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Free tips, resources, and exercises from SAGE’s Success in Research Series

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SAGE has pulled together some tips, exercises and resources covering a number of key areas of professional and research development: presenting research, developing research proposals,…

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Added by SAGE Publications on October 20, 2014 at 15:59 — No Comments

From research question to exploratory data analysis workshop

21 November 2014



University of Manchester

This is a one day introductory workshop which looks at the initial stages involved in undertaking a research project using survey data from the UK Data Service collection.

We will focus on the steps involved in:

  • clarifying a research question
  • using the UK Data Service Discover tool to locate data
  • evaluating data for your…
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Added by Alix Taylor on October 16, 2014 at 10:23 — No Comments

Big Data and Confidentiality: Does the rise of big data mean the downfall in privacy?

4 November 2014

University of Essex, Southend Campus

There is a lot of interest around big data, and at the same time there is fear about how it is used.

In this interactive roundtable event experts from a variety of disciplines will consider the confidentiality issues related to 'big data' and the existence and use of such large datasets.

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The phenomenon of 'big data' has become…

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Added by Alix Taylor on October 13, 2014 at 11:00 — No Comments

Labour Force Survey/Annual Population Survey user conference

28 November 2014

JISC, Brettenham House, London

The next Labour Force Survey/Annual Population Survey user conference is being organised by the UK Data Service for Friday 28 November 2014.

The programme will contain a mixture of papers from the data producers, the Office for National Statistics, and researchers. Presentations will be based on analysis of the UK Labour Force Survey(LFS) or Annual Population Survey…

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Added by Alix Taylor on October 8, 2014 at 8:53 — No Comments

Webinar: An Introduction to Data and Resources for Librarians - 11th November 2014

The UK Data Service is holding a webinar aimed at librarians. This free 45-minute webinar provides an overview of what data the UK Data Service holds, and demonstrates ways to find and download data from the website. Moreover, it shows useful resources for librarians such as video tutorials and guides.

The UK Data Service provides online access to a vast range of data and holds over 6,000 datasets.

*Please note under our licensing agreements, you must be a student or member of…

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Added by Alix Taylor on October 1, 2014 at 8:46 — No Comments

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…

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Added by Helen Johnson on September 24, 2014 at 15:54 — No Comments

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…

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Added by Helen Johnson on September 24, 2014 at 15:52 — No Comments

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,…
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Added by Helen Johnson on September 24, 2014 at 14:26 — No Comments

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…

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Added by Helen Johnson on September 24, 2014 at 11:21 — No Comments

Validating a Questionnaire

By Dave Collingridge

I remember years ago walking the halls of the faculty offices at my university asking for help on validating a questionnaire. I repeatedly asked professors, “Can you tell me how to validate the questions in my survey?” The response was usually a polite, “I can’t, but have you tried talking to doctor so and so, he might be able to help.” Doctor so and so couldn’t help either. In fact, no one seemed able to help.…

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Added by SAGE Publications on September 23, 2014 at 18:30 — 1 Comment

Qualitative Data Analysis Software Resource Centre

If you’re a student or researcher embarking on qualitative research, chances are you’ll be looking to use software and digital tools to support you.

In their exiting new…

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Added by SAGE Publications on September 19, 2014 at 15:30 — No Comments

Bringing the innovators to social science data, 7 November 2014, Open Data Institute, London

Use open data from the UK Data Service and make an app (or a really cool visualisation).

This event, part of the ESRC Festival of Social Science, is for developers, data visualisation designers and other innovative data lovers looking for untapped resources.

Join us for lunch, learn about the free and open data available from the UK Data Service, and access it via our easy-to-use APIs. This event will be held in partnership with AppChallenge, a commercial consortia of Open Data…

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Added by Helen Johnson on September 16, 2014 at 18:35 — No Comments

Post Graduate Researcher need help

I need literature on "content analysis" and "behavioral theory" techniques. If anybody has some literature on these then please share it with me.... Thank you

Added by Faryal Batool on September 15, 2014 at 16:30 — No Comments

Putting Quality Into Qualitative Research

What, exactly, is qualitative research, and more to the point, how can it be best deployed? Maybe those are the wrong questions to start with, suggest the authors a new textbook, Successful Qualitative Research: A Practical Guide for Beginners. Instead, say Virginia Braun…

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Added by SAGE Publications on September 2, 2014 at 10:00 — No Comments

Researchers, communities and ethically significant experiences - call for contributions

Thanks to those who have visited my research blog and left a comment.  I am receiving lots of views on the blog but only a small number of contributions. 

This is a problem for me because the contributions are my data and 'there ain't much of it'.…

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Added by Elena Wilson on August 29, 2014 at 1:03 — No Comments

Essex Home Coming: Digital Data Delights; 50 years of bits and bytes, 13 September 2014, University of Essex, Room LTB 7 (210)

The UK Data Archive, now a world-class and pioneering digital data archive, was set up in 1967 at the University. At this talk, Hersh Mann will showcase our best-loved collections and what our users do with these.

Dr Hersh Mann is Senior Training and Support Officer at the UK Data Archive. He has a long association with Essex, receiving both his bachelor’s degree and PhD in the Department of Government before joining the Archive in 2009.

Time: 10.30 - 11.30…

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Added by Helen Johnson on August 27, 2014 at 15:56 — No Comments

Big Data: No Free Lunch for Protecting Privacy

The past and future collided last year for the International Year of Statistics, when six professional organizations celebrated the multifaceted role of statistics in contemporary society to raise public awareness of statistics, and to promote thinking about the future of the discipline. The past came in the form of the 300th anniversary of Jacob Bernoulli’s Ars conjectandi (Art of Conjecturing) and the 250th anniversary of Thomas Bayes’ “An Essay Towards Solving a Problem in…

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Added by SAGE Publications on August 25, 2014 at 15:44 — No Comments

Free Webinar: Supporting Research Methods in the Library

How much do students look to you for guidance with their research projects? Are they well-supported in the research process and do they have a clear methodology, or do you constantly need to point them to the right content?

While students of all levels are tasked with conducting research, their familiarity with the project design process and methodology can vary widely, and often librarians are called upon to guide them. Our panelists will give you their tips and tools to assist…

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Added by SAGE Publications on August 20, 2014 at 15:43 — No Comments

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Added by shunda2014 on August 9, 2014 at 8:50 — No Comments

Teaching Qualitative Research

This post first appeared at SAGE Connection.

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As part of SAGE's summer reading series, where the parent of MethodSpace offers free articles that showcase classroom tips to university…

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Added by SAGE Publications on July 28, 2014 at 16:30 — No Comments

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