Third DwB Training Course

Working with data from official statistics in Europe –
particularly the European Union Statistics on Income and Living Conditions (EU-SILC) longitudinal component

Dates: 19 – 21 February 2014
Deadline for applications: Closed
Location: GENES ‐ Groupe des Écoles Nationales d'Économie et Statistique (Paris, France)
Documents: Directly downloadable [Here]
Programme: Directly available [Here] or as a PDF.


One of the core objectives of Data without Boundaries is to promote the use of integrated official statistics in Europe. The Data without Boundaries project seeks to inform the research community on possibilities for application and the potential for social enquiry of official European microdata.

To this aim Data without Boundaries, in cooperation with Eurostat, is organizing a series of three day training courses on integrated Eurostat datasets. Courses will provide information on available microdata in Europe as well as ways to access these data.

This third course focused on the European Union Statistics on Living Conditions (EU‐SILC) with a specific focus on the longitudinal component. It was hosted in Paris (France) by GENES ‐ Groupe des Écoles Nationales d'Économie et Statistique - and local organisation was supported by Réseau Quetelet. Other partners involved in this course are Eurostat (Luxembourg), GESIS‐Leibniz Institute for the Social Sciences (Mannheim), the Economic and Social Research Institute (Ireland), and INSEE‐Institut National de la Statistique et des Etudes Economiques (Paris).

The course was aimed at post graduate and senior researchers from throughout Europe who are seeking to conduct research on the basis of the EU‐SILC. Besides highlighting the legal and administrative aspects of data access the course demonstrated the possibilities of the EU‐SILC in a hands‐on computer session which explored the potential for both international as well as longitudinal analysis.

Applications are now closed. For further information please contact Christof Wolf (


Content of the course

Day 1, Wednesday, February 19, 2014

Part I: Overview of European Data from Official Statistics

13:00 – 13:30

Welcome and Overview of DwB – C. Wolf (GESIS)

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13:30 – 14:15

Overview of European Data from Official Statistics
R. Silberman (Réseau Quetelet)

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14:15 – 15:30

Regulations for Data Access – M. Isnard (INSEE)
- Overview of Access in Europe: Download [Here]
- Secure Data Access: Download [Here]

15:30 – 16:00 Break


Part II: Introduction to SILC

16:00 – 17:30

Introduction to EU‐SILC – B. Genev (Eurostat)

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Day 2, Thursday, February 20, 2014

(Part II: Introduction to SILC continues)

09:00 – 10:30

EU-SILC Longitudinal for Studying Well-being
S. Lollivier (INSEE)

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EU-SILC Longitudinal from Research Perspective
H. Wirth & C. Wolf (GESIS)

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10:30 – 11:00 Break
11:00 – 11:45

Data Structure, Documentation & Additional Resources – H. Wirth (GESIS)

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11:45 – 12:30

Introduction to Training Dataset
H. Wirth and C. Wolf (GESIS)

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12:30 – 14:00 Lunch

Part III: Practical Training Session

14:00 – 18:00

Practical Computing Session I
- Exercises & Syntaxes Files: download [Here]
- Explanation note: download [Here]


Day 3, Friday, February 21, 2014


9:00 – 12:30 Practical Computing Session II
12:30 End of course (lunch provided at INSEE's Cafeteria)


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