Search and Browse Longitudinal studies

A new search engine has been developed by Cohort & Longitudinal Studies Enhancement Resources (CLOSER) to enable researchers to explore, search and browse  the rich data collected from eight leading UK longitudinal studies.  This will provide opportunities to learn about structuring longitudinal studies and their potential for new research.

CLOSER Discovery allows users to search by keyword or browse by topic, helping researchers locate the variables that best suit their research interests. A search on CLOSER Discovery will show users:

  • The original question on which the variables are based
  • Where the questions appeared in the survey, including complete routing
  • The source of derived variables
  • An overview of each variable, including valid and invalid cases, maximum, minimum and mean values
  • Similarities and relationships of variables and data across the different studies
  • How to access the data from each study

You can access CLOSER Discovery here and find out more information about the search engine, including an introductory webinar, on the CLOSER website.


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