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Finnish Social Science Data Archive. Mari Kleemola and Jouni Sivonen: Learning NESSTAR IASSIST2001 Amsterdam, May 2001. General. FSD established in 1999 Fundamental choices: how to document data, which standard to use how to disseminate data how to market FSD. Decisions: documentation.

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mari kleemola and jouni sivonen learning nesstar iassist2001 amsterdam may 2001

Finnish Social Science Data Archive

Mari Kleemola and Jouni Sivonen:

Learning NESSTAR

IASSIST2001

Amsterdam, May 2001

general
General
  • FSD established in 1999
  • Fundamental choices:
    • how to document data, which standard to use
    • how to disseminate data
    • how to market FSD

5/2001 (mk)

decisions documentation
Decisions: documentation
  • We chose DDI, because
    • it is new
    • it is XML
    • NESSTAR utilises it
  • We do no not use all the DDI fields

5/2001 (mk)

creating ddi xml files 1
Creating DDI XML files (1)
  • Manually with text editors:

1. Document description

2. Study Description

5. Other Material

  • We use a template
  • Finished file saved in the data folder and named meFxxxx.xml (xxxx=internal data number)

5/2001 (mk)

creating ddi xml files 2
Creating DDI XML files (2)
  • Dataset is checked and saved in SPSS portable format
  • NESSTAR compatible xml file is produced by a simple batch file that calls several programs

5/2001 (mk)

the batch file
The Batch File
  • First step: NSD’s XML Generator is executed
    • 3. Data Files Description
    • 4. Variable Description
  • Second step: the two XML files are joined together
  • Third step: the joint XML file is trimmed

5/2001 (mk)

data to nesstar
Data to NESSTAR
  • DDI compatible metadata checked and validated with the NESSTAR Publisher
  • Possible errors corrected
  • Files transferred to the NESSTAR server
  • Metadata indexed using NESSTAR Publisher Administrator

5/2001 (mk)

as a result
As a result...
  • Study’s metadata available for client access via NESSTAR and NESSTAR Light (Alpha 1.1a2)
  • FSD provides only one dataset for free download

5/2001 (mk)

problems in the process
Problems in the process
  • Lack of stable, reasonable priced XML editor
  • NESSTAR Publisher does not validate all metadata XML file errors
  • Several reindexes needed before the metadata can be accessed via NESSTAR Client
  • Scandinavian characters

5/2001 (mk)

marketing fsd and nesstar
Marketing FSD and NESSTAR
  • Data archiving : new research culture in Finland
  • Challenges:
    • to make FSD known
    • to get data deposited
    • to facilitate the re-use of data
  • Needed: a powerful and easy tool to disseminate metadata and data

5/2001 (mk)

what have we done
What have we done?
  • Extensive web pages
  • Bulletin in web: FSDneWWWs
  • Printed bulletin in the autumn
  • Visited over 60 university departments and research institutes
  • Co-operation with university libraries
  • Instructions to install and use NESSTAR in Finnish

5/2001 (mk)

where has it brought us
Where has it brought us?
  • Positive feedback from researchers
  • Almost 200 datasets deposited, over 100 datasets delivered
  • Finnish researchers interested in NESSTAR and NESSTAR Light:
    • easy to learn
    • effective way to find datasets
  • ... but also frustrated :
    • slow, tends to crash down
    • not much data there (yet)

5/2001 (mk)

finally obviously
Finally - Obviously
  • We continue our work!
  • There remains a lot to do both nationally and internationally

There are unvisited departments left!

Contacting researchers one by one

Harmonising the use of DDI

Marketing NESSTAR

5/2001 (mk)

contact information
Contact Information

Finnish Social Science

Data Archive

FIN-33014

UNIVERSITY OF TAMPERE

FINLAND

Tel. +358 3 215 8519

Fax +358 3 215 8520

http://www.fsd.uta.fi/

mari.kleemola@uta.fi

jouni.sivonen@uta.fi

5/2001 (mk)