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Volume 8, Issue 3, 1994

News of conferences and workshops

STATA Workshop

The Centre for Computing in Economics at Bristol ran a one day ESRC sponsored introductory workshop on the software package STATA on the 21st September. STATA is a statistics graphics and data management package designed for the general analysis of datasets of a size limited only by the machine on which it runs. Versions are available for the PC (DOS only) and UNIX and may be run either interactively or in batch mode. It has an extensive library of estimation routines and programming features that are ever more sophisticated with each new version. Because of its inherent flexibility it is an ideal solution for the initial reading and analysis of both small and large datasets, and is particularly useful for generating tables of summary statistics or graphs and for implementing conventional estimation techniques.

The PC version of STATA which was featured in the Workshop, very capably conducted by Dr. James Banks from the Institute of Fiscal Studies London, is available in two "flavours". Plain STATA for DOS and a jazzily named Intercooled STATA. The important difference between the two PC versions is that 'standard' STATA will run on any 286 (or better) machine with at least 512K of RAM, but it has fixed limits on the maximum size of dataset, whereas Intercooled STATA requires a minimum of a 386DX processor with at least 4Mb of RAM and the size of the dataset is limited only by the amount of memory available on the machine.

This introductory STATA course, which was very enthusiatically received by the participants, is planned to be repeated in the Spring of 1995, and the Centre for Computing in Economics Bristol are also planning to supplement this with an Advanced STATA course.

Mike Emslie CTI Centre for Economics, University of Bristol

Workshop on Using the Family Expenditure Survey

A workshop on Using the Family Expenditure Survey is to be held on 14 November in the Brittania Conference Centre near Kings Cross in London.

It promises to be a very interesting day when presentations will be given by John King of the CSO and by Tony Manners of OPCS on the recent developments on the FES including the change to computer assisted personal interviewing, the extension of diary keeping to children, and major data processing changes. There will also be papers on the new methodology for collecting price data, the Census checks on FES non-respondents and developments to the FES in Northern Ireland. The day will end with presentations on the Family Resources Survey - a dataset soon to be acquired by the Data Archive - and by an FES user.

There will be lots of opportunity throughout the day for formal and informal discussion between the data users and producers. The charge is 20 to cover the cost of lunch and refreshments, and the workshop is open to all interested researchers - you do not have to be a current FES user. The workshop will be especially valuable to those contemplating using the FES or FRS for research or teaching, or for those with an interest in survey methodology. PhD students will be welcome. For more information contact Rowan Currie at the

ESRC Data Archive at Essex University: Tel 0206 872001; Fax 0206 872003; E-mail

Denise Lievesley ESRC Data Archive,University of Essex

SSIT 94 The Second International Conference on Social Science Information Technology

This conference will be held at the RAI Congress Centre, Amsterdam, The Netherlands from the 7th - 9th December 1994. Topics will include: Structural Equation Modeling, Scaling, Experimentation and Observation, Social Network Analysis, Statistical Computer Applications, Innovative Educational Systems, Decision Challenges and the Role of Knowledge, Brain Research and Task Performance, Psychological Assessment, Content and Text Analysis, Computer-Assisted Data Collection, Neural and Self-Organizing Networks, and Visualization.

Contact: SSIT 94 Organizing Committee,

iec ProGAMMA, P.O. Box 841,9700 AV Groningen, The Netherlands. Tel.: +31 50 636 900 Fax: +31 50 636 687 Email:

Management and Analysis of Time Dependent Data

A one-day conference on the Management and Analysis of Time Dependent Data has been organised by the Association for Survey Computing (formerly the Study Group on Computing in Survey Analysis). It is to be held at Imperial College London on Friday 6th January 1995. Proposals for papers are welcome on any of the following themes: (i) The special problems associated with time dependent data, (ii) Case studies of longitudinal data sets, (iii) Techniques and software specifically designed for longitudinal data. Contributions from researchers involved in the ESRC Analysis of Large and Complex Data Initiative will be particularly welcomed. Interested speakers, exhibitors and participants should contact Diana Elder, ASC, PO Box 60, Chesham, Bucks HP5 3QH. Phone/fax 0494 793033. Email

CAL 95 Learning to Succeed

CAL 95 will take place at Queen's College, Cambridge from 10th to 13th April 1995. The theme of the conference is how to maximise successful learning with technology and how to learn from our experiences with it. The conference will offer delegates a distinctive and seminal look at what has been achieved to date through the introduction of computers into education and what might be achieved in the future. Proposals are invited for papers, panels, workshops, and poster displays on one or more of the themes below. All sectors of education may be addressed - primary, secondary, further and higher education. Contributions are also encouraged from the business and training sectors. Selected papers will be published in a special issue of Computers and Education.

Key Topics:

There will be four keynote sessions on primary, secondary, higher/furthereducation and business. Other sessions will consist of invited papers in parallel with contributed papers, panels and workshops. Contributed papers will be scheduled for half an hour (including discussion); panels will be given an hour; workshops may be of 1,2 or 3 hours duration. The closing date for proposals was September 30th 1994.

For further information contact: CAL95 Conference Secretariat,

University of Cambridge, Computing Service, New Museums Site, Pembroke Street, Cambridge CB2 3QG Tel: +44 223 334600; Fax: +44 223 334679; Email:

HYPERMEDIA AT WORK - Practice and Theory in Higher Education

A conference on "Hypermedia at Work" will be held at the University of Kent at Canterbury from 10th - 12th January, 1995. (There will be special introductory tutorial sessions from 9th - 10th January). "Hypermedia at Work" aims to bring together those who are new to hypermedia with those who are already developing and using hypermedia materials. If you are interested in seeing and discussing what hypermedia applications such as the World Wide Web might have to offer you in your teaching or your research, this conference is for you. The conference is supported by SEDA (Staff and Educational Development Association) as a staff development event. Delegates may be able to get assistance with the cost of the conference and travel from their Staff Development Office or from other sources. The conference will consist of workshops, plenary talks, posters and demonstrations.

Interest in using hypermedia for teaching and learning in higher education has never been greater. More and more development projects are now ready to deliver hypermedia courseware for use by the higher education community. Staff who want to use these materials must look to the skills and expertise of those with experience to explore and try to resolve the issues raised by the introduction of hypermedia into the learning cycle.

Pre-conference introductory tutorials have been organised for those who want to find out more about the basic facts and features of hypermedia. Tutorials will cover `What is Hypermedia?', `Hypermedia and Learning' and `Using Networks to access the World Wide Web'.

The conference themes are 1) The practical use of hypermedia applications in the classroom; 2) Theoretical principles, drawn from experience, in the use of hypermedia for learning; 3) Shared, cross disciplinary experiences and discipline specific views; 4) The use of the World Wide Web for teaching and research purposes.

Keynote speakers will include - Professor Peter Brown (University of Kent), the developer of Guide hypertext; Professor Wendy Hall (University of Southampton), one of the developers of Microcosm, a hypermedia system with tremendous potential for the production of resource based learning materials; Professor George P Landow (Brown University, USA), a leading figure in the use of hypermedia in teaching; Professor Terry Mayes (Heriot-Watt University), Director of Research at the Institute for Computer-Based Learning.

The conference organisers are Professor Wendy Hall, Su White, (both of University of Southampton),Dr Marilyn Deegan (University of Oxford), Wilma Strang (University of Kent) and Richard Kemp (SEDA Conference Committee).

For further information, conference registration form etc. contact:

Lynn Maitland, Conference Secretary, Hypermedia at Work Conference,

Computing Laboratory, University of Kent, Canterbury CT2 7NF. Email Tel 0227 764000 ext 7618 Fax 0227 762811

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