Newsletter on Survey Data Harmonization in the Social Sciences


Harmonization Newsletter Fall Winter 2020 (Volume 6, Issue 2)


Previous Issues

Harmonization Newsletter Spring Summer 2020 (Volume 6, Issue 1)

Harmonization Newsletter Fall 2019 (Volume 5, Issue 2)

Harmonization Newsletter Spring/Summer 2019 (Volume 5, Issue 1)

Harmonization Newsletter Fall 2018 (Volume 4, Issue 2)

Harmonization Newsletter Summer 2018 (Volume 4, Issue 1)

Harmonization Newsletter Fall 2017 (Volume 3, Issue 2)

Harmonization Summer 2017 (Volume 3, Issue 1)

Harmonization Fall/Winter 2016/2017 (Volume 2, Issue 2)

Harmonization Summer 2016 (Volume 2 Issue 1)

Harmonization Fall 2015 (Volume 1, Issue 2) 

Harmonization Winter 2015 (Volume 1, Issue 1)

About the Newsletter

Survey data harmonization and big data are innovative forces that are leading to new, emergent and interdisciplinary knowledge across the social sciences. The purposes of this newsletter are to share news and communicate with the growing community of scholars, institutions and government agencies who work on harmonizing social survey data and other projects with similar focus.

We pay special attention to the methodology of survey data harmonization. We intend for this newsletter to contribute to the development of international research and standards on methodological issues such as data comparability, data quality, proper data documentation, and data storage and access, as well as analytic procedures that can contend with the demands of harmonized data.

This newsletter is a production of Cross-national Studies: Interdisciplinary Research and Training program, of The Ohio State University (OSU) and the Polish Academy of Sciences (PAN). The catalyst for the newsletter was a cross-national survey data harmonization project financed by the Polish National Science Centre in the framework of the Harmonia grant competition (2012/06/M/HS6/00322). This newsletter is now funded, in part, by the US National Science Foundation (NSF) under the project, “Survey Data Recycling: New Analytic Framework, Integrated Database, and Tools for Cross-national Social, Behavioral and Economic Research” (SDR project – PTE Federal award 1738502). Any opinions, findings, and conclusions or recommendations expressed in this material are those of the authors and do not necessarily reflect the views of the National Science Foundation. The SDR project is a joint project of OSU and PAN.


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