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A Data Curation Application Using DDI: The DAMES Data Curation Tool for Organising Specialist Social Science Data Resources

Presenter 1
Simon Jones
University of Stirling
Presenter 2
Guy Warner
University of Stirling
Presenter 3
Paul Lambert
University of Stirling
Presenter 4
Jesse Blum
University of Stirling

This paper will present the public access metadata tools and services developed by the UK's 'Data Management through e-Social Science' research Node ( Requirements of the Node are to curate and distribute data resources linked with a number of specialist topics (data on occupations; educational qualifications; ethnicity and immigration; social care; and e-Health data). Heterogeneous data formats and structures can be identified. Most resources are generated through academic research, and are typically freely distributed, but lacking in firm standards of preparation. Services are required to collect, process, and subsequently distribute these data resources for the benefit of social science research. Metadata tools and services have been prepared to generate metadata on the relevant resources. This occurs principally in the form of an online 'data curation tool' which is intended to be accessible to non-specialists. Metadata collected through the tool is stored in DDI format (DDI 3), through which it can subsequently be exploited for further data analysis and organisational tasks, including facilitating the further distribution of the data. This paper will describe the currently available tools, and ongoing issues in designing and employng these metadata-oriented tools and services.

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