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Metadata management in the real world: CLOSER Data Audit

The next webinar in our 'Metadata management in the real world' series will explore CLOSER's Data Audit, commissioned in 2022 by the ESRC and MRC.

About this webinar

In 2022, the Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC) and the Medical Research Council (MRC) commissioned CLOSER to assess the state of data across UK longitudinal population studies (LPS) and provide insights into what is required to ensure the data is in an appropriate state to support broad data sharing. In addition, the project reviewed data linkage plans and activities across LPS and repeat cross-sectional surveys, such as the election studies.

The data audit provides a baseline of information to inform funders of the current state of the activities carried out by UK LPS, in preparation for Population Research UK to identify where gaps exist and where improvements may be possible to help plan for future data collection, and highlights the support required for the studies to achieve the funders’ ambitions.

The webinar will introduce the CLOSER Data Audit report and provide a forum for feedback and discussion on its findings.

For more information and to download the report, visit our news item: CLOSER Data Audit recommends creation of UK-wide metadata office

Accessing the webinar

This webinar will be delivered via MS Teams. Instructions for how to access the session will be sent to all registered attendees prior to the session.

Please book your place via the webinar Eventbrite to ensure you receive the joining details.

Recording the webinar

We will be recording this webinar and plan to upload the video to our website post-event.

Further information

If you have any questions, or require further information, please contact CLOSER Digital Communications and Events Manager, Jennie Blows (

CLOSER Data Managers Network

This webinar is organised as part of the CLOSER Data Managers Network which is comprised of professionals working on study data management. The network is open to studies that form part of CLOSER and/or CLOSER Discovery, as well as professionals from the wider data management community.

For more information, or to enquire about joining the CLOSER Data Managers Network, please contact CLOSER Project Officer, Aidan Riley.