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Discovering and accessing Social Science data of East Asian countries: Trends and obstacles

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Jungwon Yang
University of Michigan

The increasing use of geographic information system (GIS), combined with the wider availability of statistics of census and economic data, has recently opened up new possibilities for more interdisciplinary academic research in social sciences. Social science researchers have become more and more interested in combining geographic analysis and traditional quantitative and statistical methods in order to test hypotheses and present arguments in more effective ways. Yet, discovering, accessing, and using international geospatial data and statistics is still a challenge for researchers: As OECD Global Science Forum report (2013) noted, information about the existence of micro-data and their availability for the re-use is often difficult to find. The language, legal, cultural, and technological obstacles often exacerbate the difficulty to re-use the discovered data. In this paper, I review what kinds of new data on East Asian countries have been recently developed by national statistical agencies, government departments, and academic institutions. Also, what obstacles researchers have encountered in using the data in their research are investigated.

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