Archive for October, 2011

Talk – Why do the media, the public and politicians abuse and misunderstand statistics?

By Kieron L Jones, on 26 October 2011

The Social Research Association and the Social Statistical Section of the Royal Statistical Society are hosting the 2011 Cathie Marsh Memorial Lecture.

8 November 2011 5:00pm, at the Royal Statistical Society
Tea/coffee available from 4.30


Jil Matheson, National Statistician, ONS


Professor Neville Davies, Director, The Royal Statistical Society Centre for
Statistical Education, University of Plymouth
Richard Alldritt, Head of Assessment and UK Statistics Authority board member
Professor Mike Hough, Institute for Criminal Policy Research, School of Law,
Birkbeck College

Statisticians and social researchers too often find their findings misreported and misused. The charge is often made that too many people in the UK are innumerate. This limits the reporting of social issues and people’s understanding of the social world with attendant implications for policy making.

This meeting is free but places are limited. Bookings are via the RSS.
Please register by email meetings@rss.org.uk or phone 020 7638 8998 or click here. For a map and directions see www.rss.org.uk/findus.

We anticipate the presentations and discussions will finish by 7pm

Chris Kershaw
Sent on behalf of the RSS Social Statistics Committee

Peace Women

By Kieron L Jones, on 14 October 2011

Peace Women is a project of the Women’s International League for Peace and Freedom (WILPF). It seeks to promote peace and disarmament. Its website is a rich source of information about women, war and peacekeeping. It has a section monitoring and providing information on the UN System’s implementation of Women, Peace & Security. Most useful is the resources portal section which links to a wealth of full-text online documents, includeing publications and news stories from other major organisations, from civil society, academic institutions, governments, Intergovernmental Organisations (IGOs) and UN System entities.

Accessing The Economist

By Kieron L Jones, on 13 October 2011

The Economist is accessible online.  Full-text articles are available from 1992; basic indexing details go back to 1986.  For access:

  1. Go to the list of e-journals, find and click on ‘The Economist’.
  2. You can search full-text for keywords, or browse the content of specific issues.

For newspapers, such as the Financial Times, use the database Nexis UK.