From July 11 to 12, 2011, a JSPS Seminar titled “How to use the AsiaBarometer – from the basics to applications” hosted by “Frontier of Comparative Studies of Asian Societies” funded by the JSPS Asia-Africa Science Platform Program, was held.
AsiaBarometer Workshops was held as a part of the project “Frontier of Comparative Studies of Asian Societies.” Although the integrated data from 2003 to 2008 are used in the AsiaBarometer Workshops, it is often quite challenging to use the data without information on the background and purpose of the database creation, information on the data configuration, and instructions on how to use the data. Given this circumstance, the seminar “How to use the AsiaBarometer – from the basics to applications” has been created for providing lectures and discussions on the procedures and methods relevant for all steps from hypothesis formulation to data analysis. The lectures and discussions was held in a seminar format, and the integrated data from 2003 to 2008 are used.
In addition to three participants from RICAS, young researchers from the following allied institutions of the “Frontier of Comparative Studies of Asian Societies” project participated in this JSPS seminar: Korea University, Korea (2 participants), Institute of Social Sciences, Chinese Academy of Social Sciences, China (2 participants), Fudan University, China (2 participants), and Institute of Social Sciences, Academia Sinica, Taiwan (2 participants). Furthermore, a social studies researcher from Academia Sinica, Taiwan, one of the participants of the JSPS seminar from last year, was also invited to give a speech on last year’s seminar, the history of attempts to use the AsiaBaromter, and related topics.
The achievements from the JSPS seminar will be presented at a workshop which will be hosted by the “Frontier of Comparative Studies of Asian Societies” project in Taiwan in mid-December this year. A portion of these achievements will also appear in a collection of papers to be published during this academic year.
Photo from the 2010 seminar (Prof. Sonoda – front row, third from left)