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Linking health data with social science data

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Amalie Nielsen
Danish Data Archive

Archiving, dissemination and reuse of research data enhance the opportunities to make secondary analyses on new subjects. By using the DDI-Lifecycle standard you can make meta-analyses and comparative analyses on data materials from different research areas. In the Danish Data Archive we archive and disseminate health data as well as data from the social sciences. By linking those kinds of data we can get new forms of knowledge on the social impact on public health. Danish Data Archive facilitate the use of registries and databases from the health care system and other administrative resources, along with health surveys and the possibility to link it to classic social surveys like surveys of cultural habits. The different kind of data material makes the comparison complicated. Data has been collected by different researchers and institutions for different purposes. The DDI-Lifecycle standardized metadata and comprehensive study descriptions are the key to make linking and comparison possible.

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