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Restoring and preserving historic data for research purposes

Presenter 1
Arne Wolters
UK Data Archive
Presenter 2
Matthew Woollard
UK Data Archive

The Enhancing and Enriching Historic Census Microdata (EEHCM) project is a joint project between the UK Data Archive, the Office for National Statistics (ONS), National Records of Scotland (NRS) and the Northern Ireland Statistics Research Agency (NISRA). The project consists of two phases; the first phase focusses on the restoration and preservation of the 1961, 1966, 1971 and 1981 census of Great Britain; the second phase will create public use and researcher samples for each census. This paper will outline the key issues on the restoration of the original data, first read from backup tapes earlier in the millennium and discuss the key issues surrounding the necessity for documentation in the successful recovery of historic data. It will also discuss the key lessons learned in both restoring files, and preserving and documenting current datasets for future use. The second part of the paper will explain what public use and researcher samples have been made available, and the principles behind their construction.

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