The SDR 2.0 Cotton File: Cumulative List of Variables in the Surveys of the SDR Database is available at Harvard Dataverse. This comprehensive data dictionary, in Microsoft Excel format, facilitates the overview of 88118 variable names, values and labels available in the original (source) data files selected for harmonization purposes in the SDR Project. For more information, see the SDR 2.0 Cotton File page.
This is a call for papers for a special issue of Quality & Quantity, “Cross-national Survey Data Harmonization”
Ilona Wysmułek, Polish Academy of Sciences, firstname.lastname@example.org
Joonghyun Kwak, The Ohio State University, email@example.com
Irina Tomescu-Dubrow, Polish Academy of Sciences and The Ohio State University, firstname.lastname@example.org
The journal Quality and Quantity: International Journal of Methodology invites contributions to a special issue devoted to ex-post harmonization of cross-national social science survey data. To broaden the scope of comparative survey research and to increase the effective use of extant survey projects, for the last few decades social scientists have been building multi-country multi-year datasets that combine respondents’ answers from survey sources that were not specifically designed to be comparable. This type of data reprocessing, referred to as ex-post cross-national survey data harmonization, involves the synthesis of survey methods and statistical techniques with substantive theories developed by the social sciences. The interest in ex-post survey data harmonization grows together with the wealth of extant publicly available data sources and impressive advances in computer science that allow scholars to test substantive theories.
For this special issue we seek substantive and methodological papers that focus on the following three main topics:
(a) methodological contributions to harmonization procedures;
(b) variability in the quality of cross-national survey data used for ex-post harmonization;
(c) substantive analyses on democracy and political trust, social inequalities, social capital, health and well-being, and intersectionality, using survey data harmonized ex-post.
The deadline for submission of a full paper is December 2, 2019.
To submit a paper, please prepare the manuscript according to the Q&Q journal rules and upload it via the online editorial manager system (editorialmanager.com/ququ/default.aspx). In addition, please send the basic information about your submission including the title of the paper, names and affiliations of all authors and abstract to Ilona Wysmułek (email@example.com) via email.
All manuscripts received for this Special Issue will be subject to the usual procedure of double anonymous review and to the guest editors’ review. An invitation to submit a paper to this Special Issue does not imply automatic acceptance for publication. Some submissions are likely to be rejected.
The latest issue of Harmonization: Newsletter on Survey Data Harmonization in the Social Sciences is out now.
This issue features articles and news. The first is by Marco Fattore and Filomena Maggino on major conceptual challenges to the creation of society-level indicators. Next, Joonghyun Kwak and Kazimierz M. Slomczynski present a concrete example of survey data aggregation into macro-level indicators, using cross-national data on trust in public institutions for their illustration. We then feature a report on the GESIS Roundtable on ex-post harmonization and announce a forthcoming conference & workshop on data harmonization at the Polish Academy of Sciences. We present news about harmonization projects: the American Opportunity Study, HaSpaD at GESIS, and Linguistic Explorations of Societies at the University of Goteborg. We round out the issue with news of recent publications.
We’ve moved our content, including the Newsletter, to https://www.asc.ohio-state.edu/dataharmonization/, the address you see now. The content is hosted by The Ohio State University’s College of Arts and Sciences.
The Survey Data Harmonization Team led by Kazimierz M. Slomczynski, Irina Tomescu-Dubrow, and Craig Jenkins received a four-year, $1.4 million award from NSF for the project, “Survey Data Recycling: New Analytic Framework, Integrated Database and Tools for Cross-National Social, Behavioral and Economic Research” (SDR) starting September 1, 2017. The award will support the development of a harmonized database derived from more than 3,000 national surveys administered over five decades to more than 3.5 million respondents from more than 150 countries. The SDR enables innovative data-intensive research on major substantive topics of social science interest and advances the fields of comparative methodology and of survey-data harmonization.
Cross-national Studies: Interdisciplinary Research and Training program (CONSIRT.osu.edu) and the Mershon Center for International Security Studies at The Ohio State University organized a two-day event, “Democracy, the State and Protest: International Perspectives on Methods for the Study of Protest,” on May 11-12, 2017, in Columbus, Ohio. The conference and workshop brought together scholars representing different approaches to the studies of protest behavior and democracy. Invited speakers presented their work on issues related to various aspects of the relationship between protest and democracy, with an emphasis on measurement and methodology. The program of the event, as well as speakers’ bios are available here.