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Blog: Learning From Social Science Data Sets

by Dr Aileen O’Carroll, DRI Policy Manager

As the COVID-19 situation escalates, teachers and learners around the world are adjusting to shifting their activities online. There are a host of difficulties and complications involved in this process, stemming from the practical, financial, and psychological demands of both teaching and learning online. The Digital Repository of Ireland, as a national infrastructure for the preservation, curation and dissemination of Ireland’s humanities, social sciences, and cultural heritage data, offers rich source material that can help with some of the challenges posed by this situation. It is our hope that over the coming weeks, we can share some of the ways that the repository, and of course the DRI team, can help.

This blog post outlines, specifically, how social sciences data sets in the Digital Repository of Ireland might provide useful learning and research opportunities. The focus is on archived interviews, which feature particularly abundantly in the repository, and which can guide students in their methodological approach and function as pre-existing data sets for analysis.

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