ACCESS Life Course started August 1st 2010. Funding for this infrastructure project has been obtained through The National Financing Initiative for Research Infrastructure at the Research Council of Norway. The project will develop a research infrastructure that provides access to high quality life course data from two large-scale Norwegian studies: The Norwegian panel study of the life course, ageing and generation (NorLAG) and the study of Life course, Generation and Gender (LOGG).
ACCESS Life Course is located and managed from NOVA, in close cooperation with Statistics Norway. The infrastructure is motivated by the urgent need to stimulate research about predictors and consequences of life course patterns in the context of an ageing society. The databases include instruments and measurements from multiple disciplines (demography, sociology, psychology, economics and health sciences).
The complexity of the basic datasets is a major barrier for many researchers. ACCESS Life Course aims at reducing this complexity by providing easily accessible databases, including possibilities for obtaining tailor-made files with full documentation and individual support.
The main goals of the project are to:
- Optimise access to the ACCESS Life Course Databases by providing ease-to-use and well documented data sets to researchers
- Improve the quality and international comparability of data and measurement instruments
- Assess innovative methodological approaches in life course studies, including analyses of longitudinal data
- Enhance institutional and multidisciplinary collaboration in life course and demographic studies.
Datafiles available from the project:
- LOGG easy-to-use, 2007/2008
- NorLAG panel easy-to-use
The files are available through NSD (Norwegian Social Science Data Services): http://www.nsd.uib.no/nsddata/serier/access_lc.html.
If you are interested in using the data, need help to get started, want to get in touch with other researchers working on similar topics, or have any other questions regarding the project, please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
For more information about NorLAG/LOGG, please visit http://norlag.nova.no