Center for Social Research and Data Archives


Open Seminar: A Data Archive on Aging and Life Course:The Latest Status of Public Data and Analysis Tools

When Dr. James W. McNally visited Japan, we held a seminar to understand the most advanced data archives on aging and aged society. Dr. McNally is the director of the National Archive of Computerized Data on Aging (NACDA), a data archive on aging in the United States.

Population aging is now progressing on a global scale, and there is an even greater need for interdisciplinary and international research, as well as for policy proposals that are based on scientific evidence. We gathered for this seminar with Dr. McNally as the main guest, and views were actively exchanged on NACDA's utilization status, what could be done to access global data, the situation surrounding data related to aging in Japan, which kinds of data are desirable for collection and disclosure, and other topics.

An Introduction to Research Data on the Aging Life Course: Web-based Data Resources and Tools to Assist the Research Process and Classroom Instruction
Dr. James W. McNally (Director, NACDA, ICPSR, University of Michigan)
Center for Social Research and Data Archives, Institute of Social Science, University of Tokyo, Institute of Gerontology, University of Tokyo
Date and Time
Tuesday, April 2, 2013, 14:50-16:30
Center Conference Room (Room 549), Akamon General Research Building, Hongo Campus, University of Tokyo

The National Archive of Computerized Data on Aging (NACDA) is a data archive that was established inside ICPSR, University of Michigan, with the aid of the National Institute on Aging. Over 1,600 data sets from inside and outside the United States are accumulated at NACDA, which are related to topics in various fields, such as the aging of individuals and families, and the health, welfare, and economy of an aged society. The data provided by NACDA is utilized not only in research but also in policy proposals based on scientific data and classes on aging at universities.

Dr. James W. McNally: Director, NACDA. Ph.D., Demography and Sociology, Brown University. Dr. McNally's research interests mainly include health and aging, care and support for families, international comparison, and analytical methods for incomplete data.

Materials used on the day can be downloaded here.