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Finding Data: Data on Science, Technology, Computers, Internet - Europe


  • 'Brain Drain' Debate in the United Kingdom, c.1950-1970
    Qualitative project. Sought to provide an analysis of the 'brain drain' debate of the 1950s and 1960s as a social phenomenon. The term 'brain drain' was adopted in the 1960s in the context of concerns the United Kingdom was losing skilled scientific and engineering personnel to other countries. Although the term is used in a variety of academic, policy and popular discussions about the international mobility of scientists, this project sought to rectify the absence of scholarly literature analyzing the original 'brain drain' debate. Comprised of 19 oral history interviews with scientists and engineers who emigrated to the United States or Canada in the 1950s or 1960s as well as British policymakers involved in any way in the 'brain drain' debate at this time. Also included is the transcript of a 'witness seminar' that brought officials and former emigres together to discuss their recollections. To obtain a free account please register with the UKDA.

  • Benefits and Costs of Knowledge and Technology Transfer: a Panel Data Analysis, 1985-2007 (Longitudinal Study of Engineering in the United Kingdom)
    Aimed to create a dataset that would enable researchers to document and analyze quantitatively the evolution of research output, knowledge and technology transfer measures in the UK. In particular the researchers planned to measure the dynamic impact of industry collaboration on individual academic research output. Addresses the concerns that received most public and scholarly attention: firstly the reduction in the number of publications, secondly the increase in applied research versus basic; and thirdly the delay of publications due to secrecy requirements for patents. Despite the extensive interest in knowledge and technology transfer, most of the claims in either direction still lack satisfying empirical evidence stemming from the analysis of a large and longitudinal dataset. Main Topics: The final longitudinal study comprises career path information for more than 7,000 academics employed at the engineering departments of 40 major UK universities between 1985 and 2007. The study includes 4 separate data files: Basic - contains personal and career information of the academic; Publications - contains publication information, one entry per publication and per researcher; Patents - contains patenting information, one entry per patent per researcher; EPSRC - contains EPSRC funding information, one entry per grant per researcher. To obtain a free account please register with the UKDA.

  • Beyond Nimbyism: a Multidisciplinary Investigation of Public Engagement with Renewable Energy Technologies, 2008
    Aimed to increase understanding of public responses to renewable energy technologies, and looked at the local experience of resistance and consent, and ways in which public engagement is constructed and practised in the UK. Includes a dataset with responses to a survey administrated in 7 case study areas which were all sites of renewable energy projects around the UK with varying technologies (tidal, marine, bioenergy, offshore and onshore wind). To obtain a free account please register with the UKDA.

  • CDP's Global Dataset
    Survey on the impacts of climate change and depletion of natural resources, globally. Surveys on emissions and environmental concerns from both city governments and investors. Datasets on emissions, forests, supply chains, and water. Questionnaires can be found online.

  • Community Survey on ICT Usage (e-commerce) of Enterprises (2002+)
    Eurostat results from surveys on the usage of information and communication technologies in enterprises.

  • Excel file for RICE model as of April 26, 2010
    Examines alternative outcomes for emissions, climate change, and damages under different policy scenarios. It uses an updated version of the RICE model (Regional Integrated model of Climate and the Economy). New projections suggest that substantial future warming will occur if no abatement policies are implemented. The model also calculates the path of carbon prices necessary to keep the increase in global mean temperature to 2 degrees C or less in an efficient manner.

  • Finnish Social Science Data Archive
    Contains microdata on many topics regarding Finland including children and families, elections, immigration, foreigners, racism, religion, social capital, sports, the media, the internet, and youth. Also includes select data on Russia. Researchers must request the data through the archive.

  • Global Digital Activism Data Set, February 2013
    Features coded cases of online digital activism from 151 countries and dependent territories. Several features from each case of digital activism were documented, including the year and month that online action commenced, the estimated age and country of origin of the initiator(s), the geographic scope of their campaign, and whether the action was online only, or also featured offline activities. Researchers were interested in the number and types of software applications that were used by digital activists. Specifically, information was collected on whether software applications were used to circumvent censorship or evade government surveillance, to transfer money or resources, to aid in co-creation by a collaborative group, or for purposes of networking, mobilization, information sharing, or technical violence (destructive/disruptive hacking). The collection illustrates the overall focus of each case of digital activism by defining the cause advanced or defended by the action, the initiator's diagnosis of the problem and its perceived origin, the identification of the targeted audience that the campaign sought to mobilize, as well as the target whose actions the initiators aimed to influence. Finally, each case of digital activism was evaluated in terms of its success or failure in achieving the initiator's objectives, and whether any other positive outcomes were apparent.

  • ICT Diffusion and Distribution Dataset, 1990-2007
    Contains 2 types of indicators for the global distribution of information, communication and technology (ICT) resources. Includes gini coefficients for the distribution of Internet access within countries, and a technology diffusion index that weights the distribution of broadband subscribers, personal computers, mobile phones, Internet users, and international Internet bandwidth by economic output.

  • ICT in Education - ESSIE survey (SMART 2010/0039)
    The Study is based on over 190,000 filled questionnaires from students, teachers and head teachers in 27 countries, collected between September and December 2011. The micro-data from the three questionnaires cover four samples: ISCED level 1 (primary level of education), ISCED level 2 (lower secondary level of education) and ISCED level 3 (upper secondary level of education), distinguishing level 3A academic and 3B vocational. Due to financial, technical and time constraints, no student questionnaire has been administered in primary schools (ISCED1).

  • ICT Usage of Households and Individuals (2002+)
    Eurostat database with the results from the surveys on the usage of information and communication technologies by households and individuals.

  • International Comparative Study on the Management, Productivity, and Effectiveness of Research Teams and Institutions (ICSOPRU), 1971-1989
    Aimed to improve the management of research teams and institutions and increase awareness of their responsibility concerning proper application of research results. Concrete objectives were twofold: (1) on the international level, to make widely available comparable facts and experiences concerning the management of research teams and to promote multilateral as well as bilateral cooperation in this field, and (2) on the national level to provide all those concerned (science policy-makers, research managers, scientists, engineers) with substantive information on the state of their national research potential and to encourage them, on the basis of this information compared eventually with similar information from other countries, to take self-corrective actions as needed to improve the level of effectiveness and productivity of the research teams and institutions. 17 countries from Africa, the Arab States, Asia, Europe and Latin America took part. There were 4 stages or rounds of data collection: 6 countries (Austria, Belgium, Finland, Hungary, Poland, Sweden) in Round 1 (February-September 1974), 6 countries (Argentina, Egypt, India, Republic of Korea [South], Poland, Ukrainian S.S.R.) in Round 2 (June 1978-September 1981), 5 countries (Brazil, India, Nigeria, Spain, Ukrainian S.S.R.) in Round 3 (October 1981-November 1985), and 4 countries (China, Ghana, Hungary, Mexico) in Round 4 (May 1985- June 1987). Each round of questionnaires had different items (except for Rounds 2 and 3 which were the same). Round 1 items included general administrative information relevant to the research units answered by the administrator of the unit, scientific information on the research unit and information relevant to the unit's head answered by the head of the unit, individual information answered by scientists and engineers of the unit, individual information answered by technicians of the unit, and external evaluation of the research units from various scientific and administrative perspectives answered by external evaluators. Rounds 2 and 3 included general information about the research unit answered by the head of the unit, information on the respondent and his or her evaluation of the research unit's management, items on productivity and effectiveness answered by head of the unit along with scientists, engineers, and technicians of the unit, EV-rating of the research unit's effectiveness on a series of dimensions dealing with scientific or social criteria and administrative criteria answered by external evaluators. The 4th round of questionnaires included information on the institutional environment of the research unit answered by the head of the institution, general information on the research unit answered by the head of the unit, information on the respondent and his or her evaluation of the research unit's management, items on productivity and effectiveness answered by the head of the unit, scientists, engineers, and technicians.

  • Joint Economic and Social Data Archive
    Includes data from many Russian institutes. Most documentation is in Russian. Summary data and data analysis tools are provided free on the site. For microdata, requests must be sent to the Archive. Wide variety of surveys including ones on reform, economics, social views, culture, politics, religion, labor, scientists, women, and young people.

  • National Survey for Wales (2009+)
    The National Survey for Wales (NSW) is one of the main ways in which the Welsh Assembly Government knows what issues are important to the people of Wales. The household questionnaire covers housing, financial inclusion, children's deprivation, internet access, and pet ownership. The individual questionnaire covers: neighborhood, communications, disability, environmental behavior, computer and internet, street cleaning, dental practices, volunteering, employment, and finance. The self-completion questionnaire covers: health, local public services, satisfaction with aspects of life, local area, safety and crime, and harassment and discrimination. Replaced Living in Wales. To obtain a free account please register with the UKDA.

  • ONS Opinions Survey (1990+)
    Regular, multi-purpose survey for the United Kingdom. Each month's questionnaire consists of 2 elements: core questions, covering demographic information, are asked each month together with non-core questions that vary from month to month. Topical modules have included topics such as changes in family circumstances, contraception use, flexible working and leave arrangements, internet use, attendance and participation in the arts, smoking, social capital needs, and time use. Formerly known as the ONS Omnibus Survey. To obtain a free account please register with the UKDA.

  • Population Exposure Estimates in Proximity to Nuclear Power Plants, Locations
    Provides a global data set of point locations and attributes describing nuclear power plants and reactors.

  • Public Understanding of Science in Europe 1989-2005 - A Eurobarometer Trend File
    The cumulative dataset harmonizes and integrates selected long trends on public understanding of science derived from 5 Eurobarometer surveys: Eurobarometer 31, March-April 1989; Eurobarometer 38.1, November 1992; Eurobarometer 55.2, May-June 2001; Candidate Countries EB 2002.3, October-November 2002; and Eurobarometer 63.1, January-February 2005. The study includes 97 variables, including trends on knowledge about, engagement with and attitudes towards science and technology plus relevant demographics. The cumultive file can be ordered through GESIS.

  • Researching Environmental Economics at Princeton University
    Guide to environmental economics.

  • Scientific Career Transitions: from Public to Private Sector Science, 2004-2007
    Focused on research scientists who had moved between public and private sector contexts. In particular, the following groups were examined: university scientists who were engaged in setting up spin out companies; scientists who had moved from the public sector to young, entrepreneurial companies; and those who had moved to large established companies. (Free registration is required through the UK Data Archive)

  • Teaching accreditation exams reveal grading biases favor women in male-dominated disciplines in France (2016)

  • Terra Populus: Integrated Data on Population and Environment
    Integrates the world's population and environmental data, including population censuses and surveys; land cover information from remote sensing; climate records from weather stations; and land use records from statistical agencies. Currently includes over 80 countries.

  • Trends in International Mathematics and Science Study (TIMSS) (1995+)
    Provides reliable and timely data on the mathematics and science achievement of U.S. 4th- and 8th-grade students compared to that of students in other countries. Collected in 1995, 1999, 2003, 2007, and 2011. Next round of collection will be in 2015. Also see the NCES Bibliography for literature that has used this data.

  • UK Data Archive. Science and Technology Data.
    Various science and technology data sets from the United Kingdom Data Archive. To obtain a free account please register with the UKDA. Not all data is available outside the United Kingdom but most is.

  • World Telecommunication/ICT Indicators Database (2016 ed.)
    Contains time series data for 1960, 1965, 1970 and annually from 1975-2015 for around 180 different telecommunication and ICT statistics covering the telecommunication network and ICT uptake, mobile services, quality of service, traffic, staff, tariffs, revenue and investment. Data for over 200 economies are available. For select series more recent data may be available on the ITU website. Also see ITU Historical Statistics with select data from 1849-1967.

This page last updated: October 21, 2009