Data is the life blood for research in the social sciences. However, getting the data you need can often be a problem. Data is often expensive and time consuming to collect. And given that only a small percentage of primary data is ever archived, a vast collection of data for secondary use is inaccessible to researchers. In this talk, I will discuss the role of libraries and data archives in addressing the issue of data archiving and access, and cover some initiatives and projects, such as DEWI (Data Extraction Web Interface), DDI (Data Documentation Initiative), and efforts to capture and make accessible at-risk data.
Bio: Ron Nakao has been the data specialist in Social Sciences Data and Software (SSDS) in the Stanford Libraries for the past 15 years. He is Stanford’s representative and liaison with two major data archives, the Inter-university Consortium for Political and Social Research (ICPSR) and the Roper Center for Public Opinion Research. He is also the vice-chair of the Data Documentation Initiative (DDI) expert committee, an international effort to establish a metadata standard for social science data [http://www.ddialliance.org/]
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