The UK Data Service, which launched in 2012 and brings together key data for research is offering a comprehensive timetable of webinars over October and November which you may want to take advantage of. Some brief information for each webinar is given below with a date and sign up link.
The webinars are wide ranging (from introductory to practical tips) and include material which will be of value to researchers at all levels. You can take advantage of the webinars from your desk , in a lab or at home. There are also recorded webinars that you can access from the UK Data Service website.
Introduction to the UK Data Service 6th October 2015 , 3pm http://bit.ly/1KD9rcs
The UK Data Service holds the UK’s largest collection of digital research data. Participants will learn about the different types of quantitative and qualitative data we hold, how to find those data collections using our online resource discovery tools, and how to register to access datasets in a number of different formats. We will also demonstrate how some of our data collections can be viewed and analysed online, as well as providing an overview of our support and training resources for students, researchers and teachers.
Finding and accessing data in the UK Data Service 14 October 2015, 3pm http://bit.ly/1PB60rk
This webinar is intended for anyone who wants to know more about finding data from the UK Data Service. Participants will be given a practical overview, focusing on the Service’s Search and browse portal, Discover, which allows users to find datasets, variables, qualitative extracts, support guides, case studies, ESRC outputs, and more. Hints and tips on how to get the best out of Discover will be provided, as well as an overview of the portal’s growing content
Getting started with secondary data 22 October 2015, 3pm http://bit.ly/1KDcIZh
Participants will learn about key issues in secondary analysis, including understanding the context and sampling strategies, exploring data documentation to understand variables and key issues such as missing values. The ethics of reusing data will also be addressed. Participants will find this webinar most useful if they have some experience with quantitative or qualitative methods.
Data management basics 5th November 2015, 3pm http://bit.ly/1KDcqSh
Data management is essential to make sure that well organised, well documented, high quality and shareable research data result from your research project. We will guide you through: documenting your data; formatting and organising your data; storing your data, including data transfer, encryption, and file sharing; ethical and legal issues in data sharing and handling confidential information; writing a data management plan for research grants.
International Macrodata 8 October 2015, 2pm http://bit.ly/1MtPrgb
This webinar is intended for anyone who wants to know more about the international macrodata available from the UK Data Service. The UK Data Service provides access to a range of international macrodata data including those produced by the World Bank, International Monetary Fund and the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development.
Key data: Qualitative and mixed methods 11 November 2015, 3pm http://bit.ly/1Jtl1pN
This webinar is intended for anyone who wants to know more about the qualitative or mixed-methods data available from the UK Data Service. The UK Data Service provides access to a range of qualitative and mixed-methods data including Peter Townsend’s Last Refuge and Neighbourhood Boundaries, Social Disorganisation and Social Exclusion.
Data sources for research students 28th October 2015, 3pm http://bit.ly/1LaBre2
This webinar is likely to be of particular interest to final year undergraduate students and masters students who are considering doing a research degree. It will discuss the range of major data sources available within the UK, both within and outside the UK Data Service that are available for reuse by research students.
If you have any questions feel free to contact your librarian.
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