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Variables, Datasets, and Finding What You Want

Presenter 1
Dr. Anthony Rafferty
University of Manchester
Presenter 2
Sam Smith
University of Manchester

A common problem when searching repositories for secondary data is finding useful data to meet specific requirements. Variables are a fundamental building block of data analysis and usage. This talk covers the benefits to users from a search system that generates information and cross-references for variables in each file in the +250 large-scale UK Government datasets supported by ESDS Government. Use of broad but highly targeted search along with the integration of a variety of sources of data, documentation, and metadata facilitates a powerful search platform. While the examples will be from our service, the talk will include suitable references to other international systems.

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