FSD Bulletin

Issue 30 (2/2010)
17.6.2010

ISSN 1795-5262

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FSD Bulletin is the electronic newsletter of the Finnish Social Science Data Archive. The Bulletin provides information and news related to the data archive and social science research.


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In Brief

» Expert Group Envisioned Extensive and Functioning Science Policy
» Centre for Gender Equality Information Minna Continues Attached to FSD
» Finnish Youth Surveys Collected by Statistics Finland Archived at FSD
» WebTab Service of Luxembourg Income Study Available for Everyone
» IASSIST Conference Organised in United States


Expert Group Envisioned Extensive and Functioning Science Policy

In March, the Research Data project group published its intermediate report on the current state of utilising research data in Finland. According to the report, publicly funded research data are currently an under-utilised national resource. Therefore, the report includes 10 recommendations and practical implementations for improving access to research data. The FSD was represented in the Research Data group by Development Manager Arja Kuula.

More information:
» A CSC bulletin: Publicly funded research data should be made widely accessible. 19.3.2010. Online: <http://www.csc.fi/english/csc/news/news/tuta_raportti_en> [cited 15.6.2010]

Centre for Gender Equality Information Minna Continues Attached to FSD

The Ministry of Social Affairs and Health has attached Centre for Gender Equality Information Minna to the Finnish Social Science Data Archive. The Ministry has provided funding for Minna's activities until the end of the year 2012, but it is meant to operate permanently. Last spring, the FSD was assigned to launch the Gender Equality Information service within one year. Minna had two vacancies in March, and Doctor of Political Science Sari Pikkala was appointed as Information Services Manager and Master of Social Sciences Teija Hautanen as Information Services Specialist. Pikkala worked as Information Services Manager in the launching project as well.

More information:
» Centre for Gender Equality Information Minna

Finnish Youth Surveys Collected by Statistics Finland Archived at FSD

The FSD has archived the missing Finnish Youth Surveys from 1995-2000. The practices of Statistics Finland, the data collector, prevented the data from being archived outside Statistics Finland earlier. Now it has allowed depositing the surveys at the Data Archive. The Finnish Youth Surveys were collected biannually between 1996 and 1999, but starting from 2000, the data collection has been carried out once a year. Most of the data in the 2000s have been collected by TNS Gallup. The Youth Barometers commissioned by the Advisory Council for Youth Affairs (Nuora) chart the attitudes and expectations of Finnish young people aged 15-29. Each survey contains both current questions and recurring questions which are repeated over time, enabling the study of long-term attitude changes.

More information:
» Data descriptions of Finnish Youth Surveys in the FSD's data catalogue

WebTab Service of Luxembourg Income Study Available for Everyone

The online table-making service WebTab of the Luxembourg Income Study (LIS) is now available for everyone for free, regardless of whether the user comes from a country contributing in the LIS. However, registration is required. Previously registered LIS users can access WebTab with their current user id and password. WebTab enables users to design and generate cross-national descriptive tables based on the underlying LIS datasets, and the contents and usability of the service have recently been expanded and improved, too.

More information:
» WebTab guide
» WebTab (Java application)

IASSIST Conference Organised in United States

The annual IASSIST conference gathering data archiving professionals all over the world was organised at the beginning of June at Cornell University in the United States. The theme of the conference was the networking of social science communities and it was titled Social Data and Social Networking: Connecting Social Science Communities Across the Globe. In a panel on ethics review, Development Manager Arja Kuula from the FSD described the standpoints and the scope of the Finnish ethics review system being developed in the field of SSH and defended the Finnish solution which aims at finding a balance between confidentiality and the openness of science and research. Information Network Specialist Tuomas J. Alaterä told about the experiences of the Data Archive on the long-term preservation project of the National Digital Library.

More information:
» IASSIST 2010 Conference
» Panel: Confidentiality and Access Concerns of the Social Sciences and Human Subjects Ethics Review Boards
» Sustainable Data Preservation workshop (T. J. Alaterä's presentation)
» IASSIST Organisation