Modern researchers need to have an up-to-date understanding of working with research data. This relates equally to the material they create themselves and that obtained from other sources. Academic institutions, funding bodies and even publishers are now expecting competence in these issues. This workshop will provide a grounding in the different ways quantitative and qualitative data is being made available to benefit researchers. By the end of the session you will also have some insight into how your own future work could add to the process and become part of the research discourse.
The course aims to provide an overview of macro and micro data sources available at the University of Oxford, including national data archives, subscription services, business data, and offers some pointers for further searching.
• Develop an overview of the landscape of data sources for health researchers, social scientists and most other researchers
• Receive advice on how to obtain macro and micro data via specific sources
• Review qualitative and quantitative data resources
• Be introduced to additional data services such as the Inter-University Consortium for Political and Social Research (ICPSR), Eurostat, Researchfish and the Oxford Poverty & Human Development Initiative's online interactive databank and global Multidimensional Poverty Index
• Explore specialist sources for business and economic data subscribed to by Oxford University
• Consider the value of resources for informing research design and methodological innovation
• Consider the importance of data management and cybersecurity
Intended Audience: DPhil students and research staff (particularly in Social Sciences). This workshop will be most beneficial to those researchers planning to use secondary data sources (quantitative, qualitative and mixed) as part of their research or who wish to learn more about the potential of open data platforms and data archives.
Dates and booking
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Notice of recording
Each live online training session will be recorded for accessibility and inclusivity reasons, and will be shared with all attendees after the session. It may also be put onto Canvas (Oxford University’s virtual learning environment) to enable other Oxford University members with SSO to view it.
Presenters: John Southall and Cathy Scutt
Format: Online teacher-led presentation with opportunity for interactive discussion
What you will need: You will need to provide your own computer with a browser (must be Chrome or Edge) or the Microsoft Teams desktop app installed. Please read our guidance notes below on using Teams. You will need a speaker and microphone for listening and speaking. You need to be online with a reliable internet connection.