Proposal for harmonisation of Slovenian Labour Force Survey microdata
Social sciences data archives University of Ljubljana Ljubljana, Slovenia
Demography and Social Statistics Statistical Office of the Republic of Slovenia Ljubljana, Slovenia
Dissemination of Statistical Data and Methods Statistical Office of the Republic of Slovenia Ljubljana, Slovenia
Labour force survey is conducted in various institutional setting and whit some shifts in research design and variables content from 1989 onwards. In later period, from 1997, it relatively stabilise under the auspices of the Statistical Office of the Republic of Slovenia (SURS). It contain rotated panel sample design. And it has been calibrated to a EUROSTAT common reporting requirement. A proposal for harmonisation starts from the premises of benefits that could be achieved if the added value data set is prepared ready made for complex analysis requirements of scientific community.
Problems that has to be addressed during the implementation phase, which is planed for 2010, are how to satisfy strict confidentiality requirements that SURS impose over its microdata, how to select, document and efficiently monitor the process of harmonisation, including use of conceptual metadata model and tools, and finally how to train new users, make the data widely accessible and promote advanced analysis of enhanced data set.
A proposed collaboration among statistical agency, data archives and members of scientific community could serve as a model for future collaboration on a common cause of data access provision.