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Workshops & seminars

Canadian Statistics and Microdata for the Social Sciences

Date & time
Tuesday, September 26, 2023
10 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.

Joshua Chalifour


This event is free


Webster Library
514-848-2424 ext. 7777


J.W. McConnell Building
1400 De Maisonneuve Blvd. W.
R. Howard Webster Library

Room LB-205

Wheel chair accessible


This workshop will focus on the main sources of social statistics in Canada, namely Statistics Canada's Website, more specifically the Data section and the Canadian Census. Provincial statistics (Institut de la Statistique du Qu├ębec) will also be mentioned. The second part of the presentation will present the concept of microdata and introduce students to data available through the Data Liberation Initiative (DLI). We will review the best methods to identify relevant surveys. The various types of data files (PUMFs, Master Files) will be described and students will be shown how to access those files via the Odesi database or by going to the Research Data Centre at McGill (QICSS). There will be a demonstration of Odesi which will focus on searching the platform for surveys and individual variables and on downloading datasets and associated documentation.

Learning Outcomes
1. Gain awareness of a note-taking technique, which is productive to writing.
2. Students will differentiate between aggregate statistics and Microdata2. Use the new, advanced note-taking functionality in Zotero 6.
3. Discover how to integrate references from your Zotero library with notes you create in dedicated note-taking applications."

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