Sources of Socio-Economic Data
Socio-economic data cover a wide variety of themes, e.g. wealth, governance and health, content, e.g. political boundaries, demographic information and economic statistics, formats, e.g. spatial, tabular and textual, and scales, e.g. individual, household, enterprise, local, regional and global. Indeed, many research projects require data in order to answer a proposed research problem, hypothesis or set of objectives. In addition, the quantity of data, their qualities and how they are sampled and measured have implications for the choice and effectiveness of the data analysis techniques used in subsequent analysis. Therefore, it is very important that you have the correct data for your specific research project.
Locating relevant secondary data in the digital environment presents us with many opportunities and challenges. To assist you, we will start off by covering a few basic definitions. For example, many ‘data’ databases differentiate between micro- and macrodata. We will then run through how to access statistics from a range of sources, from government websites through to subscription databases – firstly focused on finance and business and then moving to other data archives more generally.
A demonstration will be given to outline the primary features of the UK Data Service. The UKDS is a comprehensive resource funded by the ESRC and provides access to international macrodata, large-scale surveys (UK, cross-national and longitudinal), business microdata, qualitative studies and census data. Hands-on exercises will allow you to explore what’s available for yourself, including support materials, and get to grips with the UKDS.Stat interface in order to access, manipulate and visualise data from the World Bank. Finally, we’ll run through my top tips and learn how to find further help, advice and information.
This session will be held in the Science Library, Ground Floor cluster room (G15).
- Monday, November 25, 2019
- 10:00am - 11:30am
- DMS Watson (Science Library) Cluster room (G15), Ground Floor