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Social Science Data Archives. Libbie Stephenson Data Archivist 4317 School of Public Policy Libbie@ucla.edu 310-825-0716 http://www.sscnet.ucla.edu/issr/da http://www.ats.ucla.edu/stat/seminars/DataArchives/default.htm. About the Data Archive. Who are we? How do we help?

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social science data archives

Social Science Data Archives

Libbie Stephenson

Data Archivist

4317 School of Public Policy

Libbie@ucla.edu

310-825-0716

http://www.sscnet.ucla.edu/issr/da

http://www.ats.ucla.edu/stat/seminars/DataArchives/default.htm

about the data archive
Aboutthe Data Archive
  • Who are we?
  • How do we help?
  • What’s in the collection?

ATS Presentation Jan 2004

what are data files and how are they used in research
What are data files and how are they used in research?
  • Conducting surveys vs. secondary analysis
  • Replication, hypothesis testing, methodology, populations, longitudinal and x-sectional

ATS Presentation Jan 2004

when is data useful for research
When is data useful for research?
  • Raw data
  • Tables
  • Publications

ATS Presentation Jan 2004

what does data look like
What does data look like?

ATS Presentation Jan 2004

how do i find data
How do I find data?
  • Geography
  • Time
  • Population
  • Search Engines

ATS Presentation Jan 2004

what else do i need to know
What else do I need to know?
  • Units of analysis
  • Types of variables
  • Data Structures

ATS Presentation Jan 2004

units of analysis
Units of analysis
  • Persons
  • Households
  • Events
  • Records
    • Official
    • Civil

ATS Presentation Jan 2004

types of variables
Types of variables
  • Alpha/Character vs. Numeric
  • Continuous vs Discrete
  • Summary/Aggregate vs Micro

ATS Presentation Jan 2004

data structures
Data Structures
  • Rectangular
  • Hierarchical
  • Relational

ATS Presentation Jan 2004

how do i know it s useful
How do I know it’s useful?

Questionnaires

Codebooks

ATS Presentation Jan 2004

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Welcome to the ISSR Data Archives Home Page. This page is primarily set up to allow our users (namely, UCLA students and faculty) to have an idea of what files we keep at the Archive. If you cannot find something on our site that you feel is essential, send an email message to libbie@ucla.edu. Your comments and suggestions are always welcome.

http://www.sscnet.ucla.edu/issr/da

ATS Presentation Jan 2004

icpsr mega data site
ICPSR - - Mega Data Site
  • Searching
  • Choosing
  • Downloading
  • On-line analysis
  • Inter-university Consortium for Political and Social Research - - http://www.icpsr.umich.edu

ATS Presentation Jan 2004

what s at icpsr
What’s at ICPSR?
  • Search strategy
  • Terminology
  • Word vs phrase
  • Data holdings vs web site
  • Search fields

ATS Presentation Jan 2004

what does a search tell me
What does a search tell me?
  • Reviewing search results
  • Study information - - codebooks
  • Other study links
  • Relevance to search terms
  • Symbols

ATS Presentation Jan 2004

getting your data
Getting Your Data
  • ICPSR Direct
  • Bruin-online accounts
  • Working from home
  • Restricted data

ATS Presentation Jan 2004

downloading data
Downloading Data
  • Help with Downloads
  • How to Download

http://www.icpsr.umich.edu/help/data-help.html

ATS Presentation Jan 2004

on line data analysis das
On-line Data Analysis - DAS
  • Wide variety of studies
  • Useful as teaching tool
  • On-line codebook browsing
  • Eases use of data

ATS Presentation Jan 2004

problems
Problems ?
  • The Archive is here to help
  • CD’s and other materials
  • Technical assistance
  • Statistical help

ATS Presentation Jan 2004