Providing Social Science Data Services: Strategies for Design and Operation


This five-day workshop is being offered to individuals who manage or support local services for ICPSR and other research data for quantitative analysis. Those who should attend include anyone who is new to providing social science data services, who is seeking to revitalize an existing service, or who is looking to refresh and expand on previous knowledge. We believe that this workshop will also be useful to those outside the social sciences who are responsible for providing access to research data in other domains. An important component of this workshop will be the collaboration and networking opportunities offered to the participants.

This workshop is organized around four data service areas: collections; users; access; and preservation. This workshop will touch on the complete research lifecycle. The structure of the workshop will rely on presentations, participant collaborations, and hands-on exercises. Fundamental topics are covered, including conducting a data reference interview, searching for social science data, interpreting data documentation, coping with various dissemination formats, accessing and subsetting data through web-based tools (e.g., SDA and Nesstar), selecting and downloading ICPSR data, and options for local data delivery. Other topics will include managing your data collection, service promotion, preservation, and sustainability. The final day concludes with an exercise drawing upon the lessons learned throughout the workshop that can be applied to your institution.

Note: This is not a course in statistical analysis and attendees are not expected to know how to use statistical software.

Fee: Members = $1700; Non-members = $3200

Tags: data librarian, data services

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