Neither sacred nor profane: the permitted content of civil marriage ceremonies
datasetposted on 26.09.2018 by Stephanie Pywell, Rebecca Probert
Datasets usually provide raw data for analysis. This raw data often comes in spreadsheet form, but can be any collection of data, on which analysis can be performed.
The data are contained in two Excel spreadsheets, with all identifying data removed, and a non-alphabetical coding system used.
One spreadsheet shows the results of a survey of couples who had married in an English civil marriage ceremony between January 2015 and September 2017, or who had formally given notice of their intention to marry in such a ceremony.
The other spreadsheet shows the results of a survey of registration officers who conduct civil marriage ceremonies. The researchers are aware that some of the responses in a few questionnaires were nonsensical; these have been retained to preserve the integrity of the dataset.
The article based on the data will be available online from November 2018.