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Enhancing and Enriching Historic Census Microdata Event, 31 October 2014, Royal Statistical Society, London

This event will launch new census products produced by the Enhancing and Enriching Historic Census Microdata (EEHCM) project.

This evening session follows the Census Research User Conference at the Royal Statistical Society. It marks the production of additional new microdata products from twentieth century censuses.

We will be celebrating the completion of the first files from a collaboration between the UK Data Archive, University of Essex, University of Manchester and Census…


Posted by Helen Johnson on September 24, 2014 at 15:54

Census Research User Conference 2014, 31 October 2014, Royal Statistical Society, London

UK Data Service Census Support is holding a one-day conference to provide users and data creators with an opportunity to meet and discuss developments in census research.

The day will be composed of presentations from census agencies on developments in data and from users who have used the data in their research. The presentations will be based on analysis of the 2011 and earlier census products including aggregate tables, flow data and microdata

The conference will be followed…


Posted by Helen Johnson on September 24, 2014 at 15:52

Looking after and managing your research data: An advanced training course, 18-19 June 2015 University of Essex

This in-depth 2-day course will help researchers develop their knowledge and professional skills in handling, managing and sharing the research data they produce.

The hands-on workshop will focus on all kinds of data - quantitative and qualitative – covering:

  • Why and how to share data
  • Research data management planning
  • Documenting and providing context for data
  • Formatting and organising data
  • Storing and transferring data
  • Ethics,…

Posted by Helen Johnson on September 24, 2014 at 14:26

Secondary analysis of qualitative data: An advanced training course, 4-5 June 2014, University of Essex

This two-day workshop is designed for qualitative researchers aiming to reuse secondary data in their own work.

Through presentations and practical sessions, participants will learn about the key issues in secondary analysis, including: research ethics, methodological challenges, data context and sampling.

Participants will also gain direct experience of accessing qualitative data from the UK Data Service collections during a bespoke IT workshop, and engage in other hands-on…


Posted by Helen Johnson on September 24, 2014 at 11:21

Learn how to embrace social media


***Read the event blog here***

Should social science researchers embrace social media and, if we do, what are the implications for our methods and practice?

We know that social media tools are increasingly being used to as part of the social sciences. The nature of these tools means that it is a fast changing environment, with new practices emerging all the time. Despite this, there is limited interaction between practitioners or synthesis of different methods. There are also few opportunities to reflect on the implications of social media tools for our subjects of study, methods and ethics. Our network of methodological innovation brings together academics, researchers and research stakeholders in a community of practice with members drawn from the cutting-edge of academia, market research and applied social research.

The network is led by NatCen Social Research, SAGE and the Oxford Internet Institute, and funded by the NCRM. It’s hosted over several different platforms, including Methodspace, Blogspot, Twitter and YouTube, and will run over 12 months.


The Research Thesis

Started by SAGE Publications in Selected reading yesterday.

A Novel Calibration Estimator in Social Surveys

Started by SAGE Publications in Selected reading on Thursday.

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The Research Thesis

By Paul Oliver“In this chapter you will learn about the different forms which a research thesis can take, and explore the criteria which help to distinguish a master’s from a doctoral thesis. We look at the broad characteristics of academic writing, along with some of the features which characterize a well-written…See More
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McNemar/Bowker references

Following a lot of searching through books and journals to find an alternative to Chi squared for in-sample testing, I eventually resorted to the internet and found a lot of recommendations for McNemar or Bowker. I ended up using these (well, Bowker, as I always have more than 2 variables), and this seemed to work well.My problem now is that I don't have a decent reference to defend my use of this test in my thesis. I can't find either test in any of my books, and searching for papers hasn't…See More
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Qualitative Interviewing

This group is mostly about practical aspects of how to (and why to do) qualitative interviews, and less about how to analyze them.



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