Call for Papers: Social science data harmonization and replication

Call for Papers: Social science data harmonization and replication: challenges and solutions for the 21st century
6th Conference of the European Survey Research Association (ESRA)
13 to 17 July 2015, Reykjavik, Iceland
Organizer: Kristi Winters

Statistical analyses often require extensive data preparation and variable harmonization before the research can begin, yet there are no set documentation standards to facilitate transparent and precise replication. Second, increasing numbers of academic journals are adopting data policies to facilitate transparency and replication. This move to best practices increases the burden on researchers to make their data preparation, harmonization and variable transformation work transparent. Third, researchers have crossed the threshold into a digital world where, every day, humans create 2.5 quintillion bytes of data. This has led to a proliferation in datasets and the digital age has made accessing and combining data from multiple sources easier than ever. While this is a tremendous boom to social research, it further increases the need for transparency in variable transformations and harmonizations. All of this comes at a time when research journals space or stylistic constraints result in the omission of methodological details. This panel invites papers that address the challenges – and opportunities – the age of 21st century digital data present to social scientists. Paper topics may include, but are not limited to, issues of replication and replicability, documenting data preparation and variable harmonizations, trends in journal data policies, and resources for documenting data preparation for publication purposes and journal data policies.

Proposals including a paper title, abstract of up to 300 words and the names and affiliations of all authors should be submitted no later than Jan 14, 2015 to kristi.winters@gesis.org.

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