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Using nightlights data to map rural electrification in South Africa: observations from a quantitative methods graduate

In this blog Camille Corti-Georgiou, summer intern at the UK Data Service at the University of Essex, offers her own reflections on the workshop, ‘Household energy use in the Agincourt area’, held in July 2017 at the Wits Rural Facility … Continue reading

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Knowledge exchange symposium: 21st Century Data Infrastructure for Research

In this blog Susan Cadogan and Camille Corti-Georgiou from the UK Data Service report back on the joint symposium held on 11 July 2017 at the University of Cape Town (UCT) organised by the eResearch at UCT, Data First and … Continue reading

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Cape Town Data Quality Workshop: Measurement of Development Indicators

  In this blog Andrew Kerr, economist and a Senior Research Officer at DataFirst, University of Cape Town, reports back on a 2- day workshop held at the River Club in Cape Town on 6th and 7th July 2017 organised … Continue reading

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The return of ‘Encounters with Big Data’: our summer school at the University of Essex

Louise Corti, Director of Collections Development and Producer Relations at the UK Data Service  reports back from the rerun of our successful summer school, Encounters with Big Data: An Introduction to using Big Data in the Social Sciences, held at the University of … Continue reading

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Measuring dynamics of household electricity connections in a developing context: a longitudinal data approach

In this blog Louise Corti provides a short review of an illuminating paper just published by Tom Harris, Mark Collinson and Martin Wittenberg entitled, ‘Aiming for a Moving Target: The Dynamics of Household Electricity Connections in a Developing Context’ in … Continue reading

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Reflections on ‘Encounters with Big Data’, our course in Cape Town

Louise Corti, Director of Collections Development and Producer Relations at the UK Data Service, and Chris Park, Data Scientist, report back from the course, Encounters with Big Data: An Introduction to using Big Data in the Social Sciences, held in … Continue reading

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Electricity Access Dynamics in South Africa

In this blog post, Tom Harris and Professor Martin Wittenberg from Cape Town University (UCT), report on the survey analyses they undertook on electricity transitions. Tom is a researcher in SALDRU (Southern Africa Labour and Development Research Unit) and DataFirst, with a … Continue reading

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UK visit to South Africa research sites

In August 2017, 2 members of the project team visited colleagues at the DataFirst at the University of Cape Town (UCT) and run a programme of short workshops.  It was also a good opportunity to nail down plans together with … Continue reading

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Welcome to our project blog

The UK Data Service has been awarded funding from the Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC) and National Research Foundation (NRF), South Africa, under the ESRC/NRF International Centre Partnerships in 2015, to work with South Africa’s DataFirst on big data … Continue reading

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