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with ONS, other data producers and users
to maximise the synergy between these
groups. Data will be made available via the
UKDA Web-based download system and
the Nesstar system for online browsing and
visualisation of the data.
ESDS INTERNATIONAL
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SDS International, led by MIMAS,
provides access to, and support for,
a range of international datasets both
macro and micro sources. Key services
include Web-based access to regularly
updated macro-economic time series
datasets produced by organisations such
as OECD (Organisation for Economic
Co-operation and Development) and IMF
(International Monetary Fund); helping
users to locate and acquire international
micro-level datasets, such as Eurobarometer
or ISSP (International Social Survey
Programme); and the provision of end-user
training, a range of Web-based support and
a dedicated help desk.
ESDS QUALIDATA
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SDS Qualidata provides access and
support for a range of qualitative
datasets.The new service builds on
Qualidata's expertise and international rep-
utation in this area, developed over the past
eight years. It aims to create, and provide
user support and training for, enhanced
data and documentation resources for use
in research, learning and teaching.
Emphasis is being placed on creating more
flexible access to digital qualitative data, via
the UKDA Web-based download service
and online browsing of data marked up
using XML standards.The Edwardians
Online project
funding and use of social science data, and
creates a coherent publicity, promotion and
out-reach strategy for the whole service.
The key deliverables include a universal
portal to help discover and locate social
and economic data resources; a central reg-
istration service operating across the ESDS;
a `first-stop' help desk service; and a coher-
ent and flexible collections development
policy.
ESDS ACCESS AND PRESERVATION
T
his service represents the core of the
ESDS and focuses on the central
activities of data acquisition, processing,
preservation and dissemination.The key
services to be provided are a collections
development strategy working to identify
and acquire a range of data from across the
social sciences; ingest activities including
adding value to data and documentation,
creating metadata, negotiating appropriate
rights management frameworks and
preparing data for preservation and dissem-
ination purposes; a flexible data dissemina-
tion service; and long-term preservation
and collections management for all datasets
acquired across ESDS.
ESDS GOVERNMENT
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arge-scale government surveys, such as
the General Household Survey and
the Labour Force Survey, are key data
resources for social science researchers.
ESDS Government, led by the CCSR,
aims to promote and facilitate increased
and more effective use of these surveys in
research, learning and teaching.This will
include methodological guides, short
courses and support for key statistical
packages.The service will work closely
T
he Economic and Social Data
Service (ESDS, http://www.esds.
ac.uk/) is a new national data archiving
and dissemination service which came into
operation in January 2003. It is a jointly
funded initiative sponsored by the
Economic and Social Research Council
(ESRC) and the Joint Information Systems
Committee (JISC).The ESDS has been
established as a distributed service, bring-
ing together the following centres of
expertise in data creation, preservation
and use:
- UK Data Archive (UKDA), University
of Essex (http://www.data-archive.ac.uk/)
- Institute for Social and Economic
Research (ISER), University of Essex
(http://www.iser.essex.ac.uk/)
- Manchester Information and Associated
Services (MIMAS), University of
Manchester (http://www.mimas.ac.uk/)
- Cathie Marsh Centre for Census and
Survey Research (CCSR), University
of Manchester (http://www.ccsr.ac.uk/)
E
SDS provides preservation, dissemina-
tion, user support and training for an
extensive range of key economic and social
data, both quantitative and qualitative,
spanning many disciplines and themes.
ESDS comprises a number of `specialist'
data services that offer enhanced support
for the secondary use of data across the re-
search, learning and teaching communities:
ESDS MANAGEMENT
T
he overall direction and management
for the ESDS is the responsibility of
the UKDA, aiming to provide consistency
and standards across the service. It has a
broad strategic role, relating to a variety of
stakeholders concerned with the supply,
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