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Southampton Science and Engineering Day 2017

ADRC-England was at the University of Southampton Science and Engineering Day 2017 (#SotSef17) on Saturday 18 March. From 10.30am to 4.30pm Vivian, Mirela and Silvia talked to 320 people at our ADRC-E stand at the Ada Lovelace/zone 11. We had families taking the 'Admin Data Geo Challenge' and more than 30 children were awarded the ADRC-E 'Data Scientist' 'badge of honour'. More than 300 people took part in our new experiment 'Better Candies Benefit Society' and we published the results on our Twitter account before 5pm

Images: Mirela and Vivian at SotSef 2017

'Better Candies Benefit Society': We counted all buttons (our 'Census' data) in the 4 jars (Data Linkage Platform) corresponding to the 4 types of candies provided by the 'Ministry of Candies'. 317 people took part in our experiment: 81 girls < 15 years old (25.5%), 107 boys < 15 years old (33.8%), 66 women ≥ 15 years old (20.8%) and 63 men ≥ 15 years old (19.9%). After careful consideration of the 'Published Results', the 'Candy Council' for SotSef 2017 declared that liquorice will not be taken to the festival anymore. 

Images: Better Candies Benefit Society results at SotSef 2017

We gathered all tweets about the event on a Twitter Moment on our @ADRC_E account. 

We received excellent feedback from you all, thanks! These are just a few lines from our 'Comments' box:


"Very nice little demo"

"Great team at the stand! Many thanks"

"I like getting sweets

We also had few questions left on our ADRC-E 'Book of Unknown Data Research Questions'. Here are the answers provided by our scientists:

  • Do you collect the data yourself?

ADRC-E provides secure access to linked administrative and other data sets that have already been collected by others. We don’t collect data ourselves.

  • What software do you use to process the results?

It depends on what our researchers want – it could be statistical software packages like R or Stata, which also allow the researcher to apply modelling techniques, or it could be a mapping package like ArcGIS. The list of software available in the ADRC-E lab is: SPSS, Stata, SAS, MLwiN, Stat-JR, ArcGIS, Python, Microsoft Office, Microsoft SQL.

If a researcher wants something different, we will try to get it for them.

  • What if the people taking part in the survey are transgender?

If transgender people are taking part in a survey and the survey designer is collecting information about gender, either because that is the topic they are interested in learning more about, or because the gender of the respondents may be related to other responses in the survey, then the survey dataset would include those responses. A survey designer could also decide not to ask questions about gender.

In either case, ADRC-E receives a de-identified data set which includes the survey answers but no directly identifying information such as name or address, and the data set will be used to answer research questions for public benefit, following a rigorous application process.

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Page last updated: 31/07/2018