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Data Management for the Social Sciences

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Social Sciences Data - Quantitative and Qualitative Methods

Examples of social science data include:

  • survey data (opinion polls, voting records)
  • nonsurvey data (images, maps, sound, video, multimedia)
  • raw measurments, numeric tables, government statistics, and indices
  • text (fieldnotes, transcripts, blogs, e-mails)
  • spatial (zonal, event, spatial referent)

Common File Formats

  • Text - ASCII, Word, PDF
  • Numerical - ASCII, Excel, Access, SPSS, STATA
  • Mulitimedia - jpeg, tiff, dicom, mpeg, quicktime
  • Spatial - geotiff, KLM, KMZ
  • Models - 3D, statistical