IASSIST 2021 Global Virtual Conference

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CLOSER's Metadata Manager, Dr Hayley Mills gave a lightening talk on CLOSER Discovery at this year's IASSIST conference. Slides are available below.

For their 46th Annual Conference, IASSIST hosted a week-long online programme of events which ran in May 2021. The busy event programme included plenary and panel sessions, poster talks, and time for networking.

For more information on the full programme, see the IASSIST conference website.

CLOSER’s presence at the conference

As part of the lightening talks session, CLOSER’s Metadata Manager, Dr Hayley Mills gave an introduction to CLOSER Discovery.

The talk abstract and timing can be found below:

Demonstration of CLOSER Discovery: metadata platform for UK longitudinal studies
May 20, 2021, 1:00 PM – 3:00 PM

CLOSER Discovery is a metadata platform which allows users to search by keyword, browse by topic and explore the study metadata from 8+ UK longitudinal studies. CLOSER has documented variable and question metadata as well as data collection surveys. This allows users to identify variables along with the original questions and discover where these questions appeared in the survey. In addition, an overview of each variable including valid and invalid cases and frequency counts are available. The platform is built using established metadata standards which are interoperable with social science data archives internationally. This demonstration demonstrated the functionality of CLOSER Discovery including searching, browsing, creating lists and accessing the data.
Download Hayley’s presentation slides


IASSIST (International Association for Social Science Information Service and Technology) is an international organisation of professionals working with information technology and data services to support research and teaching. IASSIST was founded in 1974. We want to leverage our unique expertise in the social sciences to help benefit all data professionals and support open science.

Our members work in information technology, libraries, data services, research & higher education, government, non-profit and private research sector to discover data, curate it, make it available, and keep it available. We work together to advocate for responsible data management and use, to build a broader community surrounding research data, and encourage the development of data professionals.

Further information

For more information about this conference, please see the IASSIST conference website.