Dataverse up and running

In the spirit of open access of data I am pleased to report here that we have two datasets now uploaded to the Dataverse network. The process of preparing and uploading the data was rather straightforward (minus a glitch in the system that required technical assistance. The dataverse IT has been incredibly responsive.)

You can see the link on the SDRG website, or go directly to Dataverse with the links below.

Data visualization

Social work dissertation scholarship in Canada

Moving forward I want to explore the types of datasets that are made available in Dataverse. Just this week I saw that the Urban Institute Home Mortgage Disclosure Act data there (fascinating). I often talk about this data in my social development class and was pleased to see it on Dataverse. I think there are countless datasets available for teaching and research there.

I also continue to ponder what types of data could be uploaded and shared there. In theory I believe that replication data used in the analysis of each paper I’ve published should be made available to anyone. However, I suspect that the community agencies that I work with would have reservations sharing this data. Further, what to do about secondary public use microdata from Statistics Canada?

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