Mapping your statistical information

By Victoria Bird|January 30, 2014|Economics, Financial and Management Studies|0 comments

Want to do something a bit special with your research data? Here are some suggestions of sites that allow you to map it- so you can have a pictorial representation, or cartogram. Cartogrammer: An EDINA site, Cartogrammar contains resources (digital images etc), shared on a worldwide basis under the terms of a Creative Commons (CC) licence. You can also create your own cartograms.

International data in the UK Data Service: free webinar

By Victoria Bird|January 13, 2014|Development Studies, Economics, Financial and Management Studies|0 comments

On Wednesday 15 January 2014, 2-3pm, the UK Data Service is holding a webinar on the structure, content and research potential of the international databases accessible through the service. The UK Data Service is a comprehensive resource funded by the ESRC to support researchers, teachers and policymakers who depend on high-quality social and economic data.  Here you will find a single point of access to a wide range of secondary data including

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UK Data Service training: your source of international data

By Victoria Bird|November 28, 2013|Development Studies, Economics, Financial and Management Studies, Politics and International Relations|0 comments

Join the UK Data Service for an hour-long webinar on 5 December 2013 showcasing the data available from the Service. The webinar will give an overview of the types of survey data available and how they can be accessed. It will be of interest to anyone who wants to know more about the range of data available from the UK Data Service and why these datasets are useful. There will

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Round up of the latest news from ELDIS

By Farzana Whitfield|August 2, 2013|Development Studies|0 comments

Image taken from Eldis website: Catch up with the latest Development Studies news via Eldis. Find out about development policy, practice and research. Including subjects such as, agriculture and food, conflict and security, HIV and AIDS, climate change and conflict security. Read about the most recent news regarding China, Brazil, India and South Africa as super powers. And how Eldis has joined the Institute of Development Studies and global

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Open Data for Africa

By Victoria Bird|July 26, 2013|Africa, Development Studies, Economics, Financial and Management Studies, Politics and International Relations|0 comments

The African Development Bank (AfDB) has completed the network of Open Data Platforms in all 54 African countries. This resource provides data on a myriad of topics- ranging from food prices and economic data, through to mobile telephone ownership. It will allow open access to the data needed for managing and monitoring development results in African countries, including tracking progress on the Millennium Development Goals. The Open Data Platform is

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Access IMF documents online

By Victoria Bird|July 16, 2013|Development Studies, Economics, Politics and International Relations|0 comments

The International Monetary Fund (IMF) eLibrary Text Collection is now available to SOAS library users via our subscription to the UK Data Service. The IMF eLibrary Text Collection has periodicals, books and working papers – over 10,000 documents from 1951 onwards. This exciting new resource has information and perspective on macroeconomics, globalisation, development, trade and aid, technical assistance, demographics, emerging markets, policy advice and poverty reduction.

Webinar week at UK Data Service: Five free online sessions

By Victoria Bird|May 2, 2013|Development Studies, Economics, Financial and Management Studies, Politics and International Relations|0 comments

Social scientists from all sectors are invited to participate in a series of webinars designed to introduce the data and resources available through the newly formed UK Data Service. All webinars are free of charge and open to anyone in the UK and overseas. Spaces are limited and available on a first-come, first-served basis. Please reserve your spot by booking at the links below. An introduction to data available from

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Datastream e-training sessions

By Victoria Bird|April 10, 2013|Development Studies, Economics, Financial and Management Studies|0 comments

There is a series of e-training sessions being run by Thomson Reuters about Datastream, which might be of use to those collecting data for their dissertations. Details of the upcoming sessions below: Datastream in Office: Learn how to use Datastream from within Excel, Word and PowerPoint Thomson Reuters Datastream University Q&A Session: ask specific questions based on your research You can access these sessions from any PC- you do not

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EIU Country Data

By Victoria Bird|March 20, 2013|Economics, Financial and Management Studies, Politics and International Relations|0 comments

You can now access the Economist Intelligence Unit’s CountryData database to find detailed financial information for 50 countries, from 1980 to the present- and with forecasts for up to 2030 for some key variables. It’s also possible to obtain summary information of the EIU Country Outlook reports. EIU CountryData contains over 280 variables, divided into the following major categories: Gross domestic product, Fiscal and monetary indicators, Demographics and income, Foreign payments, External debt stock,

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Statistics, databases and websites – guidance for SOAS students beginning dissertations

By Victoria Bird|March 19, 2013|Development Studies, Economics, Financial and Management Studies, Politics and International Relations|0 comments

Beginning research for your dissertation can make you feel a little lost, especially when you are searching for statistics or other data. Statistics and other factual databases are not just for Mathematicians, or Economists- they can provide powerful evidence for any Social Science discipline. This post will introduce some of the sources for non-specialists. Start point- Library databases A good start point is to consider what you actually need in

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