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Conference Presentations 2013

  • IASSIST 2013-Data Innovation: Increasing Accessibility, Visibility, and Sustainability, Cologne, Germany
    Host Institution: GESIS – Leibniz Institute for the Social Sciences

Posters (Thu, 2013-05-30)

  • The Good, the Bad and the Census
    Justin Hayes (Mimas, University of Manchester )
    Rob Dymond-Green (Mimas, University of Manchester )
    Richard Wiseman (Mimas, University of Manchester )


    UK Data Service Census Support provides integrated access to recent UK censuses in ways that make the data easier to understand and use. Census Support is part of the Economic and Social Research Council's new UK Data Service, bringing together a long history of data management, support and facilitating access to census data to the UK research community. This poster illustrates the challenges we are facing while ingesting the 2011 census data into InFuse, our interface. On 27 March 2011, the three UK statistical agencies (ONS, NISRA and NRS) simultaneously conducted the census. We have developed an integrated data model that is flexible enough to cope with the issues raised by combining data from multiple census agencies. Some of the issues we are dealing with are; consistency of definitions within and across censuses, complicated geographic hierarchies, and different thresholds used to generate the small area statistics. InFuse demonstrates benefits of a data feed approach to dissemination, such as being able to filter across the entire dataset. The integration of metadata enhances the discoverability data. It also provides initial solutions to some generic challenges, including management of the sparsity of multi-dimensional datasets through guided queries, and complex operations upon hierarchical structures.

  • Generic Statistical Information Model
    Therese Lalor (United Nations)


    Across the world statistical organizations undertake similar activities albeit with variation in the processes each uses. Each of these activities use and produce similar information (for example all agencies use classifications, create data sets and publish products). Although the information used by statistical organizations is at its core the same, all organizations tend to describe this information slightly differently (and often in different ways within each organization). There is no common means to describe the information we use. GSIM is a conceptual model that provides a set of standardized, consistently described information objects, which are the inputs and outputs in the design and production of statistics. GSIM must be implementable. In order to support the implementation of GSIM, known standards and tools have also been examined, to ensure that the reference framework is complete and useful in this respect. The relationship between GSIM and other models and standards is two-fold. The standards and models serve as inputs to the creation of GSIM, and also act as targets for the use of GSIM within organizations. This session aims to introduce the model, discuss the relationship with DDI and look at implementations in national statistical institutes.

  • Establishing a National Statistical Information Repository in Uganda: Prospects and Challenges
    Winny Akullo Nekesa ( Uganda Bureau of Statistics)


    Uganda Bureau of Statistics is a semi-autonomous government agency established under the 1998 Act of Parliament to spearhead the development and maintenance of the National Statistical System (NSS). In order to develop a coherent, reliable, efficient and demand-driven NSS that supports management and development initiatives, the Bureau in collaboration with key Ministries Departments Agencies (MDAs) under the Plan for National Statistical Development namely, Ministry of Health, Ministry of Education, Ministry of Tourism, Trade and Industry, Ministry of Gender, Labor and Social Development, Ministry of Agriculture, Animal Industry and Fisheries, Ministry of Local Government , Bank of Uganda (BOU) and Uganda Police Force generate a lot of statistical information which is scattered in various locations in the MDAs. Access to a wide array of statistical information is a challenge because there is no established mechanism or facility were this information or access modalities can be centralized, coordinated and managed. Such a facility once set up would act as the digital preservation repository/hub for data/information to inform and support evidence based decision making for better socio-economic development outcomes. This paper outlines the proposed digitization process and the prospects of this system and the challenges that are likely to be met.

  • Evaluation of Repository for Inclusion in Data Citation Index
    Irena Vipavc Brvar (Slovene Social Science Data Archives (ADP))


    Slovene Social Science Data Archives (ADP) are one of the smallest CESSDA archives but still wants to follow the big ones. ADP is registered as local repository at Slovene Ministry of Education and Science and authors of social science surveys with data saved in our archive gain scientific points. To expand beyond country borders we would like to be included as a repository in Data Citation Index on Thomson Reuter. In this poster we will present requirements of Thomson Reuter, and our path from where we are now to the inclusion in this register of data repositories. We would like make data more visible to foreign researchers, and to make links between publication and data possible. Some CESSDA archives already made this path and we would like to follow them.

  • CartoGrammar-Making Cartograms the Easy Way
    Stuart Macdonald (University of Edinburgh)


    The primary aim of the work undertaken was to offer a production strength generic service and associated toolset for the benefit of a wider social-science audience. We discuss the creation of an open web service and supporting web site 'galleria' and tools that allow social scientists to create, share and reuse custom, bespoke cartograms. Our objectives in undertaking this work were to: 1. Make more robust (in terms of software implementation and service quality), an existing, proof-of-concept service, previously funded by the UK's Economic and Social Research Council under its Census Program Innovation awards; 2. Ensure that tools exist which are both readily available and comprehensible for use by novice and non-expert users; 3. Showcase user generated datasets in a way that is engaging and permits onward sharing, reuse and remix of original and derived data; and 4. Deliver a sustainable infrastructure that supports both machine-to-machine and human-machine interaction.

  • Easy DDI Organizer (EDO): Metadata Management and Survey Planning Tool Based on DDI-Lifecycle
    Yuki Yonekura (The University of Tokyo)


    From 2010, Social Science Japan Data Archive started to introduce DDI and also develop Easy DDI Organizer (EDO). EDO is a tool which helps researchers to conduct social surveys and manage their metadata. It enables researchers to record survey metadata along with data lifecycle such as study purpose, sampling procedure, mode of data collection, questions, question sequence, variable descriptions, and bibliographic information. It also supports importing variable level metadata from SPSS files and exporting codebook and questionnaire. We will introduce and demonstrate these features at the poster session.

  • Colectica: Sharing Data through Open Standards
    Jeremy Iverson (Colectica)
    Dan Smith (Colectica)


    Colectica is a standards-based platform for creating, documenting, managing, distributing, and discovering data. Colectica aims to create publishable documentation as a by-product of the data management process. This booth will provide live demonstrations of the various components of the Colectica platform. Colectica for Excel is a new, free add-in for Microsoft Excel that allows you to document spreadsheet data using the DDI-Lifecycle standard. Colectica Repository is a centralized storage system for managing data resources, enabling team-based data management, and providing automatic version control. Colectica Designer interacts with Colectica Repository to provide advanced data management and documentation functionality. Colectica Designer can import data and metadata from a variety of formats, and can generate documentation and source code in a variety of formats. Colectica Portal is a web-based application, powered by Colectica Repository, which enables data and metadata publication and discovery. Colectica Portal integrates with several social networking technologies to provide enhanced collaboration and discovery.


  • Showcasing the UK Data Service; New Pastures, New Horizons
    Louise Corti (UK Data Archive)


    In the poster session we will be on hand to talk about the new UK Data Service, a five year funding opportunity offering a comprehensive and unified resource for users and creators of social science data. We will tell about our experiences in transitioning to a new operational infrastructure based on OAIS, our work toward establishing Trusted Digital Repository status, and our hard-earned Concordat with our Office for National Statistics. In addition to all that more heavy-duty stuff, come and view our:

    • new web site and shiny new branding
    • Discover portal
    • case studies database
    • Dot-stat international databanks browsing system
    • test Digital Futures qualitative data browsing system
    • new training materials for data appraisal

    We look forward to seeing you at our stall!

  • DDI Class Library for .NET
    Johan Fihn (Swedish National Data Service (SND))


    An open source .NET class library for DDI-Lifecycle has been developed at SND. The class library is a help for developers who wants to create applications based on the DDI standard. The class library handles validation, serialization, de-serialization, generation of URNs and unique IDs.


  • The Data Deposit Workflow: Involving Researchers in Timely Dataset Upload and Description
    Christina Ribeiro (DEI-FEUP University of Porto/INESC TEC )


    Data repositories are established to ease data sharing, to preserve research data, and to promote the visibility of institutional data assets. Research projects that generate datasets may lack funding for the organization and long-time preservation of the collected data. On the other hand, researchers are more motivated to deposit data as they become aware of the importance that associated datasets can have on the visibility of their research. One of the hard issues in research data management is the setup of an easy communication channel between researchers and data curators. Following the setup of an experimental data repository at U.Porto, we reflected on the need for intuitive tools for researchers to contribute to data deposit and data description. We present two experimental online tools for streamlining the data deposit workflow. The evaluation of the tools with a panel of researchers will allow us to assess their usefulness before planning the integration of the tools with our extended DSpace repository.

  • IASSIST Quarterly

    Publications Special issue: A pioneer data librarian
    Welcome to the special volume of the IASSIST Quarterly (IQ (37):1-4, 2013). This special issue started as exchange of ideas between Libbie Stephenson and Margaret Adams to collect


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