Making Social Science Data More Useful

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Science  29 Oct 1999:
Vol. 286, Issue 5441, pp. 880
DOI: 10.1126/science.286.5441.880a

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OTTAWA-- Worried that the social sciences aren't keeping up with other disciplines in exploiting new technologies, practitioners and their governments have begun to take steps to correct the problem. This month the 29-nation Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development held the first of four international workshops aimed at "reinventing" the social sciences to make them more empirical and relevant to policy-makers. And last month the U.S. National Science Foundation funded six projects ranging from creating an international integrated database for census information to a data center for scientists using functional magnetic resonance imaging to study cognitive processes.