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A User-Driven and Flexible Procedure for Data Linkin

Presenter 1
Cees van der Eijk
University of Nottingham
Presenter 2
Eliyahu V. Sapir
University of Nottingham

The PIREDEU program develops a large-scale pilot infrastructure for research into electoral democracy in the European Union. This program comprises, for each of 27 EU member-states five data components: voter studies, candidate studies, content analyses of mass media, content analyses of party manifestos, and contextual data. The infrastructure builds user-friendly tools for integrating these very different kinds of data into data-sets tailored to individual researchers’ needs. This paper discusses, after a brief description of the PIREDEU program

  • preconditions for successful data integration (including ex-ante harmonization and pre-linking)
  • a brief overview of the multi-dimensional conceptual space defining different forms of linking the various data components
  • the strategy designed for linking data without restraining users to a limited number of pre-defined possibilities, and to provide analysts to specify the kind of linking that optimally suits their research needs, and the on-line implementation of this strategy
  • the effects of the on-line linking tools on the cohesion of networks of researchers, effective use of data, quality of data and need for new data collection
  • conditions under which the approach to data linking developed for PIREDEU can be extended to other data holdings (without ex-ante harmonization and pre-linking).
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