Profiles - people of the UK Data Archive
Dr Alasdair Crockett was Data Standards Manager at the UK Data Archive and Chief Research Officer at
the Institute for Social and Economic Research. His interests and contributions to social science
were wide and varied. He was an expert in the long-term preservation and management of social research
data, and authored nationally and internationally respected guides to good practice on the subject.
As a researcher, he conducted research in fields ranging from history to geography, sociology and social
Simon Musgrave was Acting Director from 1998 until 2000. Simon left the UKDA to develop the
Nesstar product and business. He returned to the University in 2003 to work in health informatics
for the department of health and human sciences. In 2005 he joined KPMG and now leads economic
and statistical projects with a variety of government departments, often using the Data Archive resources.
Eric Roughley joined the University of Essex on 1 October 1966 and the SSRC Data Bank
when it was founded in 1967. He retired from the Archive on 31 October
1992, twenty-five years after he helped to establish it. In 1994 Eric was appointed
a Member of the Order of the British Empire in the Queen's Birthday
Honours List for services to information technology.
Numerous users of the Data Archive praised Eric's efficiency and his painstaking
attention to detail. His passion for the accuracy and integrity
of data and his excitement in deciphering the structure of
data tapes inspired many Archive staff.
Eric Tanenbaum was Acting Director of the Archive twice, firstly from 1982-83 and then from 1990-91. Whilst at the Archive
he was concerned with the release of government data and negotiated to get government statistical data including the Joint
Unemployment and Vacancies Operating System Unemployment Statistics (JUVOS). This dataset was used extensively by Local
Authorities who defended the Archive when it was suggested that the Archive be closed down. He helped establish a series of
user workshops on the FES, GHS, BSA and Census. These workshops, held at the ESRC headquarters in London, were always
oversubscribed. They followed the same format of firstly having presentations from the originators of the data and then
presentations from practical users.
After holding various posts in the Data Archive from 1973 including Deputy Director and Acting Director,
Marcia Taylor left in 1989 and moved across the square at the University to the new ESRC Centre for
Micro-Social Change in Britain, becoming the Director of Information and Development in 1990. In 1993, Marcia began a
half-time secondment to CEPS/INSTEAD in Luxembourg as an Expert Consultant, retaining a half-time
oversight of several research projects in the re-named ESRC Centre - the
Institute for Social and Economic Research. Since her full-time return to Essex,
in 1996, she has been awarded several European EU-funded projects which she co-ordinated, including the
Network of Economic and Social Science Infrastructures in Europe (NESSIE) and the Euro-Panel
Users' Network (EPUNet). At present, Marcia is the Director of the European Centre for Analysis in the Social Sciences at Essex.
Bridget Winstanley joined the UKDA in the early 1980s and was the first librarian to be
employed at any european data archive. One of her first projects, sponsored by the
British Library, involved the conversion of catalogue records into MARC format.
Within a few years she was Assistant Director of Information and will be remembered most for the
BIRON search engine, which although officially standing for Bibliographic Information Retrieval
ON-line, was referred to worldwide as Bridget's information retrieval on-line. As a member of
the Data Documentation Initiative committee she helped develop the international codebook standard
for specifying the content, presentation, transport, and preservation of social science technical
documentation. Now retired, Bridget is enjoying life as a publisher of local history.