Online research methods are popular, dynamic and fast-changing. Following on from the great success of the first edition, published in 2008, The SAGE Handbook of Online Research Methods, Second Edition offers both updates of existing subject areas and new chapters covering more recent developments, such as social media, big data, data visualization and CAQDAS. Bringing together the leading names in both qualitative and quantitative online research, this new edition is organised into nine sections: 1. Online Research Methods 2. Designing Online Research 3. Online Data Capture and Data Collection 4. The Online Survey 5. Digital Quantitative Analysis 6. Digital Text Analysis 7. Virtual Ethnography 8. Online Secondary Analysis: Resources and Methods 9. The Future of Online Social Research The SAGE Handbook of Online Research Methods, Second Edition is an essential resource for anyone interested in the contemporary practice of computer-mediated research and scholarship.

Chapter 28: Online Access to Quantitative Data Resources

Online Access to Quantitative Data Resources

ONLINE ACCESS TO QUANTITATIVE DATA RESOURCES
Louise Corti Jo Wathan

Introduction

Data collected during social science and social policy research and also policy administration represent rich and unique resources that can be reworked and reanalysed, providing opportunities for new analyses. By making data available online for reuse, new potential uses are opened up, enabling researchers to access data that they would not be able to collect themselves for a range of reasons.

This chapter introduces services that have been established to facilitate access to these rich quantitative data sources. The ease with which this is achievable has much to do with the data services providing online access to many resources. We discuss the role of ...

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