Ecole de la paix - Research on peace and datasets

Data management for research purposes

Wednesday 6 June 2007 by Joachim Carlsen

The presentation starts with the background for the Centre for the Study of Civil War (CSCW) initiative to find a better solution for their data management needs. Most researchers at the CSCW do large-N statistical analyses and require good well formatted data to work with. The optimal solution for the centre is to have a hired data specialist which can get and transform the data as required. But this is to costly in the long run.

The presentation then covers the requirements for an “automated” solution, the basic set up of the data and how reports (datasets) are going to be created and presented. We have chosen SQL Server and Sharepoint as our main tools. Examples are given of how each step from “raw data” to a ready-to-use dataset is taken. The presentation then ends with a cost-benefit discussion of how much should be automated. When the requirements are changing with each new research design the only viable solution is probably to teach researchers SQL and simple looping…

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