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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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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