Korea Social Science Data Archive


Thematic Research

Director: Jaeyeol Yee (Dept. of Sociology)
Co-Reachers: Seokho Kim (Dept. of Sociology), Wonho Park (Dept. of Political Science and Int’l Relations)
Research Associates: Daehoon Kim (Data Development), Hyejin Kim (Qualitative data), Sangwun Lee (Quantitative Data), Yoona Chin (Training Program), Areum Han (Literature), Hyeok Heo (Quantitative Data)

− Acquisition, archiving, and dissemination of social sciences data
− Production of value-added data by curation service
− Research Project on social science data archiving funded by National Research Foundation of Korea
− Publication of ‘Korean Social Trends’, the annual report of the National Statistics Office
− Education program in methods of social research and research paper competition
− Cooperation among Asian data archives for the internationalization of data sharing and dissemination

Digital Kyujanggak, a Public Infrastructure in Social Science

Main Activities

KOSSDA’s main activities include acquiring, archiving, and disseminat­ing data, research on data archiving and social indicators, and offering educational programs. KOSSDA collects various data produced by individual researchers and research institutions, establishes a database from these data, and disseminates the data based on membership system. In order to promote data usage, KOSSDA offers various training programs on empirical research methods to students and researchers.

Data Holdings and Dissemination

KOSSDA holds almost all types of quantitative and qualitative data in­cluding survey data, statistical tables, interview transcripts, documents, and observation records. As of 2016, KOSSDA’s database comprises of 2,179 sets of survey data, 1,903 statistical tables, and 211 sets of qualita­tive data, which are provided to users

•“Korean General Social Survey,” which enables an international comparison of Koreans’ values and attitudes;
• “Korean Labor and Income Panel Study,” which traces changes in individual employment status;
• “Unification Attitude Survey,” which indicates trends in perception toward unification and North Korea;
• “Korean Crime Victim Survey,” which records the nationwide level of crime victims;
• “Fieldwork on Villages in Chungcheongnam-do,” which illustrates the village history of 13 regions in Chungcheongnam-do.

KOSSDA’s database is provided to 37 universities and 112 research institutions which have KOSSDA membership. Approximately 1,500 sets of data are used per year, while some of the major data are provided in English for foreign Koreanology researchers. The English version of KOSSDA’s database is disseminated to 102 universities worldwide through the Korea Foundation website.

Major Research Outcomes

One of KOSSDA’s research projects is to develop database of the Korean Research Memory (KRM) sponsored by the National Research Founda­tion. This project focuses on collecting research data produced from studies funded by the National Research Foundation, and constructing a database on the data collected. In the year 2015, KOSSDA uploaded 188 sets of data collected from researchers funded by the National Research Foundation on the KRM system (www.krm.or.kr).

In order to build a social indicator database, KOSSDA publishes the “Korean Social Trends” annual report of the National Statistical Office. This report indicates the quality of life in Korea across 11 life domains: population, family and household, health, education, labor, income and consumption, culture and leisure, housing and transportation, environment, safety, and social cohesion. KOSSDA published the first report in 2008, and has since continued to conduct the publication of this annual report.

In addition, on the occasion of the 70th anniversary of Korea’s liberation from Japan, a survey on national consciousness was organized and carried out jointly with Chosun-Ilbo as a part of the Asia Census Program. The survey was designed to trace Korea’s dramatic change during the past 70 years and to predict future trends. Survey results were covered as a feature story in August 2015 Chosun-Ilbo, and will be released as apublication in the near future.