Congratulations to the AWARD WINING Dr Lucia Lotter and her team. They have steadily been producing the most diverse and I would venture to say cleanest data in South Africa.The metadata is local, and very well done
Please be award of existence of the Human Sciences Research Council’s research data repository (https://www.re3data.org/search?query=HSRC )
The HSRC Research Data Service (http://datacuration.hsrc.ac.za/) provides a digital repository facility for the HSRC’s research data in support of evidence-based human and social development in South Africa and the broader region. Our mission is to make research data accessible and to ensure its future survival and usability. We strive to develop a quantitative and qualitative social science research data collection of high re-use value that speaks to the priorities of a developing country, such as the South African Social Attitudes Survey (SASAS) and the South African National HIV Prevalence, HIV Incidence, Behaviour and Communication Survey (SABSSM) amongst others.
Access to our data is dependent on ethical requirements for protecting research participants, as well as on legal agreements with the owners, funders, or in the case of data owned by the HSRC, the requirements of the depositors of the data. All data sets are provided free of charge.
We provide metadata records that describe data sets, as well as related documentation including Read me files, user guides, code books, questionnaires, and other related information so that informed decisions can be made about whether the data will be useful for an intended purpose.
Data can be located by browsing or through the use of an advanced search or a keyword search facility. The attached document provides more information on how data sets can be accessed.
It is cheaper, faster and often better than you can collect on your own.
Does this matter, shouldn't you collect your own? Ask your supervisors and they will tell you the rules that apply.
However, there are only three years for a Ph.D. and two for a master, so time matters, a lot. Data collection is very unpredictable, it can take a lot longer or not produce the results you need. This is a major problem if the original contribution that you were looking to makes lies not in the data but in the method of analysis you were going to use.
As a researcher or student may not have funding to collect the kind of data you need, this could lead to you compromising your research plan. Finally using data-sets does not mean you can’t or should not collect your own. If you have a data-set, you can then be more focused and go out and collect just the information you need.
For all researchers, secondary data can be the much better research choice. You may not be able to collect the same amount of data or from specific people or areas no matter how much time you spend. The data could be unavailable because those specific subjects can’t be found by you or interviewed by you i.e. prisoners, you might not have access to equipment or material no matter how much money you spend because they are restricted or involve proprietary data and software.
Finally, if your research focus is not on collecting data but analysis techniques, then collecting your own data is wasting time. Your findings will come from what you do with the data. If you get data, and better quality data, you can do a better job on the main topic of your research. For experienced researchers, we can organize access to larger and more complex data-sets to help with a larger research agenda.
Data search engines can find a lot of data but it not always specific or high quality. Sometimes the data you need is not in a standard repository with straightforward downloads. Data services act as a verifying agent for restricted repositories. We write data requests and ensure that correct request processes are followed. In some cases, we assist you to gain access to data that is restricted to institutional users or academic users by providing credentials or seeing if the data can be brokered for you.
"Downloading Data From The Web
Different websites provide data in several different formats-ASCII, SAS, SPSS, Stata and others. Not all data are available in all formats,though,so you need to choose which best suits your needs. Sometimes,you will find that the data you want is not available in the format you want. Don't worry about this,your data can always be converted. Here are some tips:
For more follow the link :Syracuse university libraries