HOW WE CURATE DATA

STANDARDS & TOOLS

TOOLS

We use both community and bespoke tools for workflow management, data processing activities, data acquisition and access and for external and internal communications.

Type

Name

Description

Availability

Data processing

SPSS scripts

SPSS has a flexible scripting system that the UK Data Archive uses to handle certain parts of the Ingest process

Available from the Archive on request

Data quality control

OpenRefine

OpenRefine, previously Google Refine, is a data manipulation tool that the UK Data Archive uses for data cleansing and quality control purposes. It is particularly useful for correcting erroneous text values in tabular data

Free

Encryption

AxCrypt

Software for encrypting files or batches of files, and secure file deletion after use

Free

Encryption

SafeHouse Explorer

Allows creation of encrypted volumes including hard drive partitions and USB sticks

Free

File transfer

ZendTo

Self-hosted 'Dropbox-like' software, used for secure file drop off including data deposits

Free

Format conversion

StatTransfer

StatTransfer is a useful utility for moving between statistical data formats, and supports a very wide range of current software formats

Priced licencing

Query tracking

JIRA

A bug tracking web-based software platform used by the UK Data Archive's support for query tracking and issue reporting

Priced licencing

Data exploration

Nesstar

Nesstar is a tool for disseminating quantitative data, and includes a user friendly interface for the exploration and analysis of tabular data

Free

Text anonymisation

Text anonymisation helper tool

An add-on MS Word macro developed by the UK Data Archive for aiding anonymisation of qualitative data. Available to download as a zip file, with how to install instructions via Wiki

Free, requires MS Word


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