Digital Futures data consultation meeting 16 April 2013

This data consultation meeting is being run as part of the ESRC Digital Futures Project which is part of the UK Data Service. It aims to provide enhanced access to key ESRC-funded qualitative data via online data browsing and exploration. The project will exploit previously digitised and undigitised materials with both proven and known demand. The project is divided into two discrete strands of work. The first strand is largely technical and will develop a user-friendly system for publishing and exploring qualitative data online. The second strand is about enhancing existing data, currently in non-digital format, that will populate this system.

This meeting, part of the second strand, is to continue the consultation process regarding the selection of relevant collections for digitisation. Many of the studies that have been or will be nominated were created with ESRC funding, and include qualitative data from both cohort and classic UK policy-oriented studies. We are hoping to achieve wide representation across social science disciplines, including anthropology, education, geography, history, sociology, oral history, and more.

At this meeting, we intend that the group accomplish these objectives:

  • Refine the criteria for selecting collections to digitise
  • Compile a master list of candidate collections (a draft list will be circulated in advance)
  • Prioritise the collections into definite, tentative and exclude categories.

We are seeking broad input from the community who have suggestions for primary research data sources to be digitised. Please let us know if you would like to attend. Otherwise, do email us with your suggestions at:

For more information, please contact Libby Bishop.

Time: 12:45-16:00 (Lunch 12:45-13:15; Meeting to start at 13:15),
Venue: National Centre for Voluntary Organisations (near King’s Cross); Room TBC

For full details please see:

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