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Exploring Longterm Trends in Social Attitudes and Crime

Wednesday, February 18th, 2015

Location: Computer Lab 2.88, Humanities Bridgeford Street, University of Manchester

Date: 20 May 2015, 10.00-16.00

“Exploring why change takes place and the implications of both changes and stability is of growing importance for social scientists. Yet the limited availability of datasets which enable these sorts of analyses hampers efforts.”

“This free one-day workshop will introduce a series of linked datasets which will enable analysts to explore long runs of repeated cross-sectional datasets such as the British Social Attitudes Survey, the British Crime Survey and the British Election Survey, as well as macro-level datasets. The datasets have been collated as part of an on-going ESRC-funded project exploring long-term trends in social attitudes, government policies and crime since the 1970s.”

“Although training will not be given on these techniques during this workshop, the datasets are suitable for those wishing to explore trends in social attitudes and crime (fear; victimisation attitudes towards) employing multiple linear and binary regression models; multi-level models; time series models; and age-period-cohort models. The datasets will be available in both SPSS and Stata formats and the training day reflects this.”

To find out more go to:  http://ukdataservice.ac.uk/news-and-events/eventsitem/?id=4020

[Source ESRC news:  http://www.esrc.ac.uk/news-and-events/events/33613/exploring-longterm-trends-in-social-attitudes-and-crime.aspx ]

Is it time for you to join the Wellcome Trust Engagement Fellowship?

Monday, February 2nd, 2015

“Interested in becoming a Wellcome Trust Engagement Fellow? Find out what we’re looking for, and what makes this scheme different from the average academic fellowship. With the deadline for applications for the 2015 Engagement Fellowships coming up, Tom Ziessen from our Engaging Science team explains the scheme and answers some frequently asked questions…”

“At the Wellcome Trust, we’re not only interested in funding scientists and researchers to do science, we also want to encourage the public to explore health and wellbeing through the lens of scientific, historical and social research. We do this by funding public engagement projects (both directly and indirectly connected to research we fund), supporting the development of communities of artists, science communicators, researchers and others who deliver such projects and by directly delivering public engagement activity such as our exhibitions and events at the Wellcome Collection or our major education initiatives such as In The Zone.”

“We consider it important to connect and engage the public with the conversations around science and health. The Public Engagement Fellowship aims to support and develop upcoming stars in public engagement with science. We want to support future leaders to make a step change in their careers – helping them bridge the gap to something new.”

To find out more go to:  http://blog.wellcome.ac.uk/2015/01/27/is-it-time-for-you-to-join-the-wellcome-trust-engagement-fellowship/

[Source Wellcome Trust blog as above]

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 ]

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