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Isreal Gerontological Data Center (IGDC)
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Type of institution
The Israel Gerontological Data Center is one of twelve "Knowledge Centers" that were initially funded by the Israeli Ministry of Science and Technology in late 2002, and the only one to function in the realm of the social sciences. It is a virtual center, one that is accessible to users via an Internet website. The IGDC website includes explanation of the center's structure and function, documentation of linked data records, and direct access to bibliographic and statistical table search mechanisms.
The Center's aim is to pool data, to enable comprehensive analyses of research data gathered from a variety of Israeli sources, and to link researchers across Israel's universities and research institutes in order to augment gerontological inquiry.
Main research areas
The IGDC promotes analysis of the dynamics of aging in the Israeli population and their social, economic and health-related concomitants through four main avenues of activity: 1) the linking of administrative and survey data in order to allow longitudinal analyses previously unavailable to researchers, 2) establishment of a computerized search capacity to promote efficient scrutiny of age-related statistical tables, 3) establishment of a computerized bibliographic function that documents Israeli gerontological research literature, including unpublished research reports and dissertations, and 4) the collection of new data sets for analysis by researchers, specifically the Israeli data for SHARE, the Survey of Health, Aging and Retirement in Europe. The IGDC is a multidisciplinary gerontological research center that promotes inquiry into a range of related areas. These include epidemiology, demography, sociology, psychology, public policy, economics and public health. The involvement of the IGDC as the agency responsible for execution of the Israeli sample of the interdisciplinary and cross-national SHARE project attests to the center's multidisciplinary focus.
Israel Gerontological Data Center
The Paul Baerwald School of Social Work and Social
Mount Scopus Jerusalem 91905ISRAEL