How to set up and run a data service: the challenges of social science data28 - 29-Nov-13UK Data Archive, University of Essex

This is a once-a-year opportunity to go behind the scenes and learn first hand from specialists at the UK Data Archive. how to set up and run an archive

Over two days, 28 and 29 November 2013, participants will learn about the strategies and practices used in the Archive's daily work, with a focus on storing and sharing social science data, including microdata, aggregate, qualitative and historical data.

The Archive has over 40 years experience in selecting, ingesting, curating and providing access to data. We are a designated Place of Deposit for The National Archives and are internationally acknowledged experts in this field.

Programme overview

  • Day 1: An introduction to the Archive plus an overview of acquiring, processing and documenting data, including a hands-on session on data management planning
  • Day 2: An overview of data access, including secure data, user support and data preservation and security

Both days will include optional specialist surgeries, which will give participants the opportunity to engage with Archive experts about specific needs and interests.

See the link below for complete programme details.

On 27 November 2013, the preceding day, the UK Data Service are running a one-day event Managing and sharing social science data: planning, appraising, ingesting and documenting data on how to deliver best practice guidance on managing and sharing social science data. This event is aimed at archives and repositories charged with delivering advice and guidance for their researchers. It will cover strategies, tools, guidance and training for helping data management planning and costing for research applicants and grant holders. There will be hands-on practical exercises.


Participants should be actively working with storing and sharing data for use in social science research, or plan to in the near future. This course is unlikely to be suitable for undergraduate or postgraduate students unless working specifically in a data archiving environment.


A certificate of attendance will be issued on completion of the workshop.


£250 - includes all workshop materials plus coffee, lunch, drinks reception and evening meal on Day 1 and coffee on Day 2.

The fee is non-refundable unless notice of cancellation is received at least five working days before the event.


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The Digital Preservation Coalition (DPC) will be supporting three fully funded scholarships to attend this workshop. Sponsorship applications are welcomed from DPC members and associates. The scholarship covers tuition fees, course materials, access to online resources, lunch and refreshments. Successful scholarship applicants will be asked to help promote the course and the work of the coalition.

If applying for a scholarship, please mention this on the workshop application and also if your attendance is dependent on winning a scholarship.

The deadline for sponsorship applications is Friday 15 November 2013.

To apply

Complete the online application form. We shall evaluate your application and confirm your place within five working days.

Please note that places are limited. The deadline for applications is 25 October 2013.

If you have questions, or are concerned about financial hardship, contact the Communications Team.