Early last week the Economic and Social Research Council published a new research data policy. Aligned with the RCUK Common Principles on Data Sharing, the policy outlines the obligations of ESRC grant holders and their institutions with respect to the collection, management and re-use of research data. A specific requirement is that grant holders should “generate scientifically robust data ready for further re-use” (ESRC).
The 6th ESRC Research Methods Festival offers researchers a comprehensive programme of over 50 sessions and 200 presenters, featuring the following themes.
- Cross-national methods and international knowledge exchange
- Secondary data analysis initiatives
- Methodological innovations
- Social media and creative methods
- Careers and skills development
The festival will be held this year from 8th to 10th July at St Catherine’s College, Oxford. The festival is great value for money for a comprehensive programme and there are also discounted early bookings available until 11 April. For instance, the early bird research student day ticket is just £45. See the programme for further details and how to book.
The Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC) has just announced the launch of a new national service that will consolidate and incorporate four established data services and websites:
- Economic and Social Data Service (ESDS)
- Secure Data Service (SDS)
- Survey Question Bank (SQB)
The UK Data Service offers a a single point of access to a wide range of secondary data including large-scale government surveys, international macrodata, business microdata, qualitative studies and census data from 1971 to 2011. Read the rest of this entry