Contact

Send us your feedback

Thank you for your feedback. An email has been sent to the ESRC support team.

An error occured whilst sending your feedback. Please review the problems below.

Our Research Catalogue contains grants and outputs data up to the end of April 2014. Records will no longer be updated after this date.

Data Management through e-Social Science: Case studies, Provision and Support (DAMES)

  • Start date: 01 February 2008
  • End date: 31 July 2011

DAMES is a research Node in the ESRC’s programme of ‘e-Social Science’, a broad initiative seeking to exploit new computer science approaches, known as ‘e-Science’ and the ‘Grid’, for the benefit of social science research and development.

The focus of the DAMES Node is on using e-Science to help support social scientists with tasks of ‘data management’. Broadly, this refers to social scientists manipulating their own data. Examples include:

  • checking data for inconsistencies (‘cleaning data’)
  • linking together different data files
  • coding or recoding measures (‘operationalising variables’).

Such tasks are a substantial and often challenging part of social research.


The DAMES Node involves a series of collaborations between computer and social scientists. It includes case studies of data management requirements; new provisions such as web pages and other tools to help social scientists access and manipulate data; and support services for users of these e-Science applications (including a programme of training workshops). Several provisions concern specialist fields where data management is especially relevant.These cover specialist information resources on occupations, educational qualifications and ethnic / immigrant groups; linking different types of data on social care, and its analysis through ‘microsimulation’; and linking e-Health and social science data.