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Our different concerns are revealed: confidentiality is key to big data

A new network of data research centres is enabling academics to access ever more useful data sets for the research. While safeguarding the identities of individuals, the network has opened up some of the 'big data' routinely collected by business and local government organisations.

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Crime falling? Yes, but it's also evolving

We are always being told that crime levels are falling, but is that true for all types of crime? New research looking at the changing trends of crime in Scotland shows that the majority are less likely than ever to become a victim of crime. However, this picture hides the fact that many people living in high crime areas will continue to be victimised.

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Ageing exhibition kicks off 2014 Festival

ESRC is launching its biggest ever Festival of Social Science with an exhibition highlighting the opportunities and challenges posed by an ageing population.

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Charities need to trust volunteers' expertise

Charities struggling to raise money for their cause should be making better use of their army of volunteers, according to research presented at the 2014 ESRC Festival of Social Science.

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Berlin Wall marked a difference in parenting

After the fall of the Berlin Wall, the birth rate in East Germany effectively halved. The change from communism to capitalism signified a period of intense economic uncertainty, putting many people off having children. Those who were born at this time grew up markedly different from other generations, being more likely to commit crimes as adults.

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