NZSSDS is administered from within COMPASS Research Centre, in the Faculty of Arts at The University of Auckland. The centre consists of a team of researchers with experience and expertise in a range of disciplines and research methodologies.
NZSSDS is a multi-functional entity, providing in the first instance a space for holding data sets and metadata related to social sciences surveys in New Zealand, for the purposes of encouraging secondary analysis and specifically for aiding in the teaching of research methods in the social sciences. This service is currently inactive as we are migrating to a different software implementation.
'Enhanced publications' holdings are also being developed, adding value to journal articles and other publications around the surveys held. More details are given below.
Materials have also been put together to support published articles related to some of our data sets and also other projects involving the COMPASS Research Centre. Program code (in SAS) is being made available to allow users to reproduce analyses that were undertaken in the past. You will find these resources among our data holdings as well, as time permits their development and markup. Many thanks in this regard go to our summer scholars for their work on these materials.
NZSSDS has been used in teaching at The University of Auckland, and we promote its use for such purposes in general. For more generic teaching/self-learning modules, we have had developed workbooks to support some of our more popular data holdings in introducing basic statistical analysis techniques in SPSS. These are available upon request, and accompany reduced teaching data sets that are freely downloadable from NZSSDS.