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Statistics Canada Research Data Centre (RDC) Alternatives: Conducting Research During COVID-19

This webinar will be of particular interest to graduate students and faculty - please share widely within your institutions!

Recent physical distancing protocols pertaining to the COVID-19 Pandemic have meant that RDC researchers need to find alternative ways of carrying out their research. This webinar will be of interest to graduate students, librarians, faculty and researchers. The Real Time Remote Access (RTRA) program offers one alternative way to access confidential Statistics Canada data. Other options include using the Statistics Canada public use files and analyzing data from other sources.

The presenters will discuss the differences between the data that can be accessed through the RTRA vs. the RDC. RTRA data is a very useful option for some types of questions but also has some important limitations. In addition, they will highlight alternative sources of data from the U.S. and elsewhere that are similar to the Statistics Canada master datasets. These may be particularly useful for graduate students who may not be able to wait for the RDC to re-open but who need to conduct analyses that are more sophisticated than what the RTRA or public use files will permit.


Elizabeth Hill has been a data librarian at Western University since 1998. She has served as Chair of the Statistics Canada`'s Professional Development Committee of the Data Liberation Initiative (DLI), and is currently a member of the DLI External Advisory Committee, representing Ontario. She has also been a member of Portage Training Expert subgroups, RDM 101 and Repositories 101. She has presented at IASSIST on topics related to data access, data portals and training.

Kristi Thompson has been the research data management librarian at Western University since 2019, and previously held positions as data librarian at the University of Windsor and as a data specialist at Princeton University. Her involvement with Portage includes participating on the FRDR Policy and User Experience working groups and the Dataverse North Policy working group. She co-edited the book Databrarianship: the Academic Data Librarian in Theory and Practice for ACRL and has published on topics ranging from international data sources to aboriginal sports practices.


Date: Wednesday, May 20, 2020 / Time: 2:30 PM – 3:30 PM EDT

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