In the spotlight - Crime theme for ESDS
Article dated: 2 October 2009
In 2008, ESDS launched its new thematic pages, enabling researchers and scholars to quickly find what data-related
resources are on offer at ESDS on a particular topic or theme. Last year we launched the theme of health and health
behaviour, which received some excellent feedback, particularly from new users who found the vast range of materials
available on the ESDS web site to be somewhat daunting.
This year we are launching the second theme: crime and social control. Crime encompasses a wide range of issues that
lie within the remit of several academic disciplines, including sociology, psychology, law and economics. As a theme,
crime may cover various topics, ranging from contemporary concerns over youth gangs and anti-social behaviour, through
'white collar' and corporate crime - including crimes against the environment - to serious violence. Crime-related data
held by ESDS include not only national crime surveys (which themselves cover diverse issues such as identity theft and
alcohol-related disorder in the night-time economy), but also illegal drug use, workers in the criminal justice system,
football hooliganism, and community policing in Africa.
ESDS thematic crime pages contain case studies, pointers to key data sources, ready-made searches demonstrating how to
find crime-related data, and web-based videos to showcase ESDS's online data exploration tools. The ESDS resources section
contains overview and work-through guides and presentations. The presentations are from workshops organised by ESDS
where expert speakers talk about data they have created or re-use of data.
The web-based videos (using the software Demobuilder) demonstrate how researchers can find data and access both survey
and qualitative data, conduct simple online tabulations and graphs using ESDS's suite of online data exploration tools.
Looking for data on crime
and social control?