About CLOSER Discovery

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CLOSER-Discovery-Button-arrowCLOSER Discovery is an online resource that enables researchers to view and appraise data from eight leading UK longitudinal studies. It is currently in development.

Beta testing began on Monday 30th November 2015.

Users will be able to search by keyword, or browse by topic. Each search will provide a summary of the data available, how they were collected (for example, details of the specific questions and protocols used), and allow you to filter by study, topic and life stage.

Why use CLOSER Discovery?

CLOSER Discovery is a user-friendly resource for locating the variables that best suit your research interests, and testing their robustness.

A search on CLOSER Discovery will show you:

  • relevant survey questions and variables, which you can filter by study, topic and life stage
  • the original question the variables are based on
  • where questions appeared in the survey, including complete routing
  • the sources of derived variables (but not the derivation methodology)
  • an overview of each variable, including valid and invalid cases; maximum, minimum, mean and mode values; and in many cases, a frequency count
  • how to access the data from each study.

You can save information for questions and variables of interest to a List, and download it for your reference.

CLOSER Discovery is currently in beta testing – what does this mean?

We have focused on getting enough content into the Portal so that you can see the functionality.

Not all the checks we would like to make have been done, so there will be some errors (particularly in the way variables and questions have been allocated to topics between studies).

Additional information, such as variable correspondence is also currently not available.

About metadata

The platform is built using metadata. Simply put, metadata is data about data. By using metadata, CLOSER Discovery allows you to find out what is available in the UK’s longitudinal datasets, understand the context of how the data were created, and make an assessment about whether the data would be useful for you to pursue. CLOSER Discovery then signposts you to where you can request access to the data you’re interested in. To find out more about data access arrangements for each of the studies, visit our How to access the data page.

For users who are interested in metadata and the technical aspects of CLOSER Discovery, please visit the CLOSER Technical Wiki.