Friday, 22 January 2016

Social science sites of the week

Here is the latest update of social science sites of the week

Taiwan elects first woman president
To commemorate this historic event look at the links to news reports  and background academic assessments on our recent blog posting.

Only 7% of people describe themselves as feminists
According to the results from the 2016 Fawcett society state of the nation report  only 4% men , 9% women  polled labelled themselves as feminists. When asked to describe what the word meant to them a shocking 26% of the words used were negative eg irrelevant, bitchy while 22% used positive terms such as strong willed
This was based on market research Survation polled 8165 UK residents aged 18+ between 30th
November and 3rd December 2015. The survey was
conducted via online panel. other topics covered include attitudes towards gender equality, perceptions of gender identity,
see more reports on Gender on our page

However on a more positive note
EY Senior Civil Service Women Leaders Index found that the UK ranked 4th in G20 countries amongst the representation of women in senior government official posts. The highest percentage is Canada at 46.1 the UK has 38.7%. However none had 50%
Download the full text of the report to find out more data on pay gap differentials between Uk government departments

LGBT Equality in the Workplace
Find out the best place to work in the UK by consulting the latest annual Stonewall Equality Index. The methodology examines 10 key areas: distinct areas of employment policy and practice, including networking groups, career development, training and community engagement. Interesting M15 and the security services are this year ranked top ! The Times Higher has conducted an analysis of the figures and comments on the highest ranked universities.

An economy for the 1%?
As the World Economic  Forum opens at Davos this week with the release of its 2016 Global Risks report. The risks are divided into five categories: economic, environmental, geopolitical, societal and technological.. Oxfam released a report that showed shows that the wealth of the poorest half of the world's population - that's 3.6 billion people - has fallen by a trillion dollars since 2010. However, not all commentators accept these see the criticism from the Look at poverty and Inequality data on the World Bank website. This enables some worldwide trends from  1981 onwards to be tracked.

How and Why you should manage your research data
A new concise guide for researchers from JISC which gives a basic introduction to the data management cycle with links to free online courses and advice. The emphasis is upon why research data management is important and what they can do to get started.

What went wrong  in the 2015 election?
View the preliminary findings from the inquiry in to the polls ordered by the British Polling Council . Its terms of reference and methodology can be viewed on the website . The BBC has also been discussing the topic this week.
Also released this week Margaret Beckettis internal  investigation of the Labour Party failure . Useful response on this from the News Statesman. LabourList (Party supporters) . Prospect magazine Labour uncut blog
From a different political viewpoint

New LGBT Archive
“U.S. Homophile Internationalism: is a new online exhibit which can be found on the website It provides free access to essays and articles from a range of magazines from the 1950s and 1960s which represented and provided access to contributions about and from  homosexuality and homosexuals from different region of the world including Russia, Asia and Africa. The exhibit focuses on the years from 1953 to 1964 and it addresses three of the most important U.S. homophile magazines of the 1950s and 1960s: ONE, Mattachine Review, and The Ladder.

Florence Nightingale letters online.
Free access to this marvellous resource which has been created as an international collaboration.
effort between the Florence Nightingale Museum in London, England, the Boston University Howard Gotlieb Archival Research Center, the Royal College of Nursing and the Wellcome Library. It is possible to search by keyword or browse by data and or theme. Key topics include: history of public health care,  hospitals, nursing military nursing, health care of women, For instance see this example where she discusses the role of women nurses in military hospitals and an unsent letter on a similar theme

Wikipedia celebrates 15th birthday
Get some facts and figures on the most edited articles etc from an official website on the history. Did you know that the first photo on Wikipedia was a pair of quail!

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