Strategies for improving utilization of computerized statistical data by the social science community

Persistent Link:
http://hdl.handle.net/10150/105863
Title:
Strategies for improving utilization of computerized statistical data by the social science community
Author:
Robbin, Alice
Citation:
Strategies for improving utilization of computerized statistical data by the social science community 1981, 1:89-109 International Journal of Social Science Information Studies
Publisher:
Butterworths
Journal:
International Journal of Social Science Information Studies
Issue Date:
1981
URI:
http://hdl.handle.net/10150/105863
Submitted date:
2008-04-21
Abstract:
In recent decades there has been a notable expansion of statistical data produced by the public and private sectors for administrative, research, policy and evaluation programmes. This is due to advances in relatively inexpensive and efficient data collection and management of computer-readable statistical data. Corresponding changes have not occurred in the management of data collection, preservation, description and dissemination. As a result, the process by which data become accessible to social researchers and others is frustrating, time consuming, and inefficient. This paper describes the reasons for this situation: the problem-solving workstyle of social data users, the nature of the data and their relationship to computer technology, and an inchoate social science information infrastructure. Since statistical data play an increasingly important role in social research and policy decisions, social science information specialists must be prepared to meet the computer-readable statistical data user's needs. Four strategies are recommended for improving utilization of these data: improving the quality of statistical evidence, educating information professionals and end-users in numerical information, using the existing information infrastructure to preserve and disseminate data, and developing retrieval tools for improving access to information about social data.
Type:
Journal (Paginated)
Language:
en
Keywords:
Knowledge Management; Information Science; Information Retrieval; Social Informatics; Research Methods; Information Seeking Behaviors
Local subject classification:
Statistical data; Social science; Machine-readable data; Research

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dc.contributor.authorRobbin, Aliceen_US
dc.date.accessioned2008-04-21T00:00:01Z-
dc.date.available2010-06-18T23:35:45Z-
dc.date.issued1981en_US
dc.date.submitted2008-04-21en_US
dc.identifier.citationStrategies for improving utilization of computerized statistical data by the social science community 1981, 1:89-109 International Journal of Social Science Information Studiesen_US
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10150/105863-
dc.description.abstractIn recent decades there has been a notable expansion of statistical data produced by the public and private sectors for administrative, research, policy and evaluation programmes. This is due to advances in relatively inexpensive and efficient data collection and management of computer-readable statistical data. Corresponding changes have not occurred in the management of data collection, preservation, description and dissemination. As a result, the process by which data become accessible to social researchers and others is frustrating, time consuming, and inefficient. This paper describes the reasons for this situation: the problem-solving workstyle of social data users, the nature of the data and their relationship to computer technology, and an inchoate social science information infrastructure. Since statistical data play an increasingly important role in social research and policy decisions, social science information specialists must be prepared to meet the computer-readable statistical data user's needs. Four strategies are recommended for improving utilization of these data: improving the quality of statistical evidence, educating information professionals and end-users in numerical information, using the existing information infrastructure to preserve and disseminate data, and developing retrieval tools for improving access to information about social data.en_US
dc.format.mimetypeapplication/pdfen_US
dc.language.isoenen_US
dc.publisherButterworthsen_US
dc.subjectKnowledge Managementen_US
dc.subjectInformation Scienceen_US
dc.subjectInformation Retrievalen_US
dc.subjectSocial Informaticsen_US
dc.subjectResearch Methodsen_US
dc.subjectInformation Seeking Behaviorsen_US
dc.subject.otherStatistical dataen_US
dc.subject.otherSocial scienceen_US
dc.subject.otherMachine-readable dataen_US
dc.subject.otherResearchen_US
dc.titleStrategies for improving utilization of computerized statistical data by the social science communityen_US
dc.typeJournal (Paginated)en_US
dc.identifier.journalInternational Journal of Social Science Information Studiesen_US
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