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Electric Space: Space based solar power technologies and applications

Electric Space: Space based solar power technologies and applications By Ali Baghchehsara, Danny Royce Jones

Innovation has delivered humanity from the caves to the…

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Added by Ali Baghchehsara on December 15, 2014 at 22:00 — No Comments

Introductory webinars in 2015, from the UK Data Service

From January, the UK Data Service will be rolling out a programme of 26 regular webinars throughout the year. These will cover a collection of 14 core topics.

Webinars are online seminars which are free and easy to join without the expense and trouble of travel any further than to your own computer. To book or to find out more about our wider programme of outreach and training events including our specialist and one-off webinars please see our…

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Added by Helen Johnson on December 11, 2014 at 16:53 — No Comments

Webinar: Open geographies and open software - using open UKDS Census Support datasets in open source GIS software

21 January 2015

Online at 4 pm

This webinar will provide an introduction to the range of open data that is available through Census Support. Through practical examples based around the geographic visualisation and spatial analysis of census data we will explore the range of the open source GIS software that is available.

A large number of geospatial datasets, including boundaries and geographic look-up tables are available…

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Added by Alix Taylor on December 2, 2014 at 15:57 — No Comments

Webinar: Born talking: Using birth cohort data about speech, language and communication to inform policy and practice

12 December 2014

Online at 3 pm

Birth cohorts are longitudinal studies that typically include data about many thousands of people. They involve data collection around the time of the participants’ birth and at regular intervals through the lifespan. Data from birth cohorts have been used to inform policy and practice in many areas of health and education, but have been relatively under-used to research speech, language and…

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Added by Alix Taylor on December 2, 2014 at 15:30 — No Comments

The R Revolution: Is it for You?

By Dave Collingridge

When I was first introduced to the R statistics program a few years ago, I was reluctant to get into the R scene. I was already proficient with my point-and-click SPSS software. I saw little reason to learn R. But my R-user colleagues encouraged me to give it a try. They raved about R’s versatility, graphics, and cost—it’s free!

I was curious. What did R have to offer that SPSS did not have to offer? As more and more people…

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Added by SAGE Publications on November 14, 2014 at 15:44 — 4 Comments

UK Data Service: Data driven research - Access, analyse, evidence

10 December 2014

London School of Economics

This free half-day workshop offers an introduction to the data, resources and support available from the UK Data Service.

The workshop is aimed at researchers in the social sciences and related disciplines, research methods teachers and librarians who wish to learn more about the resources and support offered by the UK Data Service.

It will involve a mixture of presentation,…

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Added by Alix Taylor on November 13, 2014 at 13:39 — No Comments

Webinar: 2011 Census Update

9 December 2014

Online at 2.30 pm

This webinar will provide brief updates on the wide range of 2011 census data available through the UK Data Service.

It will summarise the progress which has already been made to make data available through the service. It will also identify which products are outstanding but still anticipated.

It will be of interest to users who have questions about what we…

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Added by Alix Taylor on November 10, 2014 at 15:05 — No Comments

Webinar: 2011 Census: Flow Data

4 December 2014



Online at 3pm

This webinar provides an overview of the interaction data available as outputs from the 2011 Census. Interaction data are about flows between two places, such as counts of migrants or commuters.

It will describe what data are available, including data deriving from new questions in the 2011 Census, and how they can be accessed using online tools.

Please book…

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Added by Alix Taylor on November 10, 2014 at 15:02 — No Comments

Healthcare researchers face unique challenges when using qualitative methods

by Jane Edwards, PhD

 

Healthcare researchers sometimes avoid the complexity of the histories and traditions of different methods by using the term 'qualitative research' for their method rather than a specific method. It is still possible to find papers in journals where the method is not specified, or a method is specified but not the particular…

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Added by Jane on November 3, 2014 at 0:31 — No Comments

Crime Surveys User Conference 2014, 8 December 2014, Brettenham House, London

This Crime Surveys User Conference is being organised by the UK Data Service for Monday 8 December 2014.

The program will contain a mixture of papers from the data producers, including the Office for National Statistics, and researchers.

Presentations will be based on analysis of the UK crime surveys, e.g. the Crime Survey for England and Wales (formerly the British Crime Survey), Offending, Crime and Justice Survey or the Scottish Crime and Justice Survey.

Booking at:…

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Added by Helen Johnson on October 27, 2014 at 17:14 — No Comments

Free Webinar – Teaching Research Methods: How to Make it Meaningful to Students

How do you capture your students’ attention in your research methods course?  What works, and what doesn’t?  What are some of the challenges you face, and how do you overcome them?

Join SAGE authors Gregg Van Ryzin and Dahlia Remler on Wednesday, October 29, 11AM PT as they share their vast experience and approach to teaching Research Methods to students with diverse interests and different…

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Added by SAGE Publications on October 22, 2014 at 18:30 — No Comments

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

View the resources here

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.

Festival Of Social Science logo

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

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