Nov 112013
Schedule and Location: Friday, May 30 10:45am-12:15pm Vallee-399

Primary Session Category: Research Methods
Session Code: ReMe1
Session Format: Regular (Presentations and Discussion)

Session Description: The changes to the long form Census and the discontinuation of key Statistics Canada longitudinal datasets have caused concerns for the availability of Canadian social data. At the same time, ideas about “big data” and new forms of data from administrative records are seen as a potential alternatives. This means that social researchers are increasingly asked to link information across sources and share them with multiple stakeholders (researchers, government agencies, community groups and NGOs). This situation has emphasized the importance of the need for methodological innovation in how social scientists engage issues and policy.  This session calls for papers that engage with new forms of data, such as “big” data and administrative data, new analytical techniques, and new ways of reporting information.

Session Organizers:
Yoko Yoshida, Dalhousie University, Sociology and Social Anthropology,
Martin Cooke, University of Waterloo, Sociology and Legal Studies

Chair: Yoko Yoshida
Discussant: Sylvia Fuller, University of British Columbia


1.     Michael Haan 

Old Data, New Potential: The New Brunswick Institute for Data, Research and Training.

2.     Ann H. Kim, Reem Attieh 

 Shifting the data landscape for immigration studies in Canada: The ADMIG Project

3.     Yujiro Sano  

Understanding Labour Market Integration in New Immigrant Gateways: A Case Study from Atlantic Canada

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