About the Center
The objective of the Center for Social Data Structuring (CSDS) is to promote empirical studies for solving various social issues and develop a research infrastructure for policy- making based on the empirical data by collecting and sharing social survey data, official microdata, and social big data for various applications.
The Center is currently promoting the following three projects
- Social survey related Project
- Data collection through the formation of a nationwide joint survey network and the preparation and publication of the social survey data.
- Official microdata related Project
- Preparation of official statistical data, development of a joint use system, and R&D for an online data analysis system and laboratory.
- Social Big data related Project
- Developing a real-time social change prediction system and training big-data experts.
The aim of these projects is to provide a venue for joint research with related institutions and researchers globally and contribute to the development of the humanities, social sciences, and policy- making based on empirical data.
Initially, the focus shall be on the preparation of existing data, following which we shall explore ways to utilize this data in collaboration with researchers globally. We also aim to promote the collection of new related information and establish a realistic and efficient structure for these activities. At an advanced level, our research trials will proceed to the complementary use of the data archives of these three projects. Furthermore, we aim to establish a realistic official structure for the various types of data, while solving privacy issues. This will largely depend on the nature of the data and the systems of the social and scientific fields of each project. The three projects are not expected to develop linearly or simultaneously; however, we shall try to promote each project through complementary cooperation.。
We aim to promote empirical studies for solving various social issues in fields such as the environment, public safety, and economy, develop a research infrastructure for policy making based on empirical data by preparing social survey data, official microdata, and social big data, make the existing data widely available to the public, private, and academic sectors and strive for new data collection.