime Survey for England and Wales
Geographic Reach National 
Policy Influence Type Participation in a national consultation
 
Description Concordat on Open Data Working Group
Geographic Reach National 
Policy Influence Type Membership of a guideline committee
Impact The Concordat for Open Research Data was a RCUK initiative in which the UK Data Service Director (Woollard) played a role based on his experience in managing access to a wide range of research data. Staff within the UKDS provided input into elements of the drafts. The first version of the Concordat was endorsed by HEFCE, UUK, RCUK and the Wellcome Trust. The outcome is a government-endorsed policy which promotes the responsible sharing of data, signed by the Right Hon. Jo Johnson, Minister of State for Universities and Science.
URL http://www.rcuk.ac.uk/documents/documents/concordatonopenresearchdata-pdf/
 
Description Core Trust Seal Board
Geographic Reach Multiple continents/international 
Policy Influence Type Membership of a guideline committee
Impact Successor to CoreTrustSeal. International not for profit foundation responsible for standards development and repository review process guidelines and implementation for CoreTrustSeal core Trustworthy Digital Repository (TDR) certification.
URL https://www.coretrustseal.org/why-certification/requirements/
 
Description Data Seal of Approval Board
Geographic Reach Multiple continents/international 
Policy Influence Type Membership of a guideline committee
Impact Precursor to CoreTrustSeal. Handover over standards development and repository review process guidelines and implementation to CoreTrustSeal October 2017.
URL https://www.datasealofapproval.org/en/
 
Description ESRC National Centre for Research Methods (NCRM) Advisory Committee
Geographic Reach National 
Policy Influence Type Participation in a advisory committee
 
Description How to find data in Europe
Geographic Reach Multiple continents/international 
Policy Influence Type Influenced training of practitioners or researchers
 
Description ISO 14721 - Open Archival Information System Review 2017
Geographic Reach Multiple continents/international 
Policy Influence Type Participation in a national consultation
Impact Working with the Digital Preservation Coalition (DPC) on the periodic review of the OAIS reference model, the preeminant model for archives undertaking preservation
URL http://wiki.dpconline.org/index.php?title=OAIS_Community
 
Description Member of CESSDA-ERIC Steering Committee
Geographic Reach Europe 
Policy Influence Type Membership of a guideline committee
 
Description Member, Austrian Social Science Data Archive International Advisory Board
Geographic Reach Europe 
Policy Influence Type Participation in a advisory committee
URL https://aussda.at/
 
Description Member, CESSDA Service Providers Forum
Geographic Reach Europe 
Policy Influence Type Membership of a guideline committee
 
Description Member, CLS Data Access Committee
Geographic Reach National 
Policy Influence Type Participation in a advisory committee
 
Description Member, Consumer Data Research Centre Advisory Board
Geographic Reach National 
Policy Influence Type Participation in a advisory committee
URL https://www.cdrc.ac.uk/about-cdrc/
 
Description Member, DDI Alliance Executive Board
Geographic Reach Multiple continents/international 
Policy Influence Type Membership of a guideline committee
 
Description Member, DDI Training Group
Geographic Reach Multiple continents/international 
Policy Influence Type Participation in a advisory committee
 
Description Member, Data First South Africa International Advisory Board
Geographic Reach Africa 
Policy Influence Type Participation in a advisory committee
URL https://www.datafirst.uct.ac.za/
 
Description Member, Digital Preservation (DPC) Advocacy and Cummunications Sub-committee
Geographic Reach Multiple continents/international 
Policy Influence Type Participation in a advisory committee
URL https://www.dpconline.org/about
 
Description Member, NIH Qualitative Grant International Advisory Board
Geographic Reach Multiple continents/international 
Policy Influence Type Participation in a advisory committee
 
Description Member, Qualitative Data Repository, Syracuse, USA, Technical Advisory Board
Geographic Reach North America 
Policy Influence Type Participation in a advisory committee
 
Description Member, Swiss Data Services (FORS) International Advisory Board
Geographic Reach Europe 
Policy Influence Type Participation in a advisory committee
URL http://forscenter.ch/en/
 
Description Member, UK Data Forum
Geographic Reach National 
Policy Influence Type Membership of a guideline committee
 
Description Member, Urban Big Data Centre Advisory Group
Geographic Reach National 
Policy Influence Type Participation in a advisory committee
URL http://ubdc.ac.uk/about/overview/advisory-group/
 
Description Nvivo Research Advisory Group
Geographic Reach Multiple continents/international 
Policy Influence Type Participation in a advisory committee
 
Description ONS: Code of Practice for Statistics
Geographic Reach National 
Policy Influence Type Participation in a national consultation
URL https://www.statisticsauthority.gov.uk/wp-content/uploads/2017/12/OSR-Code-of-Practice-for-Statistic...
 
Description Parliamentary inquiry into Statistics
Geographic Reach National 
Policy Influence Type Gave evidence to a government review
 
Description Public Access to NSF-Funded Research Data for the Social, Behavioral, and Economic Sciences
Geographic Reach North America 
Policy Influence Type Participation in a advisory committee
Impact This was the outcome of a workshop coordinated for the NSF. The final report: "Public Access to NSF-Funded Research Data for the Social, Behavioral, and Economic Sciences".
URL https://www.nsf.gov/sbe/reports/Public_Access_NSF_Workshop_Report_Final_Briefs.pdf
 
Description Quality Assurance Group on Better Use of Data Consultation
Geographic Reach Local/Municipal/Regional 
Policy Influence Type Participation in a advisory committee
 
Description Research Ethics Committee - University of Essex
Geographic Reach Local/Municipal/Regional 
Policy Influence Type Participation in a advisory committee
 
Description Review Ethics Committee, National Centre for Social Research
Geographic Reach National 
Policy Influence Type Membership of a guideline committee
 
Description Safe User of Research data Environments (SURE) training course
Geographic Reach National 
Policy Influence Type Influenced training of practitioners or researchers
 
Description Sharing Qualitative Data
Geographic Reach Local/Municipal/Regional 
Policy Influence Type Influenced training of practitioners or researchers
 
Description The 2017 Longitudinal Strategic Review
Geographic Reach National 
Policy Influence Type Gave evidence to a government review
URL https://esrc.ukri.org/files/news-events-and-publications/publications/longitudinal-studies-strategic...
 
Description The Big Data Dilemma inquiry (Science and Technology Committee (Commons)
Geographic Reach Multiple continents/international 
Policy Influence Type Gave evidence to a government review
URL https://publications.parliament.uk/pa/cm201516/cmselect/cmsctech/468/46814.htm
 
Description UK Representative, European Strategy Forum on Research Infrastructures (ESFRI) - Social and Cultural Innovation Strategy Working Group (SCI-SWG)
Geographic Reach Europe 
Policy Influence Type Participation in a advisory committee
 
Description UK Statistics Authoritys Codes of Practice for accreditation (for the Digital Economy Act)
Geographic Reach National 
Policy Influence Type Participation in a national consultation
URL https://www.gov.uk/government/consultations/digital-economy-act-part-5-data-sharing-codes-and-regula...
 
Description UKDS Secure Lab Training
Geographic Reach National 
Policy Influence Type Influenced training of practitioners or researchers
 
Description Using open UK Data Service Census Support Datasets in open source GIS software
Geographic Reach Local/Municipal/Regional 
Policy Influence Type Influenced training of practitioners or researchers
 
Description 4C
Amount £100,000 (GBP)
Funding ID 600471 
Organisation European Commission 
Sector Public
Country European Union (EU)
Start 12/2013 
End 05/2015
 
Description Administrative Data Service
Amount £4,756,897 (GBP)
Funding ID ES/L007452/1 
Organisation Economic and Social Research Council 
Sector Public
Country United Kingdom
Start 10/2013 
End 09/2018
 
Description CESSDA CV [Controlled Vocabulary] Manager
Amount £33,334 (GBP)
Organisation Consortium of European Social Science Data Archives 
Sector Private
Country Norway
Start  
 
Description CESSDA CV [Controlled Vocabulary] Manager - Phase 2
Amount £54,941 (GBP)
Organisation Consortium of European Social Science Data Archives 
Sector Private
Country Norway
Start 01/2017 
End 09/2018
 
Description CESSDA Data Access & Dissemination Policy
Amount £13,309 (GBP)
Organisation Consortium of European Social Science Data Archives 
Sector Private
Country Norway
Start 06/2016 
End 09/2016
 
Description CESSDA EQB [European Question Bank] 2016
Amount £23,217 (GBP)
Organisation Consortium of European Social Science Data Archives 
Sector Private
Country Norway
Start  
 
Description CESSDA EQB [European Question Bank] 2017
Amount £14,048 (GBP)
Organisation Consortium of European Social Science Data Archives 
Sector Private
Country Norway
Start  
 
Description CESSDA MM [Metadata Management] Phase 2
Amount £55,120 (GBP)
Organisation Consortium of European Social Science Data Archives 
Sector Private
Country Norway
Start  
 
Description CESSDA Metadata Harvesting
Amount £12,682 (GBP)
Organisation Consortium of European Social Science Data Archives 
Sector Private
Country Norway
Start  
 
Description CESSDA Metadata Management
Amount £22,353 (GBP)
Organisation Consortium of European Social Science Data Archives 
Sector Private
Country Norway
Start  
 
Description CESSDA PaSCat [Product and Service Catalogue]
Amount £12,064 (GBP)
Organisation Consortium of European Social Science Data Archives 
Sector Private
Country Norway
Start  
 
Description CESSDA PasCat [Products and Services Catalogue] - Phase 2
Amount £104,032 (GBP)
Organisation Consortium of European Social Science Data Archives 
Sector Private
Country Norway
Start 01/2017 
End 12/2017
 
Description CESSDA Strenthening and widening (SAW)
Amount € 2,611,475 (EUR)
Funding ID 674939 
Organisation European Commission 
Sector Public
Country European Union (EU)
Start 12/2016 
End 01/2017
 
Description CESSDA Technical Framework
Amount £13,383 (GBP)
Organisation Consortium of European Social Science Data Archives 
Sector Private
Country Norway
Start  
 
Description CESSDA Technical Framework - Phase 3
Amount £19,780 (GBP)
Organisation Consortium of European Social Science Data Archives 
Sector Private
Country Norway
Start 01/2017 
End 12/2017
 
Description CESSDA Technical Framework Phase 2 (TWG)
Amount £17,822 (GBP)
Organisation Consortium of European Social Science Data Archives 
Sector Private
Country Norway
Start  
 
Description CESSDA Training Group
Amount £17,097 (GBP)
Organisation Consortium of European Social Science Data Archives 
Sector Private
Country Norway
Start  
 
Description CLOSER
Amount £32,800 (GBP)
Funding ID ES/L011859/1 
Organisation Economic and Social Research Council 
Sector Public
Country United Kingdom
Start 10/2012 
End 09/2017
 
Description ESRC NCRM Collaborative Projects
Amount £80,000 (GBP)
Organisation Economic and Social Research Council 
Sector Public
Country United Kingdom
Start 01/2018 
End 12/2018
 
Description ESRC-NRF International Centre Partnership
Amount £185,000 (GBP)
Funding ID ES/N009886/1 
Organisation Economic and Social Research Council 
Sector Public
Country United Kingdom
Start 11/2014 
End 08/2017
 
Description Enabling Household Energy Data: Infrastructures for Policy and Planning
Amount £148,114 (GBP)
Funding ID ES/N009886/1 
Organisation Economic and Social Research Council 
Sector Public
Country United Kingdom
Start 11/2015 
End 08/2017
 
Description Identifying researcher attitudes and practices in relation to Open Science
Amount £39,189 (GBP)
Organisation Wellcome Trust 
Sector Charity/Non Profit
Country United Kingdom
Start 06/2016 
End 09/2016
 
Description RISCAPE
Amount £42,000 (GBP)
Funding ID 730974 
Organisation European Commission 
Sector Public
Country European Union (EU)
Start 01/2017 
End 12/2019
 
Description SERISS
Amount € 1,658,288 (EUR)
Funding ID 654221 
Organisation European Commission 
Sector Public
Country European Union (EU)
Start 09/2014 
End 10/2015
 
Description Smart Meter Research Portal (SMRP)
Amount £6,000,000 (GBP)
Funding ID EP/P032761/1 
Organisation Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC) 
Sector Academic/University
Country United Kingdom
Start 09/2017 
End 09/2022
 
Title Data Service as a Platform (DSaaP) 
Description The Data Service as a Platform (DSaaP) is an online digital platform that will enable you to explore and analyse more high quality social and economic data, anytime, anywhere, in a safe and trusted environment. Free at the point of access to all academics and non-commercial researchers, the open source platform will be fully available by the end of 2019. The infrastructure is jointly funded by the Economic and Social Research Council, and the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council, and is developed by the UK Data Service at the University of Essex. 
Type Of Material Improvements to research infrastructure 
Year Produced 2017 
Provided To Others? Yes  
Impact Winning of a large award from EPSRC to build a Smart Meter Data Research Portal (SMRP) and interest from Amazon Web Services and Cloudwick on the application of Hadoop technology in academia 
URL http://dsaap.info
 
Title UK Energy data asset register 
Description This is register of data available in the UK for undertaking household energy research 
Type Of Material Database/Collection of data 
Year Produced 2017 
Provided To Others? Yes  
Impact This register has been updated and collates all the most significant data sources available. It has been accessed by researchers around the UK. 
URL http://reshare.ukdataservice.ac.uk/853019/
 
Description Collaboration with new Philanthropy Capital (NPC) and Heritage Lottery 
Organisation Heritage Lottery Fund
Country United Kingdom 
Sector Charity/Non Profit 
PI Contribution Ran a workshop on encouraging CHARITIES TO BE ABLE TO USE DATA FOR IMPACT and showing practical ways to do so.
Collaborator Contribution We ran the workshop providing expert discussion on data sharing and handling of civil society sector, and on how best to visualise their data.
Impact Blog on NPC site. Planning for more training events in the third sector.
Start Year 2016
 
Description Collaboration with new Philanthropy Capital (NPC) and Heritage Lottery 
Organisation New Philanthropy Capital
PI Contribution Ran a workshop on encouraging CHARITIES TO BE ABLE TO USE DATA FOR IMPACT and showing practical ways to do so.
Collaborator Contribution We ran the workshop providing expert discussion on data sharing and handling of civil society sector, and on how best to visualise their data.
Impact Blog on NPC site. Planning for more training events in the third sector.
Start Year 2016
 
Description Open Data Institute recognition 
Organisation Open Data Institute
Country United Kingdom 
Sector Charity/Non Profit 
PI Contribution Gained ODI Platinum certification for open data held ay the UK Data Service
Collaborator Contribution Provided guidance on how to complete the certification process and helped promote the certificates.
Impact 2 x ODI Open Data Platinum Certificates
Start Year 2014
 
Description Partnership for big data research infrastructure with Amazon Web Services (AWS) 
Organisation Amazon.com
Department Amazon Web Services
Country Global 
Sector Private 
PI Contribution Close working with AWS to operationalise open to secure access to data hosted by the UK Data Service. Provided all the planning and modelling for the service set up.
Collaborator Contribution Use case for academia
Impact Communication pieces about the UKDS case study about to come out plus an invited forthcoming key note on our work at the AWS forum in Washington in June 2017
Start Year 2015
 
Description Partnership with ICPSR 
Organisation University of Michigan
Department Interuniversity Consortium for Political and Social Research (ICPSR)
Country United States 
Sector Academic/University 
PI Contribution ICPSR is the North American equivalent of the UK Data Service . Active collaboration has led to a joint week-long summer school course on data curation being held in 2015 and 2016
Collaborator Contribution Joint teaching of summer school
Impact Joint summer school cousres
Start Year 2012
 
Description Partnership with ICSSR Indian Data Service (May 2016 - Still Active) 
Organisation Government of India
Department Indian Council of Social Science Research
Country India 
Sector Public 
PI Contribution In 2013, Matthew Woollard met with Professor Thorat of the ICSSR to discuss the development of a Data Service in India. The ICSSR was established in 1969 with the specific objective of promoting socio-economic research, much like the Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC) in the UK, and is responsible for much of the funding to support research activities with over 25 social science institutes being directly funded by the ICSSR.Research commissioned by the ICSSR found that 417 institutions across India were doing social science research. Social science researchers were found to be based in over 230 universities, 51 Institutes of National Importance (a status that may be conferred to a premier public higher education institution in India by an act of parliament, an institution which "serves as a pivotal player in developing highly skilled personnel within the specified region of the country") and numerous autonomous research institutes. There is an abundance of data of interest to the social scientist generated across India including the Census or National Sample Survey (data and statistical indicators on diverse socio-economic aspects conducted by interviewing sample households) as well as sector specific data such as the Annual Survey of Industries (ASI), the principal source of industrial statistics in India. As in most countries, academics also generate their own data through funded research projects. Making data available for research is an ongoing challenge in India, with open access an exception; government departments cautious to grant access to data; and private sector data, wherever accessible, expensive to make available for research. A major driver has been the development of the Indian Department of Science and Technology publication of its National Data Sharing and Accessibility Policy (NDSAP) for non-sensitive data (2012). The ICSSR's remit in the NASDAP included the development of and support for documentation services and the supply of data, through the development of a repository of Social, Economic and Political data on India, with data processing and analytics tools to support researchers, teachers and policymakers who rely on high-quality social and economic data for their research. A road map and implementation plan for ICSSR's data service were produced in 2014, outlining the proposed information architecture for the data repository, setting out key components into data acquisition, data pre-processing and analytics, metadata, software requirements and technology; providing an excellent starting point from which to develop a data service for India. Senior representatives of the ICSSR and other organisations with an interest in the implementation of the ICSSR Data Service visited the UK Data Archive at the University of Essex, a partner in the UK Data Service, in January 2015, supplemented by a two-day training workshop. Over the two days our colleagues from India learned about the data service infrastructure and funding environment in the UK, and how our own data service is managed and run including the data ingest pipeline, from negotiating with data owners and licensing, to processing and documenting data, though to providing access to and user support for data users. Following the visit Matthew prepared a report setting out some practical observations that would help put the plans for the ICSSR Data Service into action. Key areas included the need to factor in continuous appraisal and monitoring of the collection, the (possible) deaccessioning of collections, dealing with personal data, disaster recovery, the relationship to other workflows, for example, the research funding application process (as in the ESRC's Research Data Policy) and ensuring adequate data citation mechanisms, each of which has implications for establishing information architecture and the costs involved. Our advice to anyone wishing to establish a new data repository is to frame key activities using the Open Archival Information System (OAIS) (ISO 16363) as a guide, a standard which provides an intuitive reference model for digital repositories, especially to help structure workflows, staffing and IT operations. In July 2015, a licence to use our HASSET Thesaurus was granted to the ICSSR, and in September 2015, the Service provided a point-by-point response to the requests from ICSSR for continued support from the UK Data Archive in establishing ICSSR's Data Repository, including our complete policy framework. In May 2016, Louise attended a symposium on behalf of the ESRC to address data archiving infrastructure for the EU-India Platform (EQUIP), the first research collaboration platform between India and the EU specifically dedicated to Social Science and Humanities. The platform will support a significant corpus of national research funding agencies from Europe and India in building stronger relationships and stepping up international collaborations At the symposium Louise was reunited with some of the Indian colleages who visited the UK Data Archive in 2015 and learned that their team had quickly put their plans into action and set up the pilot ICSSR Data Service, implemented by India's Information and Library Network (INFLIBNET) Centre, an Autonomous Inter-University Centre (IUC) of University Grants Commission, with funding from ICSSR, and based on the UK Data Archive model and protocols. Dr Jagdis Arora, Director of INFLIBNET spoke of the great support that the UK Data Archive had provided in offering a blueprint for India's new national data service. Many of the Archive's policies and procedures had been adapted and implemented in the form of web site structure, use of metadata schema and data cataloguing methods. The ICSSR Data Service is a culmination of the signing of a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) between ICSSR and India's Ministry of Statistics and Programme Implementation (MoSPI), and is guided by a Joint Advisory Committee, with representatives from ICSSR, MOSPI and other key agencies such as Economic and Political Weekly, Mumbai and a range of academic social science research centres.
Collaborator Contribution Progress by the ICSSR has been impressive, with a formal launch having taken place on 20 June 2016. In a short space of time some 33 surveys had been published into the survey data catalogue using the open source NADA software. A beta survey data browsing tool based on R software has also been developed. The intention is to extend the scope of collections to data from all social science institutes under ICSSR's purview, as well as data from government agencies. Training materials and guidance are being developed to meet the needs of data users, owners and creators, and users can explore collection of datasets accompanied by freely available user guides and supporting materials, using the NADA search interface.
Impact Shared data archiving experience. Invited research data management workshop in India, March 2017
Start Year 2013
 
Description Partnership with ICSSR Indian Data Service (May 2016 - Still Active) 
Organisation Information and Library Network
Country India 
Sector Public 
PI Contribution Making data available for research is an ongoing challenge in India, with open access an exception; government departments cautious to grant access to data; and private sector data, wherever accessible, expensive to make available for research. A major driver has been the development of the Indian Department of Science and Technology publication of its National Data Sharing and Accessibility Policy (NDSAP) for non-sensitive data (2012). The ICSSR's remit in the NASDAP included the development of and support for documentation services and the supply of data, through the development of a repository of Social, Economic and Political data on India, with data processing and analytics tools to support researchers, teachers and policymakers who rely on high-quality social and economic data for their research. A road map and implementation plan for ICSSR's data service were produced in 2014, outlining the proposed information architecture for the data repository, setting out key components into data acquisition, data pre-processing and analytics, metadata, software requirements and technology; providing an excellent starting point from which to develop a data service for India. Senior representatives of the ICSSR and other organisations with an interest in the implementation of the ICSSR Data Service visited the UK Data Archive at the University of Essex, a partner in the UK Data Service, in January 2015, supplemented by a two-day training workshop. Over the two days our colleagues from India learned about the data service infrastructure and funding environment in the UK, and how our own data service is managed and run including the data ingest pipeline, from negotiating with data owners and licensing, to processing and documenting data, though to providing access to and user support for data users. Following the visit UKDA prepared a report setting out some practical observations that would help put the plans for the ICSSR Data Service into action. Key areas included the need to factor in continuous appraisal and monitoring of the collection, the (possible) deaccessioning of collections, dealing with personal data, disaster recovery, the relationship to other workflows, for example, the research funding application process (as in the ESRC's Research Data Policy) and ensuring adequate data citation mechanisms, each of which has implications for establishing information architecture and the costs involved. Our advice to anyone wishing to establish a new data repository is to frame key activities using the Open Archival Information System (OAIS) (ISO 16363) as a guide, a standard which provides an intuitive reference model for digital repositories, especially to help structure workflows, staffing and IT operations.
Collaborator Contribution In 2016 following the visit of ICSSR in 2016 they launched a new national data service using the same technology as the South African partners. the team in India have built some open source data visualisation tools that will be of benefit to both the UK and the South Africa. Collaboration continues.
Impact New data archive set up in India, using the same technologeis as South Afica. Interest in scaling up for big data as with the South Africa model Training session on managing and sharing qualitative data provided for Indian Data Service, March 2017
Start Year 2016
 
Description Partnership with Taiwan Survey Research Data Archive, Academia Sinica 
Organisation Academia Sinica
Country Taiwan, Province of China 
Sector Academic/University 
PI Contribution The UK Dara Service has responded to various consultations by the SRDA and in December 2016 Louise Corti gave a key note at their conference and a workshop on qualitative data archiving. The Survey Research Data Archive (SRDA) was founded in November 1994 to systematically acquire, develop, store and disseminate precious survey research data in Taiwan. In the early period, SRDA, limited in both manpower and resources, focused mainly on formulating directions for its development and laying the foundations for the organization and operation management, as well as acquisition and preservation of datasets. Thanks to the great support from the academy, SRDA has been growing rapidly since its inception. The past years sees the increasing recruitment of research and administrative personnel parallel to its expansion. SRDA has devoted itself to collecting, managing, archiving and distributing precious survey data. In the meantime, SRDA has been broadening its range of disciplines and exploring new sources of data which include donations from leading scholars, research projects that we have cultivated cooperative data acquisition efforts as well as other authorized materials from government and academic institutions. Such efforts have widely enriched and diversified data resources. An English web page was also open to public in September 1998, extending its service to the global community. The establishment of the bilingual web site with updated information and news about datasets available facilitates academic exchange among international scholars. In addition, the quarterly SRDA newsletter first issued in April 2002 for disseminating news and updates on survey research also serves as another channel of communication with the Ongoing workshops on "Data Preparation and Archiving" have been organized since 1998. Through sharing our experience and providing constructive suggestions, we enable scholars and researchers to gain a better idea of SRDA and its functions, how to utilize the data resources and how to prepare and archive datasets. Furthermore, to promote academic exchange and to enhance the quality of survey research in Taiwan, SRDA supports the Center for Survey Research in organizing large-scale academic activities including workshops, symposiums and seminars on survey research methodology.
Collaborator Contribution Ensuring they keep up with best shared practice for managing survey data and adding qualitative data to their portfolio.
Impact Workshop
Start Year 2013
 
Title Data Quiz App 
Description The Data Quiz App aims to make statistics and open data fun by presenting 'social facts' to the 14-18 age group. The app is completely free and is available to download and play on both Android and Apple iOS. Using data in the UK Data Service collection, along with other verified sources, the App explores a range of social science areas, from geography to politics, health care to food. 
IP Reference  
Protection Copyrighted (e.g. software)
Year Protection Granted 2016
Licensed No
Impact Not known
 
Title European Language Social Science Thesaurus (ELSST) 
Description ELSST is a broad-based multilingual thesaurus for the social sciences. It is currently available in 13 languages: Danish, Czech, English, Finnish, French, German, Greek, Lithuanian, Norwegian, Romanian, Slovenian, Spanish and Swedish 
IP Reference  
Protection Copyrighted (e.g. software)
Year Protection Granted
Licensed Yes
Impact Not known
 
Title Humanities and Social Science Electronic Thesaurus (HASSET) 
Description HASSET is the leading British English thesaurus for the social sciences. It is a subject thesaurus which allows users to select the most relevant search terms for their area of interest which is turn enables them to accurately retrieve data and related documentation. Download of HASSET is now available under a Creative Commons licence. 
IP Reference  
Protection Copyrighted (e.g. software)
Year Protection Granted
Licensed Yes
Impact Not known
 
Title Controlled Vocabulary (CV) Manager 
Description The CV Manager holds the controlled vocabularies used by UK Date Service applications as they are developed. It is currently connected to the Outreach application which serves up news and events on the UK Data Service website and will be connected to new applications as they come on stream. 
Type Of Technology Webtool/Application 
Year Produced 2016 
Impact Not known 
 
Title Data Quiz App 
Description The Data Quiz App is a new app from the UK Data Service available on both Android and Apple iOS that aims to make statistics and open data fun for the 14-18 age group. 
Type Of Technology Webtool/Application 
Year Produced 2017 
Impact Unknown 
 
Title Data Service as a Platform (DSaaP) 
Description Data Service as a Platform (DSaaP) is an online digital platform that will enable you to explore and analyse more high quality social and economic data, anytime, anywhere, in a safe and trusted environment. Free at the point of access to all academics and non-commercial researchers, the open source platform will be fully available by the end of 2019. Jointly funded by the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council and the Economic and Social Research Council, Data Service as a Platform is being developed by the UK Data Service at the University of Essex. The use of Data Service as a Platform technology makes a real difference to large scale processing projects, eg for running complex algorithms. The increased performance and scalability enables researchers to refine and test computationally intensive models at scale, while the suite of tools facilitated interactive exploratory analysis in much shortened timeframes. In effect, near real-time analysis on billions of data points is now possible while operating in a trusted, secure environment. 
Type Of Technology New/Improved Technique/Technology 
Year Produced 2017 
Impact Smart Meter Research Portal (SMRP) funding from EPSRC with UCL 
URL http://dsaap.info
 
Title Syntax Upload Facility 
Description The Syntax Upload Facility enables researchers to upload and share syntax they create using UK Data Service data, building a library of syntax for other users to utilise and cite. The new Syntax Upload Facility aims to enhance researcher's work and provide an opportunity to increase the impact of research through having syntax used and cited by others. 
Type Of Technology New/Improved Technique/Technology 
Year Produced 2017 
Impact Unknown 
 
Description 4 Day Summer school: Encounters with Big Data: An Introduction to using Big Data in the Social Sciences 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact The highly successful week long course , 'Encounters with Big Data: An Introduction to using Big Data in the Social Sciences' was rerun as part of the University of Essex Institute of Analytics and Data Science in the UK in July 2018. The foundation of the course lies in one of the key objective of the Smarter Household Energy Data project, a joint International Centre Partnership Grant between the UK Data Service and DataFirst and funded by the Economic and Social Research Council in the UK and the National Research Foundation in South Africa, to create a collaborative research infrastructure for large-scale household energy data. 25 researchers, from across sectors and countries, attended the school (for which bookings were twice filled). Participants fed back that they had gained great support in understanding and analysing large and complex datasets, focusing on using the power of popular statistical software like R in a big data environment.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
URL https://www.ukdataservice.ac.uk/news-and-events/eventsitem/?id=5349
 
Description 57th ERSA Congress 'Social Progress for Resilient Regions' Groningen, the Netherlands 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact We delivered a paper (Spatial Aggregation Methods for Investigating the MAUP Effects in Migration Analysis) at the 57th ERSA Congress (29 August - 1 September 2017) which was attended by 800 participants from around the world.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2017
 
Description AWS Transformation Day Public Sector, London 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact The UK Data Service gave a presentation 'Hybrid Cloud for the Social Sciences' to hundreds of participants at the AWS Public Sector Transformation Day. As a result we have been asked to present at further events.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2017
 
Description Big Data and Analytics Summer School 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Postgraduate students
Results and Impact The University of Essex runs the Big Data and Analytics Summer School and provides research training and knowledge exchange for graduates, postgraduates, researchers, academics and business professionals and practitioners working in the emerging fields of data sciences, analytics and big data. 
The Summer School will cover a range of topics from the methodologies and techniques for big data and analytics, to practical applications, the curation and management of data, as well as the legal, ethical and human rights implications of data. Louise Corti and Nathan Cunningham from the UK Data Service led a 5 day course giving an introduction to using big data in the social sciences and on the best practice in licencing and governance for research data.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2017
 
Description Big Data, Small Area Symposium, London 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact The UK Data Services presented at the Big Data, Small Area Symposium held in London in November 2017. This international symposium gave an overview of the current developments, future prospects and scientific methods and techniques in using big data in small areas. The event included posters and early career researcher talks as well as confirmed speakers.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2017
 
Description CESSDA Data Discovery Group workshop on migration, Cologne 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact The UK Data Service gave a presentation on Data Migration at the UK Data Service at the Data Discovery Migration CESSDA workshop in Cologne.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2017
 
Description CESSDA Expert Workshop, Bergen, Norway 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact Libby Bishop of the UK Data Service gave a presentation on 'Legal and ethical issues in curating "big new" data' at the Expert workshop organised by CESSDA.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2017
 
Description Concordat Working Group on Open Research 
Form Of Engagement Activity A formal working group, expert panel or dialogue
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact "Participated as part of the UK multi-stakeholder Concordat Working Group which developed a Concordat on Open Research Data This concordat will help to ensure that the research data gathered and generated by members of the UK research
community is made openly available for use by others wherever possible in a manner consistent with relevant legal, ethical, disciplinary and regulatory frameworks and norms, and with due regard to the costs involved. "
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2016
 
Description Consumer Data Research Centre Advisory Board 
Form Of Engagement Activity A formal working group, expert panel or dialogue
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact Meeting of the Consumer Data Research Centre Advisory Board. The CDRC is working with consumer-related organisations to open up their data resources; to our trusted researchers. This enables them to carry out important social and economic research.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2017
 
Description DDI workshop in Dagstuhl 2017 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact The workshop was attended by 16 people from 9 institutions in 5 countries. The overall goal of the DDI workshop(s) is to achieve a solid basis for a DDI 4 prototype. This workshop will extend and build upon the progress made during the past 4 years of development. It focuses on the production framework and specific bindings of the model.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2017
URL https://www.dagstuhl.de/en/program/calendar/evhp/?semnr=17423
 
Description Data Management Basics 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Local
Primary Audience Postgraduate students
Results and Impact The session was aimed at early career researchers and included a 20 minute presentation, followed by 40 minutes of practical exercises, demonstrations, discussions and Q&As.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2017
 
Description Data Management Planning: How to Write a DMP 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Local
Primary Audience Postgraduate students
Results and Impact This session included a 20 minute presentation, followed by 40 minutes of practical exercises, demonstrations, discussions and Q&As.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2017
 
Description Data Management Presentation at UEA Law School Postgraduate Researchers Colloquim 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Regional
Primary Audience Postgraduate students
Results and Impact Face to face information/training event for postgraduate students and the University of East Anglia
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2017
 
Description Data Management training day for Cancer Research UK 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Third sector organisations
Results and Impact Face to face training session for Cancer Research UK staff
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2017
 
Description Data Quality Workshop 2017, Cape Town, South Africa 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact DataFirst and the UK Data Service are hosted a workshop to discuss data quality issues in South African national surveys. The objective of the workshops was to share information about what we know and don't know about progress on meeting the developmental challenges of South Africa since the end of apartheid. The event focussed on innovative measurement approaches. DataFirst and the UK Data service are working together in an international partnership looking at "Big Data" in the context of household energy.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2017
 
Description Data in Europe: Political Behaviour 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact Webinar: There was a short practical discussion of how to find, access and understand data from European social science data archives and guest presentations discussing the Comparative Study of Electoral Systems (CSES) and the research potential of other key data studies.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2017
 
Description DataImpact 2018 - Realising the potential of research data: successes and opportunities 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Policymakers/politicians
Results and Impact Office for National Statistics (ONS) and UK Data Service (UKDS) jointly hosted data impact and networking event on 1 February 2018. Hosted by Sarah Henry, Director for Methods, Data and Research at ONS and Matthew Woollard, Director of the UK Data Service, a panel of data experts will explore how we embrace the data revolution to respond to the social and economic challenges facing the UK.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
URL https://www.ukdataservice.ac.uk/news-and-events/eventsitem/?id=5233
 
Description Encounters with big data: An introduction to using big data in the social sciences 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Regional
Primary Audience Postgraduate students
Results and Impact This 5-day course run by the UK Data Service at Essex Business School at the University of Essex introduced key concepts and discussions around using big data in the social sciences, and introduced attendees to Apache Hadoop, an open source framework for analysing big data. This course will focused on quantitative data.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2017
 
Description Encryption 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Local
Primary Audience Postgraduate students
Results and Impact This session was aimed at Early Career Researchers. The session included a 20 minute presentation, followed by 40 minutes of practical exercised, demonstrations, discussions and Q&As.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2017
 
Description Family Finance Surveys User Conference 2017, London 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact The annual Family Finance Surveys User Conference was organised by the UK Data Service in collaboration with the Department for Work and Pensions and the Office for National Statistic. The programme contained a mixture of papers from data producers and researchers
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2017
 
Description Finding and accessing data in the UK Data Service 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Local
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact Online training course (webinar)
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2017
 
Description Gaining Consent for Sharing your Research Data 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Local
Primary Audience Postgraduate students
Results and Impact This session was aimed at early career researchers and included a 20 minute presentation, followed by 40 minutes of practical exercises, demonstrations, discussions and Q&As.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2017
 
Description Health Studies User Conference 2017, London 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact The annual Health Studies User Conference was organised by the UK Data Service in collaboration with NatCen Social Research. The conference allowed users to hear updates from data producers on key UK cross-sectional health surveys and Key UK longitudinal studies with health-related content.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2017
 
Description Health Survey for England: Introductory Workshop, London 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact The full day workshop was aimed at novice users of the HSE and the workshop included expert speakers from survey teams at NatCen, UCL and the UK Data Service. The workshop involved a 'data surgery' where participants could book a short appointment with of member of the survey team/UK Data Service for bespoke advice on using the HSE for their research
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2017
 
Description How to find data in Europe 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Postgraduate students
Results and Impact An introductory webinar intended for anyone who wantd to hear about the data available from European social science data services.

Participants learned about the types of data available across European locations including major comparative and longitudinal studies.

There was a practical overview of how to find, access and understand data with examples from two of Europe's largest social science data services: the UK Data Service and GESIS.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2017
 
Description IASSIST Conference 2017 - Data in the Middle: The common language of research 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact ASSIST is an international organization of professionals working in and with information technology and data services to support research and teaching in the social sciences. Its 300 members are from a variety of workplaces, including data archives, statistical agencies, research centers, libraries, academic departments, government departments, and non-profit organizations. IASSIST hold an annual conference and in 2017 a number staff members from the UK Data Service ran workshops, gave presentations and presented at poster sessions.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2017
URL https://www.ukdataservice.ac.uk/news-and-events/eventsitem/?id=5022
 
Description International UDC Seminar 2017 - Faceted Classification Today: theory, technology and end users 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact he International UDC Seminar 2017 "Faceted Classification Today: Theory, Technology and End Users" took place in London on 14-15 September 2017 at Wellcome Collection. This was the sixth in a series of International UDC Seminars devoted to advances in documentary classification research and their application in a networked environment.

The conference was attended by 61 delegates from 26 countries. The two-day programme included 17 talks and 5 poster presentations and was concluded by an engaging panel discussion.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2017
URL http://seminar.udcc.org/2017/
 
Description Introduction to the UK Data Service: presentation at open day event on using secondary data - "Secondary Data - taking a sip from someone else's cup" 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Local
Primary Audience Undergraduate students
Results and Impact Presentation to students/potential undergraduate and postgraduate students
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2017
 
Description Invited presentation to ONS Population and Public Policy Forum, London 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact Invited presentation "User needs" addressing user requirements as introduction to consultation event on 2021 census content
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2017
 
Description Invited presentation to ONS/Royal Statistical Society 'Addresses vs households: who needs household statistics?' event, London 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact Invited presentation "Are you the householder?" to ONS/RSS event on concept and production of household statistics in administrative census framework
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2017
 
Description Invited presentation to Small Area Health Statistics Unit "Big Data, Small Areas" conference, London 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact Invited presentation "What future for the census" to a primarily health research audience, providing briefing on changes to UK census data system and implications for mapping and spatial analysis of census data
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2017
 
Description Knowledge exchange symposium: 21st Century Data Infrastructure for Research, University of Cape Town, South Africa 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact A jointly hosted symposium to discuss the requirements for scaling up data infrastructure for data-intensive research. A number of common threads and challenges arose from the symposium. Participants agreed to continue sharing ideas and solutions and to capitalise on collaboration.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2010,2017
 
Description Love Data Week: Introduction to UK Data Service 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact Presentation: Introduction to UK Data Service at the Love Data Week (LDW) event held at London School of Economics. This event is to raise awareness and build a community to engage on topics related to research data management, sharing, preservation, reuse, and library-based research data services. It includes the sharing of practical tips, resources, and stories to help researchers at any stage in their career use good data practices.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
URL http://lovedataweek.org/
 
Description Member, UK Anonymisation Network 
Form Of Engagement Activity A formal working group, expert panel or dialogue
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact The UK Anonymisation Network (UKAN) was set up in 2012 as a means of establishing best practice in anonymisation. It offers practical advice and information to anyone who handles personal data and needs to share it.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2017
 
Description New Sources of Data for Social Science Research - Glasgow 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact For each of these sources of data: Administrative data, Biomarker data and Urban big data, an overview was given on how they can be used to extend options for exploring social science research questions. The event was organised collaboratively by the Administrative Data Research Network, BLG, CALLS-Hub, Centre for Longitudinal Studies, CDRC, CLOSER, NCRM, UBDC, UK Data Service and Understanding Society.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2017
 
Description OECD-led Statistical and Information Systems Collaboration (SIS-CC) - Annual Workshop: Sustainable Data for Development Building an Inclusive Data Ecosystem 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact Presentation of member project update
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2017
 
Description ONS Special Licence Review 2017 
Form Of Engagement Activity A formal working group, expert panel or dialogue
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact The review Approved Researcher scheme concluded that Accredited Researchers should only access legally-protected data in a secure environment, so the decision was made in October 2016 to stop the distribution of Office for National Statistics (ONS) data under the terms of a Special Licence. In partnership the ONS and UK Data Service, reviewed options to ensure research needs are met following this decision, and reported on the the findings and conclusions from that review.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2017
 
Description PSA Teaching Quantitative Methods Network - Workshop: Using Technology to Teach Quantitative Methods 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact Presentation at the workshop held on 8 November on Using Technology to Teach Quantitative Methods. The aim of the network and this event is to support academic staff teaching quantitative methods and to share and disseminate expertise and best practice.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2017
 
Description Presentation at European DDI User Conference 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact 93 participants from 51 organisations attended the annual European DDI Conference for users of Data Documentation Initiative (DDI) (a metadata specification for social, economic and behavioral science. EDDI is designed to provide forum where DDI users from Europe and the world can gather to showcase their work and their progress toward DDI adoption, as well as discuss any questions or challenges they may have about the standard.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2017
URL http://www.eddi-conferences.eu/ocs/index.php/eddi/eddi17
 
Description Preservation and Archiving Special Interest Group, Oxford 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact Presentation given at the The Preservation and Archiving Special Interest Group. The PASIG is dedicated to advancing the practice of digital preservation and archiving. It brings together practitioners, industry experts and researchers to share experience in a vendor-neutral forum on how to put preservation and archiving into practice. Practical experiences, successes and pain points were shared.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2017
URL https://pasigoxford.org/
 
Description Putting data on maps webinar 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact An introduction to using mapping libraries in R to create simple geographical visualisations of your data.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2017
 
Description Ran a workshop for civil society:Supporting civil society organisations to deliver insights and impact from data: an ESRC and UK Data Service workshop 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Third sector organisations
Results and Impact The workshop provided a forum for participants from knowledge managers in civil society organisations to discuss the opportunities and barriers to gaining meaningful insights from 'data' - their own data, data from other organisations and the wider data landscape. The morning session will look at data sources and strategies required for civil society organisations to become successful knowledge managers and report and campaign effectively with data-based evidence. A debate with high profile speakers was held on meaning of evidence and reporting on impact.

In the afternoon we ran a hands-on workshop showing how to use some simple open source tools to visualise data, for example, creating a basic regional map using Indicators of Multiple Deprivation. The focus is on turning data into more structured formats so that simple graphs can be presented; representing a realistic first achievable step for organisations who do not have capacity or funds to support larger scale collaborative projects.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2017
URL https://www.ukdataservice.ac.uk/news-and-events/eventsitem/?id=5058
 
Description Sharing Qualitative Data 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Regional
Primary Audience Postgraduate students
Results and Impact An interactive workshop on sharing qualitative data was run at the University of Central Lancashire. The workshop was suitable for any researchers, research students and research support staff who work with qualitative data and want to find out more about sharing qualitative data.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2017
 
Description Sharing Qualitative Data: Challenges and Opportunities 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact This workshop, held at the London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine, explored the challenges associated with sharing qualitative data and practical steps that may be taken in research. The session included a mix of presentation and group discussion
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2017
 
Description Special Session on The Role of the Census in Regional Science 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact Special Session on 'The Role of the Census in Regional Science' at the 46th Regional Science Association International: British and Irish Section, in collaboration with the UK Data Service-Census Support on Wednesday 23 August at the Crown Hotel, Harrogate, Yorkshire, United Kingdom.The session aimed to demonstrate the value of population census data to Social Science in general and to Regional Science in particular.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2017
 
Description Stall at 50 years of the English Housing Survey event 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact The UK Data Service had a stall a the special event held by the Department for Communities and Local Government to celebrate 50 years of the English House Survey (EHS). The UK Data Service has supported researchers in accessing the EHS since it began with the deposit of the 1967 survey data.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2017
 
Description Stall at Methods Fair 2017, University of Manchester 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an open day or visit at my research institution
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Regional
Primary Audience Postgraduate students
Results and Impact The theme of the annual Methods Fair at the University of Manchester was 'creative data presentation and visualisation'. The aim of the event was to bring together and inspire postgraduate researchers and academics, as well as those working in the industry.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2017
 
Description Stall at University of Manchester Postgraduate Open Day 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an open day or visit at my research institution
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Postgraduate students
Results and Impact Stall at University of Manchester Postgraduate open day.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2017
 
Description Stall at the Cockroft Rutherford Lecture, Manachester 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Regional
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact Stall at the annual Cockroft Rutherford Lecture which is the flagship event for alumni and friends of the University of Manchester
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2017
 
Description Stay Tuned to the Future - Impact of Research Infrastructures for Social Sciences and Humanities and beyond 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact A conference organised by ESFRI Strategic Working Group on Social and Cultural Innovation in collaboration with Fondazione per le Scienze religiose Giovanni XXIII, Bologna: to map the varieties of impact of SSH RIs (scientific, excellence, economic, societal, cultural); to discuss the possible measurement of the impact (social and cultural innovation indicators and bench-marking) and to elaborate how to increase the impact (how can we increase impact: reflection and data on paths of impact, etc.)
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
URL http://www.fscire.it/wp-content/uploads/2017/11/Program-3.pdf
 
Description Taxonomy Boot Camp London, October 2017 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact Jeannine Beeken of the UK Data Service gave a presentation on 'An in-depth view behind the scenes: grammar, semantics and management of thesauri' at the Taxonomy Boot Camp 2017 to an international audience.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2017
 
Description The White Rose Doctoral Training Partnership: Open Scholarship & Research Data Management 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Postgraduate students
Results and Impact Presentation: UK Data Service Perspective: Research Data Management at the White Rose Doctoral Training Partnership event which was set up to deliver excellent supervision, first class discipline and cutting-edge interdisciplinary research and transferable skills training.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2010,2017
 
Description UK Data Service - Data Impact Blog 
Form Of Engagement Activity A press release, press conference or response to a media enquiry/interview
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Media (as a channel to the public)
Results and Impact The Data Impact blog is a hub for researchers, students, communicites, policy makers, government and anyone interested in maximising the impact of social, population and economic data in research and policy. It encourages debate, the sharing of good practice and keeps the data impact community up to date with news, events and the latest impactful research and policy making.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2017
URL http://blog.ukdataservice.ac.uk/
 
Description UK Data Service - Scoop.it! 
Form Of Engagement Activity A press release, press conference or response to a media enquiry/interview
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Media (as a channel to the public)
Results and Impact The UK Data Service Scoop.it page provides a new and engaging way for teachers to show their students how research using data in our collection is being featured in the news.

This online content curation tool enables users to quickly identify news sources that refer to research findings using data in our collection. Using current affairs in teaching can help students better understand how research findings are being used to improve lives and build a better future.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2017
URL https://www.scoop.it/t/uk-data-service-in-the-news
 
Description UK Data Service Annual Report 
Form Of Engagement Activity A magazine, newsletter or online publication
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact The UK Data Service Annual Report highlights the major achievements of the UK Data Service over the past twelve months.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2012,2013,2014,2015,2016
URL https://www.ukdataservice.ac.uk/about-us/reports
 
Description UK Data Service Facebook 
Form Of Engagement Activity Engagement focused website, blog or social media channel
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Media (as a channel to the public)
Results and Impact The UK Data Service facebook page provides a platform to engage with its facebook followers, so that researchers, students, communiites, policy makers, government and anyone interested in maximising the impact of social, population and economic data in research and policy can share content and comment on up to date news, events and the latest social and economic data research and policy.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2017
URL https://www.facebook.com/UKDataService
 
Description UK Data Service Google+ 
Form Of Engagement Activity Engagement focused website, blog or social media channel
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Media (as a channel to the public)
Results and Impact The UK Data Service's Google+ platform allows the UKDS to create and target campaigns to different communities
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2010,2017
URL https://plus.google.com/107349349254941795914
 
Description UK Data Service Impact Fellows Programme 
Form Of Engagement Activity A formal working group, expert panel or dialogue
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Policymakers/politicians
Results and Impact The UK Data Service aims to establish additional ways to support the long-range use of its data and resources by new generations of scholars, extending this usage through the research partnerships they develop and by the students they teach - from the earliest stages of, and throughout their career - by establishing a prestigious Impact Fellows programme. Funded by the ESRC the programme aims to provide career development opportunities for scholars at a relatively early stage of their academic careers with a proven record of research.

The programme takes the form of an open competition for early career researchers (ECR) and post-doctoral researchers with a specific focus on impact in their research, which must be using data from the UK Data Service.

Five awards are offered to the value of £2000 per Fellow and the programme runs over 2 years, from which Fellows can draw on a receipt for cost basis to cover impactful public engagement activity such as: holding focus groups, international conference costs or the cost of an article processing charge for a publication.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2016
URL https://impact.ukdataservice.ac.uk/impact-fellows
 
Description UK Data Service Linkedin 
Form Of Engagement Activity Engagement focused website, blog or social media channel
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Media (as a channel to the public)
Results and Impact "The UK Data Service Linkedin page provides a platform where we can provide immediate updates to followers of the UK Data Service company page, who can share these updates with their own professional networks with the single click of a button.

"
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2017
URL https://www.linkedin.com/company/uk-data-service/
 
Description UK Data Service Newsletter 
Form Of Engagement Activity A magazine, newsletter or online publication
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact The UK Data Service Newsletter focuses on news and events of interest to the social science data community. The newsletter also highlights articles featuring research in the media using data from our collection.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2017
URL https://www.ukdataservice.ac.uk/news-and-events/news/newsletters
 
Description UK Data Service Twitter 
Form Of Engagement Activity Engagement focused website, blog or social media channel
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Media (as a channel to the public)
Results and Impact "The UK Data Service has adopted a multi-voiced approach to twitter to allow more people, partners and communities to engage with the Service and its resources. This ensures that each 'voice' can be tailored to a particular user group's interests (UKDS General, UKDS Data Impact, UKDS International and UKDS Census).https://twitter.com/ukdataservice

https://twitter.com/UKDataService

(https://twitter.com/UKDSIntdata)

(https://twitter.com/UKDSCensus)
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2017
URL https://twitter.com/ukdataservice
 
Description UK Data Service Workshop on Creating Shareable Research Data: Managing and Archiving Social Science Research Data 
Form Of Engagement Activity A formal working group, expert panel or dialogue
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact This two-day workshop was designed to help improve knowledge and skills on creating shareable social science data, managing that data, and the archiving and publishing of that data at the end of a research project. The workshop was designed for ESRC grant holders and researchers who are expected to archive their data with the UK Data Service for future reuse, but also for other researchers interested in publishing data to make them available for reuse or as evidence for a published paper.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2017
 
Description UK Data Service YouTube 
Form Of Engagement Activity Engagement focused website, blog or social media channel
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Media (as a channel to the public)
Results and Impact "The UK Data Service's YouTube page provides a platform to present UK Data Service videos and webinars to the general public.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2017
URL https://www.youtube.com/user/UKDATASERVICE
 
Description UK Data Service training session for students at the Marshall Library Cambridge 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Regional
Primary Audience Postgraduate students
Results and Impact Deborah Wiltshire from the UK Data Service presented a workshop at the Marshall Library, University of Cambridge introducing the students to the data and resources available for social and economic research through the UK Data Service.The sessions introduced students to the key types of data available, how they can access these data as well as what resources are available to help them throughout their research
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
 
Description UK Data Service training sessions for undergraduates and Mphil (PG taught) students 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Undergraduate students
Results and Impact Face to face training session for students at University of Cambridge
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2017
 
Description UKDS 2016 Impact event 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Policymakers/politicians
Results and Impact The UK Data Service hosted a panel session and networking event on 13 October at the Lighthouse in Glasgow. A panel comprising some of Scotland's leading data innovators explored data re-use in policy and research, sharing their experiences of demonstrating data enhanced impact.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2016
URL https://storify.com/UKDataService/dataimpact2016
 
Description UKDS Dissertation prize 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Postgraduate students
Results and Impact In 2016, the UK Data Service awarded three prizes for dissertations that demonstrated flair and originality in using quantitative data available through the UK Data Service.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2016
URL https://www.ukdataservice.ac.uk/use-data/student-resources/dissertation-prize/dissertation-prize-201...
 
Description UKDS Impact website 
Form Of Engagement Activity Engagement focused website, blog or social media channel
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Policymakers/politicians
Results and Impact New impact webiste
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2017
URL https://impact.ukdataservice.ac.uk/
 
Description Visit to House of Commons library staff to discuss data users needs 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Regional
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact Visit to House of Commons library staff to discuss users needs and offer expert advice
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2017
 
Description Webinar: An introduction to using administrative data with UKHLS for education research 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact This joint webinar (with ISER) is for anyone interested in research on education. The webinar consisted of 40 minute presentation followed by 20 minutes for questions.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2017
 
Description Webinar: Business data 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact This webinar is an introduction to Office for National Statistics (ONS) business data available from the UK Data Service. The webinar includes an overview of the business survey areas covered and the data available.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2016,2017
 
Description Webinar: Census data 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact This webinar is an introduction to Census data available from the UK Data Service.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2017
 
Description Webinar: Data Management Basics 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact This introductory webinar is for anyone who wants to learn about data management - it provides an overview of how to manage, document, store and safeguard research data well and how to plan and implement good data management in research projects, with a view to optimising data sharing.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2017
 
Description Webinar: Finding and accessing data in the UK Data Service 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact This introductory webinar was for anyone who wants to hear about finding data from the UK Data Service. Participants were give a practical overview of the tools that the service provides, particularly the Discover tool to help make the most of data searches.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2017
 
Description Webinar: Guided walk through ReShare 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact This webinar takes you through the process of submitted a data collection into the ReShare repository.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2017
 
Description Webinar: Introduction to Biomarker data 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact This webinar was for anyone interested in health and bio-social research. It showcased the range of biomarker data available from the UK Data Service. The webinar consisted of a 40 minute presentation, followed by 20 minutes for questions.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2017
 
Description Webinar: Introduction to the UK Data Service 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact This introductory webinar is for anyone with an interest in social research who wants to hear about the vast array of resources offered by the UK Data Service. Participants learn about the different types of quantitative and qualitative data held, how to find those data collections using the online resource discovery tools, and how to register to access datasets in a number of different formats. The webinar also demonstrates how some of the data collections can be viewed and analysed online, as well as providing an overview of the support and training resources for students, researchers and teachers.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2012,2013,2014,2015,2016
 
Description Webinar: Key data: Data about countries 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact This introductory webinar was for anyone wanting to learn about international time series data available from the UK Data Archive. The webinar consisted of a 30 minute presentation, followed by 20 minutes for questions.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2017
 
Description Webinar: Key issues in reusing data 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact This introductory webinar covers the pros and cons of reusing data and the importance of learning about the origins of your data.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2017
 
Description Webinar: Longitudinal surveys 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact This introductory webinar is for anyone who wants to learn about the wide range of longitudinal datasets available via the UK Data Service.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2012,2013,2014,2015,2016
 
Description Webinar: Qualitative data 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact This introductory webinar is for anyone who wants to learn about the qualitative or mixed methods data available from the UK Data Service.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2017
 
Description Webinar: UK and cross-national surveys 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact This webinar is for anyone who wants to learn about the key survey datasets available from the UK Data Service which provide snapshots of the UK or that allow comparisons to be made across countries.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2017
 
Description Webinar: Using qualitative data in your postgraduate research 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Postgraduate students
Results and Impact This introductory webinar was intended for postgraduate students who wanted to learn about how they can re-use qualitative data within their research projects. The webinar consisted of a presentation followed by a question/answer session.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2017
 
Description Wellcome Africa and Asia Data Managers Group 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact This meeting, organised by the Wellcome International Organisations and Partnerships division, offered the opportunity for the IT and Data Managers of Wellcome funded programmes and other scientific organisations to meet each other and provide a forum for knowledge exchange. Louise Corti (UKDS) delivered a presentation 'the UK Data Service: managing and sharing large archives and social sciences data'
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2017
 
Description Workshop Challenge Lab for Essex County Council 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Local
Primary Audience Policymakers/politicians
Results and Impact Led by the Essex Uni Chief Scientific Advisor, the event brought bring together academics, representatives from Essex County Council and other public sector partners (Police, NHS) to help to bring together ideas to help transform delivery of public services through a set of joint research projects. Faced with reducing budgets but increasing demand for services, the public sector needs to improve the delivery and targeting of services to make sure money is spent where it is needed most. The aim is for Essex University, with partners like the UK Data Archive, cutting edge of research and latest thinking which could help the public sector with the challenges it faces. Over two days the gathering identified what could be done , working with the partners, to develop ideas to improve service delivery for the benefit of the whole Essex community.A successful pitch for an award for £10k led out of the this with UKDS as a key partner.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2017
URL https://www.essex.ac.uk/news/2017/07/26/new-approach-to-delivering-public-services
 
Description Workshop ORAL HISTORY: USERS AND THEIR SCHOLARLY PRACTICES IN A MULTIDISCIPLINARY WORLD 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact 25 scholars with an interest in the application and exploitation of oral history data came together for a 3 day multidisciplinary workshop, supported by CLARIN EU. The fields of speech technology, social sciences, human computer interaction, oral history and linguistics were represented. Participants engaged with each others' methods and digital tools. While the use of language and speech is a common practice in all these scholarly fields, the use of a digital tool that is already mainstream in a parallel discipline, could open up new perspectives and approaches for searching, finding, selecting, processing and interpreting data.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
URL https://www.clarin.eu/blog/oral-history-under-scrutiny-m%C3%BCnchen-cross-disciplinary-overtures-bet...
 
Description Workshop: Collecting and storing data from Internet based sources 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact This introductory workshop was for anyone interested in collecting data from the internet via APIs. This workshop consisted of a presentation, demonstrations and a question/answer session.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2017
 
Description Workshop: Household energy use int he Agincourt area - WITS Rural campus, Bushbuckridge, South Africa 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact DataFirst and the UK Data Archive, with the MRC/Wits Agincourt Unit, have been involved in a partnership around making "big data" relevant to social science research in South Africa, in particular in the area of household energy usage. As part of this programme a team has been looking at using the Agincourt HDSS data to think about rural electrification. The purpose of this workshop is to bring together some of the preliminary results of that work and to share it with a broader group, particularly from the Agincourt Unit. It is also to think about follow-up research and funding.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2012,2017
 
Description Workshop: Introduction to programming 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact This workshop was for researchers who were looking to obtain a basic understanding of the approach taken when designing a program as as actually writing small programs to solve specific problems. the form of the workshop was a mixture of PowerPoint presentations and hands-on practical exercises using Python programming language, and open source datasets and social science datasets from the UK Data Service.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2017