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Question Bank: New and Comparative Research at a Glance

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Nanna Floor Clausen
Dansk Data Arkiv

This paper will demonstrate and discuss how the Danish question bank is of great value for both the social science research community but also for the data archives. The question database holds information on every question from the questionnaires deposited in the archive. The database is searchable from the Web via a dedicated search interface on two levels: simple and advanced. The paper will present the new advantages and possibilities where the most important feature is no doubt the direct access to compare the question wordings at a glance and the immediate access to the original questionnaires. All relevant information regarding a question is presented for the user like e.g. response categories. Other advantages for the users are e.g.:

  1. an additional method for identifying more precisely relevant surveys
  2. links to all the surveys using the given question
  3. the possibility of making comparative research of the surveys using a given question
  4. support in the construction of new questions and questionnaires
  5. new research projects as the question wordings themselves reflect the time and circumstances in which they were designed
  6. more open access and insight in the surveys and the data via the question database.
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