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New guide released : Depositing shareable survey data

Those who own and manage large-scale surveys now have a compact and detailed guide to help them make their data more widely used by researchers.

The guide 'Depositing shareable survey data' was developed by a specialist team at the UK Data Service with extensive input from UK government departments, academic survey owners and survey producers.

The 16-page handbook takes the reader through the full data journey, from fieldwork planning to eventual user access. Correspondingly, all content is organised into five stages of the journey: Plan, Prepare, Negotiate, Deposit and Ingest. While the guide was specifically developed to support new depositors of large-scale surveys, the principles apply to a wide range of significant deposits.

The guide can feature as a useful check for owners and producers; it also suggests wording for commissioning tenders and briefs on considering any data sharing requirements. The aim is to encourage commissioning departments to include a standard paragraph requiring archiving with the UK Data Service in a timely manner and pointing to existing protocols for doing this.

"This handy guide encompasses all relevant guidance we provide on depositing survey data - written and verbal - in a nutshell", says Louise Corti, who heads the UK Data Service Collections Development and Producer Support team. "I expect the guide will find a place pinned to the notice board of every survey commissioner and manager."


Making Methods Matter: 10 years of NCRM

Year 2014 marks the 10 year anniversary of the ESRC National Centre for Research Methods. We have produced a brochure 'Making methods matter: 10 years of NCRM' to highlight the research and training achievements, and the impacts of NCRM. You can read it at


Video and audio presentations from the 6th ESRC Research Methods Festival available

The filmed presentations and 'What is?' audio slideshow presentations from the 6th ESRC Research Methods Festival are now available on the NCRM website at

The filmed presentations from the Festival include the NCRM Annual Lecture 'Reverse engineering Chinese censorship' by Professor Gary King (Harvard).


ReStore becomes fully part of new National Centre for Research Methods award

From 2007-2014, ReStore was separately funded by the Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC), and led by a subset of the National Centre for Research Methods team. From 1 October 2014 the ReStore repository will be wholly managed by NCRM and operates as part of NCRM's remit to provide online resources which promote training and capacity building in social science research methods. Over the first few weeks of the new Centr's operation, users will notice a series of enhancements to the ReStore and NCRM websites including a new common visual style, with exciting new functionality to follow on!


New Resource:Developing Social Science Research Expertise

A major challenge for senior academics in leadership positions is how to support mid-career colleague social scientists in accelerating the pace of their expert development as researchers.
This web resource is aimed at helping senior academics, acting as trainers, to meet this challenge.



Bookings closed: 6th ESRC Research Methods Festival

Booking for the 6th ESRC Research Methods Festival is closed now. Find out more here.



ReStore website offline for maintenance on 6th March between 17:00 and 18:00PM GMT

The ReStore service will be transferred to a new virtual server on Thursday 6 March between 17:00 and 18:00PM. Users may experience a brief interruption to service during this period. If you have any queries please contact us on


Podcast with David Martin: Simulation of daily patterns of commuting and social activity

National Centre for Research Methods is working on new methods for the simulation of 'social networks' in UK cities in order to show how individual people move around and are brought together within different residential and non-residential environments. The aim is to produce a simulation which maps individuals not just by their place of usual residence (as in the Census for example) but traces their movement patterns around the city in small parcels of elapsed time. The research could ultimately have useful applications in a range of areas from flood defence to emergency planning. In this podcast NCRM's Co-Director Professor David Martin - whose team developed the Geo-Refer learning resource [link "Geo-Refer learning resource" to in ReStore - explains the background to the project, the opportunities and challenges around using phones and Twitter in the research and talks about some of the innovative ideas being explored by early career researchers using the models created in the project.



New online resources: Understanding Population Trends and Processes

The ReStore team are pleased to announce the release of the entire collection of online resources from the ESRC-funded Understanding Population Trends and Processes (UPTAP) programme, which ended in Autumn 2010. The resources aim to build researchers' capacity in secondary analysis and promote the use of large-scale social science datasets, both qualitative and quantitative. It focuses on the demographic trends and socio-economic processes which affect the economy, society and the population. The initiative was predominantly targeted at those who are at an early stage in their research career, or mid-career researchers wishing to enhance their skills, experience, knowledge and expertise in secondary analysis.



ReStore Webinar: Building web resources that will last

The ReStore project is organising a webinar 'Building web resources that will last' on Thursday 11 July 2013 at 14.00-16.00 BST (GMT+1). This webinar builds on the experience of the ReStore team, who work to ensure the continued availability of high quality social science research methods websites and provide advice and guidance to projects who are currently building new resources.



Highlights from NCRM in 2012-13

This online presentation 'Highlights in 2012' presents details about NCRM research and capacity building activities covering the (annual reporting) period January 2012 - March 2013.



Presentation slides from the 5th ESRC Research Methods Festival online

The presentation slides from the 5th ESRC Research Methods Festival are now online at NCRM website. The presentation slides that are available can be found in the session details in the Festival online programme and include those from the workshop held by the ReStore team on Thursday 5th July: "ReStore workshop: Building more sustainable web resources" aimed at anyone involved in the creation of online research methods resources.




ReStore at the 5th ESRC Research Methods Festival, 2-5 July, Oxford

"ReStore workshop: Building more sustainable web resources" on Thursday 5th July is aimed at anyone involved in the creation of online research methods resources - e.g. as part of an ESRC-funded project or Doctoral Training Centre, which range from research methods training materials through to sophisticated online tutorials. The ReStore project has been developing best practice in this field, addressing issues such as: site design principles, software choices, usage monitoring and intellectual property rights. The ReStore repository is also actively maintaining a range of completed project websites. The workshop session will include an opportunity to discuss attendees' practical challenges with the ReStore




New online databank of International Social Research Methods

To mark the end of an award under the fourth round of the ESRC Researcher Development Initiative, you are invited to attend the launch of an on-line databank of International Social Research Methods Case Studies. The launch takes place on 12th July 2012 at Europe House in London (SW1P 3EU).

The databank is being hosted at the University of Southampton under the auspices of the ReStore project, which is designed to sustain online research methods resources developed under the ESRC RDI for training purposes.



Resource launch: Learning to think like an expert management researcher

This web resource contains online learning resource intended for postgraduate and research students, and also for academics just starting out on a career in the management field. The web resource is designed to support you with developing your critical frame of mind. A constructively critical way of thinking is characteristic of expert researchers, who have gradually built-up their critical thinking capability as a product of their accumulating research experience. Acquiring this capability can be a slow process if it just occurs incidentally: a side-effect of being a student or an academic. But you can accelerate your learning as you go along by consciously developing your ability to think critically and to make informed decisions in your research.




New resource: Inventing Adulthoods - A qualitative longitudinal dataset on young people

Inventing Adulthoods is a qualitative longitudinal study of over 100 young people growing upthrough their teens, twenties and early thirties at the turn of the 21st century.The rich biographical material generated in up to seven interviews with each participant provides a unique window on most aspects of growing up during a period of rapid social change between 1996 - 2006 in England and 1996 - 2010 in Northern Ireland. Participants were drawn from five socially and economically contrasting areas of England and Northern Ireland and this gives important insight into the role played by where young people live in determining the resources they are able to draw on to shape their lives and pathways in post-modern times.





Announcing the new UK Data Service

Continuing access to the most valuable collection of social and economic data in the UK has been secured with a £17 million investment over five years for the UK Data Service. Funded by the Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC), the new service is structured to support researchers in academia, business, third sector and all levels of government. The new service, starting on 1 October 2012, will integrate the Economic and Social Data Service (ESDS), the Census Programme, the Secure Data Service and other elements of the data service infrastructure currently provided by the ESRC.




Upcoming resource: International Social Research Methods Training

The website provides a searchable database of International Social Research Methods Case Studies, which are accessible via the list and via the search page. The Case Studies take readers through the stages of planning, designing and implementing international research projects in the social sciences. The site also contains the Framework for International Social Research Methods Case Studies, as well as Information about the submission of Case Studies, and a guide to further reading on international social research methods.


This web resource is being launched on 12th July 2012 at the launch event which you are warmly welcome.