iSkills: Data sources for research - discovery, access and use
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.

Topics to be covered will include: overview of the landscape of data sources for health researchers, social scientists and most other researchers; how to obtain macro and micro data via specific sources; qualitative and quantitative data resources;
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; plus specialist sources for business and economic data subscribed to by Oxford University; the value of resources for informing research design and methodological innovation; and 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.
Date: 31 January 2024, 10:00 (Wednesday, 3rd week, Hilary 2024)
Venue: Social Science Library, Manor Road OX1 3UQ
Venue Details: Information Skills Training Room
Speakers: John Pilbeam (Bodleian Libraries, University of Oxford), John Southall (Bodleian Libraries, University of Oxford)
Organising department: Bodleian Research and Learning Support
Organiser: Helen Bond (Bodleian Libraries, University of Oxford)
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Part of: Bodleian iSkills - Workshops in Information Discovery and Scholarly Communications
Booking required?: Required
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Cost: Free
Audience: DPhil students and research staff (particularly in Social Sciences).
Editors: Helen Bond, Melanie Smith