Research Data Centre a huge resource for scholars
The Queen’s Research Data Centre (QRDC) is ramping up its profile on campus and encouraging more students and researchers to use its valuable resources.
“In the past only high-powered researchers could access, and afford to access, this kind of data. Now it’s convenient and available to all researchers,” says academic director Jeff Moon, a data librarian who has led the Social Science Data Centre at Queen’s since 1987 and worked closely with the QRDC since its 2005 inception. “We’d like to see more researchers using the Research Data Centre beginning at the undergraduate level.”
The QRDC in Stauffer Library is one of 25 Research Data Centres located at universities across Canada. The centres were created by Statistics Canada – essentially as mini satellite StatsCan offices – to strengthen Canada’s social research capacity.
Before the centres existed, researchers travelled to Ottawa to access important master data files. These files contain highly detailed information that supports more detailed statistical analysis.
Queen’s benefits immensely from having a Research Data Centre here. It is one factor for recruiting faculty and grad students – attracting them to where the data lives.
A new QRDC advisory committee led by Queen’s researchers is being formed to provide guidance on the development and promotion of QRDC services for the research community.