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Economic and Social Data Service June 2005. What is the ESDS?. national service supporting the archiving, dissemination and use of social and economic data launched January 2003 jointly supported by: Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC) Joint Information Systems Committee (JISC)

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Economic and social data service june 2005

Economic and Social Data ServiceJune 2005

What is the esds

What is the ESDS?

  • national service supporting the archiving, dissemination and use of social and economic data

  • launched January 2003

  • jointly supported by:

    • Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC)

    • Joint Information Systems Committee (JISC)

  • initial five year funding commitment



  • UK Data Archive, Essex

  • MIMAS, Manchester

  • Cathie Marsh Centre for Census and Survey Research (CCSR), Manchester

  • Institute of Social and Economic Research (ISER), Essex

Esds overview

ESDS overview

  • provides access and support for key economic and social data

  • distributed service, bringing together centres of expertise in data creation, dissemination, preservation and use

  • provides seamless and easier access to a range of disparate resources for UK Higher and Further Education sectors

  • core archiving services plus four specialist dataservices

Sources of data

Sources of data

Data for research and teaching purposes and used in all sectors and for many different disciplines

  • official agencies - mainly central government

  • international statistical time series

  • individual academics - research grants

  • market research agencies

  • public records/historical sources

  • qualitative and quantitative

  • links to UK census data

  • access to international datavia links with other data archives worldwide

Collection held at ukda

Collection held at UKDA

  • 5,000+datasets in the collection

  • 300+new datasets are added each year

  • 9,000users

  • 38,000datasets distributed worldwide

  • history data service in-house (AHDS)

Key target groups

Key target groups

  • research users

    • experienced researchers

    • new researchers

    • PhD students and their supervisors

  • teachers and students

    • research methods

    • substantive courses

  • data support staff

  • data creators

Esds core services

ESDS Core Services

  • ESDS Management

    • central ESDS website

    • central 'first stop' help desk service

    • coherent and flexible collections development policy

    • central registration service operating across the ESDS and Census Programme

    • monitoring performance

    • setting standards

  • ESDS Access and Preservation

    • collections development strategy

    • ingest activities - including data and documentation processing

    • metadata creation

    • data dissemination services, including value-added dissemination

    • long-term preservation

Specialist data services

Specialist data services

  • ESDS Government

  • ESDS International

  • ESDS Longitudinal

  • ESDS Qualidata

    Greater emphasis on:

    • support and training for the secondary use of data for research, learning and teaching

    • value-added data and documentation

    • enhanced resource discovery

    • improved delivery services

    • outreach and promotion

Esds government

ESDS Government

  • based on substantive themes

    • year 1: Employment and labour market

    • year 2: Health

    • year 3: Social exclusion

  • enhanced products

    • value-added data and documentation

    • easier routes through complex documentation

    • derived variables to provide consistency over time, working with users and producers

  • highlighting research value

    • workshops on new opportunities e.g. data linkage, synthetic estimation

    • links with Methods Programme, Census Programme

  • Regular meetings between users and data producers

Esds international

ESDS International

  • access to regularly updated macro-economic time series datasets from selected major international statistical databanks that collectively chart over 50 years of global economic, industrial and political change:

    • International Monetary Fund

    • OECD

    • United Nations

    • World Bank

    • Eurostat

    • International Labour Organisation

    • UK Office for National Statistics

  • access for UK HE/FE scholars

  • access to microdata surveys

    • Eurobarometers

    • International Social Survey Programme

    • other social data via national data archives

Esds longitudinal

ESDS Longitudinal

ESDS Longitudinal will help users to investigate and use the datasets by:

  • creating sampler files in Nesstar to facilitate the exploration of the content of the data

  • training at introductory and advanced levels on the use of longitudinal data resources

  • in partnership, developing enhanced documentation, and tools for data subsetting and matching

Esds qualidata

ESDS Qualidata

  • data from ESRC individual and programme research grant awards as well as ‘classic’ social science studies

  • enhanced user guides and digital samplers

  • exemplars and case studies of re-use

  • online access to qualitative data

  • user support and training activities to support secondary analysis of qualitative data

  • enabling access to key non-digital qualitative collections

  • advice for creators of qualitative data resources

Esds accessing data

ESDS: Accessing data

  • web pages - easy to navigate format

    • web catalogue with variable level searching

    • subject browsing

    • major series pages

    • new service-focused catalogue searches

    • access to online documentation - pdf user guides and forms

  • registration

    • one-stop registration with Athens userid/password

    • online account management and “Shopping Basket” ordering

  • Esds accessing data1

    ESDS: Accessing data

    • web instant download and offline media access to data and metadata

    • online data browsing services (Nesstar, Quali Online, ESDS International macrodata)

    • data are freely available for all but commercial users

    • data supplied in a variety of formats

      • statistical package formats (eg spss)

      • databases and spreadsheets

      • word processed documents

      • pdf documents

    Esds supporting research and teaching

    ESDS: supporting research and teaching

    • service specific help for each service

      • dedicated web pages, help desks, FAQs, analysis support

    • generating new researchers

      • series of workshops around the country

    • teaching datasets, online samplers

    • discussion lists, newsletters, user group meetings

    Training programme

    Training programme

    • introductory and ‘getting started’ courses

    • topic-based or thematic courses

    • specific datasets, data series, particular data types

    • support software packages

    • analysis - basic and more advanced

      • weighting

      • analysing hierarchical data

      • analysing longitudinal and qualitative data

      • methodological issues

  • ‘train the trainers’ workshops

  • Best practice in creating data

    Best practice in creating data

    • advisory service for ESRC grant applicants

    • guidance and updated web information on data management and legal and ethical issues

    • programme of outreach events for data creators and depositors

    • working with ESRC to implement a workable Datasets Policy

    Working with sister resources

    Working with sister resources

    • working closely and maximising synergy with other ESRC investments

      • SOSIG

      • NCRM/RMP

      • E-Social Science

      • CAQDAS Networking Project

      • Question Bank

      • Census programme

    • working with sister services nationally and internationally

      • CESSDA

      • ICPSR

      • AHDS

      • MIMAS

      • EDINA

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