Launch: Measurement Instruments Database for the Social Sciences (MIDSS) at the Whitaker Institute
Thursday, May 30, 2013 from 11:00 AM to 12:00 PM (GMT)
On behalf of the NUI Galway research centres (Whitaker Institute, Centre for Research on Life Stress, Centre for Disability Law and Policy, Child and Family Research Centre, Irish Centre for Social Gerontology, Irish Centre for Rural Transformation and Sustainability) funded by the Irish Social Sciences Platform (ISSP) under the Programme for Research in Third Level Institutions (Cycle 4) we are delighted to announce the launch of the Measurement Instruments Database for the Social Sciences (MIDSS). The MIDSS will be formally launched on Thursday 30th May by Professor Chris Curtin, Vice President for Innovation and Performance, and we would like to invite you to the launch.
The MIDSS is an open access online database of social science research instruments available at www.midss.ie. By April 2013, 320 instruments had been catalogued, with almost 10,000 visits to the site and 3,400 instruments downloaded. It is envisaged that researchers worldwide will submit their measurement instruments to the database and that it becomes the first place that researchers consult when looking for measurement tools when conducting their own research. The ambition is that it will become the go to repository of shareable assessment instruments across the social sciences.
The development of the MIDSS was supported through funding by the Irish Social Sciences Platform (ISSP) under the Programme for Research in Third Level Institutions (Cycle 4).
The MIDSS will be important to social scientists for a number of reasons:
• It will serve as a repository for tests and measures that have been described in journals, dissertations, technical reports, and books
• It will enable researchers to trace the lineage of tests and measures over time
• It will significantly reduce incidence of researchers and students making up tests (and duplicating work that has already been done) when they cannot find one that suits their research
• It will support the improvement of tests and measure
• It will provide a database for researchers to ‘deposit’ measures that they have developed and increase the likelihood that they will be used and cited.
• It will increase the impact of authors' works by making the primary data collecting tools available to others and this will lead to a secondary effect of increased citations for instruments that are used.
Additional research resources will be available in the coming months and DOI numbers for each instrument will be also be available.
Thursday 30th May, 11am – 12pm
CA110 (SAC room), Cairnes Building, NUI Galway
11.00 Welcome and Introduction by Dr. James Cunningham
Director of the Whitaker Institute, NUI Galway
11.20 Formal Launch of the MIDSS by Professor Chris Curtin
Vice President for Innovation and Performance, NUI Galway
11.30 Demonstration by Dr. Paul O’Connor, Lecturer in Primary Care and
Associate Director of the Whitaker Institute, NUI Galway
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