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Making data more available and usable for the scientific community: the case of the French Center for Socio-Political Data

Abstract : Secondary analysis is gaining a central role in contemporary social research. This type of research uses existing materials. Finding the appropriate data is a crucial step of a research project. Researchers can contact the French Center for Socio-Political Data to obtain quantitative surveys. The CDSP data dissemination system includes platforms that allow data discovery (a question bank, a data discovery webviewer…) and data download. The several data dissemination platforms are not inter-operable. When we publish a new study, we have to publish it on each of the dissemination platforms. The consequences are a risk of de-synchronisation of the versions of the files. Besides this, the metadata is not entirely harmonised across waves/studies. Data labels may be different for the same question asked across time. In this context, researchers may encounter difficulties in finding the data they need. The presentation will address: - How can we make data more available and usable for the scientific community by determining how best to recognise continuities between data within the studies, including question continuity and methodological continuities. - How to create visualisations of all the waves including the question and download the ones of interest. - How through the use of concepts, we aim to make our catalog more attractive for the scientific community. Harmonisation of studies/waves over space and time and across studies, will allow researchers to gain an easier and improved access to the data and metadata. The paper will present the programs, interfaces and procedures that are to be designed in order to accomplish this purpose, in the context of a workflow including limited human and material means.
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Alina Danciu, Alexandre Mairot. Making data more available and usable for the scientific community: the case of the French Center for Socio-Political Data. 9th International Conference on Social Science Methodology, Sep 2016, Leicester, United Kingdom. ⟨hal-02874810⟩



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