UK Data Service releases suite of instructional videos and webinars
By Kieron L Jones, on 20 March 2014
Researchers and students trying to get to grips with secondary data in the digital age now have some extra guidance to rely on.
The UK Data Service has produced a series of short ‘how to’ video tutorials that demonstrate specific online tasks and skills:
- How to download UK survey data
- How to log in to the Secure Lab
- How to download a subset of survey data using Nesstar
- How to use weights in Nesstar
- How to access census aggregate data in InFuse
- How to match and convert data using GeoConvert
- How to access information about postcodes using GeoConvert
- Creating an intensity map using Google Fusion tables
Each tutorial is just a few minutes long and contains online demonstrations of the task supported with audio explanations, making it easy for users to pause and replay the video as they learn and master the necessary skills. Some may be suitable for classroom use. Additional videos will be released over the coming weeks and months.
In addition, the UK Data Service is making recordings of its past webinars available online for open use. These webinars are live recordings of actual online training events, ranging from 45 to 60 minutes in length and often including participant question-and-answer sessions. Details of the original webinar are included so participants can see in advance the topics covered.
There are three webinars currently posted:
- An introduction to the UK Data Service: Resources for postgraduates
- New and easier ways of working with aggregate data and geographies from UK censuses
- Showcasing the UK Quali Bank online browsing system for qualitative data
All video tutorials and past webinars are free to use, with no registration required. See more at the links below.