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This workshop introduced delegates to CLOSER’s range of longitudinal resources and highlighted opportunities for life course and intergenerational research.

About the event

This workshop introduced delegates to CLOSER’s range of longitudinal resources and highlighted opportunitie s for life course and intergenerational research.

The session covered the following:

– CLOSER Learning Hub demonstration

– CLOSER Discovery demonstration

– CLOSER’s work on data harmonisation and linkage

This workshop was aimed atresearchers from across disciplines and career stages who are using data currently or considering using data from the CLOSER longitudinal studies.

CLOSER Learning Hub demonstration

The first part of this session introduced the CLOSER Learning Hub, a new online teaching resource aimed at a non-expert and interdisciplinary audience.

CLOSER Discovery demonstration

The second part of this session demonstrated CLOSER Discovery, an innovative new search engine that enables researchers to explore the content of eight leading UK longitudinal studies. It is the most detailed and sophisticated search tool of its kind.

Harmonising and linking data

In addition to making longitudinal data more discoverable, CLOSER is working to enhance the data for research purposes. It has focused on harmonising commonly used measures within and across studies, as well as facilitating linkage of study data to administrative records.

This short session provided a brief overview of CLOSER’s work in these areas, including forthcoming harmonised datasets to be deposited at the UK Data Service, and current and planned linkages.


If you have any questions or require further information, please contact Jennie Blows (


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    Professor Alison Park,

    Director, CLOSER

    As Director of the CLOSER programme (Cohort & Longitudinal Studies Enhancement Resources) I am responsible for making sure that it maximises the use, value and impact of the UK's longitudinal studies.

    My wider research and teaching focuses on social and political attitudes and behaviour and how these are changing over time, and on survey research methods more generally. Prior to joining UCL Institute of Education, I worked at NatCen Social Research where I designed, resourced and carried out commission and grant-funded social research, with a particular focus on survey research.