Our Communities of Practice

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CLOSER currently manages three Communities of Practice for the longitudinal research and data communities.

These networks are designed to cultivate knowledge exchange, share best-practice, and facilitate innovative and collaborative projects within each area of expertise.

More information about the CLOSER Communities of Practice and how to get involved can be found below.


CLOSER Data Managers Network

The CLOSER Data Managers Network is comprised of professionals working on study data management. The network is open to studies that form part of CLOSER and/or CLOSER Discovery, as well as professionals from the wider data management community.

The purpose of the network is to provide members with a forum for knowledge sharing, training and discussion related to the practical implementation of DDI and metadata standards. The network hosts two interactive webinars a year with invited guests who utilise these standards in the real-world.

The longitudinal studies and organisations currently represented in the network include:

  • The 1946 National Survey of Health and Development (MRC Unit of Lifelong Healthy Ageing at UCL)
  • The 1958, 1970, 2000-01 birth cohorts & Next Steps (UCL Centre for Longitudinal Studies)
  • Avon Longitudinal Study of Parents and Children (University of Bristol
  • Generation Scotland (University of Edinburgh)
  • Health and Employment After Fifty Study (University of Southampton)
  • Hertfordshire Cohort Study (University of Southampton)
  • ONS Longitudinal Study (University College London)
  • Southampton Women’s Survey (University of Southampton)
  • UK Data Service (University of Essex)
  • Wirral Child Health and Development Study (University of Liverpool)

For more information, or to enquire about joining the CLOSER Data Managers Network, please contact CLOSER Project Officer, Sophie Robinson: sophie.robinson@ucl.ac.uk 

Read the Data Managers Network’s Terms of Reference


CLOSER Data Linkage Working Group

The CLOSER Data Linkage Working Group was set up in response to recommendations from CLOSER’s 2018 conference, Preparing for the future. The network meets every three months and is for professionals and practitioners working to implement data linkage strategies within the longitudinal research community.

The purpose of the group is to share knowledge, develop thinking, and identify collaborative data linkage projects for the group to work on together.

The longitudinal studies currently represented in the working group include:

  • The 1946 National Survey of Health and Development (MRC Unit of Lifelong Healthy Ageing at UCL)
  • The 1958, 1970, 2000-01 birth cohorts (UCL Centre for Longitudinal Studies)
  • Avon Longitudinal Study of Parents and Children (University of Bristol)
  • Born in Bradford (Bradford Institute for Health Research)
  • British Regional Heart Study (University College London)
  • Generations Study (The Institute of Cancer Research)
  • The Hertfordshire Cohort Study (University of Southampton)
  • Million Women’s Study (University of Oxford)
  • Southampton Women’s Survey (University of Southampton)
  • Twins UK (King’s College London)
  • UK Women’s Cohort Study (University of Leeds)
  • Understanding Society (University of Essex)

For more information, or to enquire about joining the CLOSER Data Linkage Working Group, please contact CLOSER Project Officer, Sophie Robinson: sophie.robinson@ucl.ac.uk 

Read the Data Linkage Working Group’s Terms of Reference


CLOSER Longitudinal Communications Network

The CLOSER Longitudinal Communications Network (LCN) is a community of practice made up of science communications professionals working in the field of longitudinal and life course science.

The group meets four times throughout the year to discuss common challenges faced within the science communications field, share experience, and encourage collaboration across the different studies and research centres. Guest speakers from external organisations are often invited to the meetings to share their expertise and experience.

Longitudinal studies and organisations currently represented at the LCN include:

  • The 1958, 1970, 2000-01 birth cohorts (UCL Centre for Longitudinal Studies)
  • The 1946 National Survey of Health and Development (MRC Unit of Lifelong Healthy Ageing at UCL)
  • Avon Longitudinal Study of Parents and Children (University of Bristol)
  • The Hertfordshire Cohort Study (University of Southampton)
  • Southampton Women’s Survey (University of Southampton)
  • Understanding Society (University of Essex)
  • The Institute of Social and Economic Research (University of Essex)
  • UK Data Service (University of Essex)
  • The British Library
  • DataCite (The British Library)

For more information, or to enquire about joining the CLOSER Longitudinal Communications Network, please contact CLOSER Project Officer, Sophie Robinson: sophie.robinson@ucl.ac.uk 

Read the LCN’s Terms of Reference