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Introduction to Understanding Society using Stata

Monday, January 26th, 2015

Location: University of Essex

Date: 26-27 March 2015

“This two-day training course is aimed at new users of Understanding Society, as well as researchers who have so far only made use of simpler aspects of the data. It aims to guide the user through the complexities of using this data for cross-sectional and longitudinal analysis, and ensure that they can make effective use of the data for their own research projects.”

For further information and details of how to register go to: https://www.understandingsociety.ac.uk/documentation/training/stata

[Source ESRC news:  http://www.esrc.ac.uk/news-and-events/events/33449/introduction-to-understanding-society-using-stata.aspx ]

2011 Census – aggregate data: webinar

Monday, January 19th, 2015

27 January 2015, 14.00-15.00

“The aggregate outputs from UK censuses provide detailed, high quality information on a wide range of the demographic and socio-economic characteristics of people and households across the UK. They are, however, large and very complex datasets, which can make them difficult to understand and use effectively.”

“This webinar will focus on aggregate outputs from the UK 2011 Census and demonstrate how new methods of managing and providing access to them have made it much easier to work with them and exploit the valuable information they contain.”

“The webinar will include:

  • an introduction to UK 2011 Census aggregate outputs and geographies, and some common issues encountered in working with them
  • an update of what data InFuse contains
  • a demonstration of the InFuse interface and its key features in simplifying understanding and access to census aggregate outputs
  • an opportunity for members of the audience to put questions to the presenters”

To book on the webinar go to:  http://ukdataservice.ac.uk/news-and-events/eventsitem/?id=3992

[Source ESRC news:  http://www.esrc.ac.uk/news-and-events/events/33400/webinar-2011-censusaggregate-data.aspx ]

2011 Census – aggregate data: workshop

Monday, January 19th, 2015

Location: Room 4.2, Roscoe Building, University of Manchester

Date: 17 February 2015, 13.00-16.00

“The aggregate outputs from UK censuses provide detailed, high quality information on a wide range of the demographic and socio-economic characteristics of people and households across the UK. They are, however, large and very complex datasets, which can make them difficult to understand and use effectively.”

“This webinar will focus on aggregate outputs from the UK 2011 Census and demonstrate how new methods of managing and providing access to them have made it much easier to work with them and exploit the valuable information they contain.”

“The webinar will include:

  • an introduction to UK 2011 Census aggregate outputs and geographies, and some common issues encountered in working with them
  • an update of what data InFuse contains
  • a demonstration of the InFuse interface and its key features in simplifying understanding and access to census aggregate outputs
  • an opportunity for members of the audience to put questions to the presenters”

To book on the workshop go to: http://ukdataservice.ac.uk/news-and-events/eventsitem/?id=3993

[Source ESRC news:  http://www.esrc.ac.uk/news-and-events/events/33399/workshop-2011-censusaggregate-data.aspx ]

An introduction to data on education – UK Data Service webinar

Monday, January 19th, 2015

“The UK Data Service is holding an hour-long webinar on the topic of education.”

“This is a collaborative webinar involving Beate Lichtwardt from the UK Data Service at the University of Essex and Professor Emla Fitzsimons from the Institute of Education, Centre for Longitudinal Studies, at the University College London.”

“The webinar will showcase data on the topic of education that is available from the UK Data Service and will highlight the research potential of the data.”

“Beate Lichtwardt will introduce:

  • the types of data available
  • how the data can be accessed
  • the online support materials held by the UK Data Service”

“Professor Fitzsimons will give an overview of how data such as the Labour Force Survey are used to examine issues such as:

  • inequality in HE participation
  • degree participation and parental income
  • understanding how finance policy can affect higher education, e.g. how maintenance grants and tuition fees affect degree participation
  • understanding how governments can promote human capital accumulation”

The webinar will take place between 11.00 and 12.00 GMT on 27 January 2015.

[Source UK Data Service news:  http://ukdataservice.ac.uk/news-and-events/eventsitem/?id=4009 ]

UK Data Service webinar: Open geographies and open software – using open UKDS Census Support datasets in open source GIS software

Monday, December 15th, 2014

Date: 21 January 2015, 16.00-17.00

“A large number of geospatial datasets, including boundaries and geographic look-up tables are available through UK Data Service Census Support as open data and can be downloaded by anyone. In recent years open source GIS software has reached a point of maturity of being able to match or even exceed the capabilities of traditional proprietary GIS software.”

“This webinar will provide an introduction to the range of open data that is available through Census Support. Through practical examples based around the geographic visualisation and spatial analysis of census data we will explore the range of the open source GIS software that is available.”

“There will be time available during the webinar for questions.”

[Source ESRC news:  http://www.esrc.ac.uk/news-and-events/events/33171/webinar-open-geographies-and-open-softwareusing-open-ukds-census-support-datasets-in-open-source-gis-software.aspx ]

British Library Doctoral Open Days

Monday, December 8th, 2014

“Have you just started your PhD? Our Doctoral Open Days are a chance for new PhD students to discover the British Library’s unique research materials.”

“From newspapers to maps, datasets to manuscripts, ships’ logs to websites, our collections cover every format and language and span the last 3,000 years.”

“You will learn about our collections, find out how to access them, and meet our expert staff and other researchers in your field. The events are aimed at first year PhD students who are new to the Library.”

The British Library’s Doctoral Open Days are organised on a discipline-themed basis with ones on English and Drama, Digital Scholarship and Music planned for January.  To see the full list of dates and themes go to:  http://www.bl.uk/events/doctoral-students-open-days

[Source British Library website as above]

2011 Census Update – webinar

Monday, November 24th, 2014

Date: 9 December 2014, 14.30-15.30

“This webinar will provide brief updates on the wide range of 2011 census data available through the UK Data Service.”

“It will summarise the progress which has already been made to make data available through the service. It will also identify which products are outstanding but still anticipated. It will be of interest to users who have questions about what we currently have, or who are awaiting data that are as yet unavailable.”

“The webinar will be delivered by UK Data Service staff members who specialise in aggregate, flow and Microdata as well as boundaries.”

[Source Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC) news:  http://www.esrc.ac.uk/news-and-events/events/32734/2011-census-update-webinar.aspx ]

2011 Census: Flow Data – webinar

Monday, November 24th, 2014

Date: 4 December 2014, 15.00-16.00

“This webinar provides an overview of the interaction data available as outputs from the 2011 Census. Interaction data are about flows between two places, such as counts of migrants or commuters.”

“It will describe what data are available, including data deriving from new questions in the 2011 Census, and how they can be accessed using online tools.”

[Source Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC) news:  http://www.esrc.ac.uk/news-and-events/events/32735/2011-census-flow-data.aspx ]

Nationwide search for new intellectual broadcasters

Monday, November 17th, 2014

“The Arts & Humanities Research Council [AHRC], BBC Radio 3, and BBC Arts are launching a nationwide search to find the UK’s next intellectual broadcasters in the arts and humanities.”

“From lively intellectual debates on air, explorations of ancient civilisations, and nationwide commemorations of World War One, academic research has never been so visible in the media. The New Generation Thinkers scheme is seeking innovative programme ideas, talent, and expertise from early career researchers who are passionate about communicating their research across the airwaves.”

“The scheme, led by the Arts and Humanities Research Council with BBC Radio 3, will invite up to sixty early career researchers to BBC-run workshops to develop their programme ideas alongside experienced BBC producers. From these sixty, the ten resident New Generation Thinkers for 2015 will be selected, and will go on to develop their ideas for BBC Radio 3 in a year-long partnership.”

“The scheme is partnered with BBC Arts to provide opportunities for the New Generation Thinkers to develop their ideas for television and have the opportunity to make a short taster film of their idea to be shown on the BBC arts website – bbc.co.uk/arts”

To find out more go to:  http://www.ahrc.ac.uk/News-and-Events/News/Pages/Nationwide-search-for-new-intellectual-broadcasters.aspx

[Source AHRC news as above]

Digimap webinars and training

Monday, October 20th, 2014

“Digimap have scheduled some short webinars on the use of Digimap, every Wednesday afternoon in November at 4pm.”

“Webinars are open to any interested staff or students.” Have a look at their Events page for full details and booking forms: http://edina.ac.uk/events/

Digimap training required?

“The Digimap team is currently planning the Digimap workshop schedule for the next few months.  If you are interested in attending or hosting a workshop we’d like to hear from you.”

“There is no charge associated with hosting a workshop and Digimap do all the administration.  We just need you to help us with finding and booking a suitable PC lab, that is open to attendees from other institutions.”

We look forward to hearing from you.

Best wishes

Digimap team

[Source email from Digimap support]

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