Data quality project launched

22 January 2008 | Story by Newsroom

Debating: Joseph Lukhwareni of Statistics South Africa (left) and Charles Meth, a research affiliate of SALDRU, attending the workshop on data quality.

DataFirst, UCT's survey data archive and training unit, launched its Mellon-funded Data Quality Project on 17 January.

The launch was opened by deputy vice-chancellor Professor Cheryl de la Rey and attended by Dr Stuart Saunders, the South African representative for the Mellon Foundation.

The project is a collaboration between DataFirst and the South African Labour and Development Research Unit (SALDRU).

Matthew Welch, director of DataFirst, said the project is concerned with quality microdata and involves an examination of the accuracy and comparability of datasets produced from surveys conducted by Statistics South Africa, the national statistical agency. He demonstrated the capabilities of DataFirst's Wiki, which comprises a digital repository for output from the project and a community space for discussions around data quality.

As part of the launch, SALDRU's Professor Martin Wittenberg, as co-project leader, led a workshop around data quality on 18 January.

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