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Conference Presentations 2006

  • IASSIST 2006-Data in a World of Networked Knowledge, Ann Arbor, Michigan, USA
    Host Institution: Inter-university Consortium for Political and Social Research (ICPSR), University of Michigan School of Information Science, and the University of Michigan Library

F3: Moving Beyond Data to Networked Knowledge (Fri, 2006-05-26)
Chair:Cor van der Meer, Fryske Akademy

  • Database Developments to Establish Internet Content Services
    Zoltan Lux (1956 Institute, Budapest)


    The Institute, during the 50th anniversary year of the 1956 Hungarian Revolution, is receiving an exceptionally large number of requests for professional assistance with various educational, scholarly, cultural, and official state projects. Among the ways we would like to help satisfy the professional demands made on us during the anniversary is by creating new thematic 'mini-sites'. To prepare these thematic mini-sites, we have developed our contemporary-history databases further to enable archiving of historical documents found in archives and description and archiving of historical studies, and data linkages of existing database elements. The first mini-site, presenting the armed groups of Budapest in 1956, is being prepared in the spring of 2006. Plans are for a thematic historical narrative to provide the framework for the content development, complemented by several hundred pages of digitalized textual documents, memoirs, photo documents, bibliography, and sound documents. Each element or document in the development will concurrently form a separate document in the contemporary-history database, also searchable and usable outside this mini-site framework.

  • Delivering Government Data to Lawyers and Journalists
    Susan Long (Syracuse University)
    Linda Roberge (Syracuse University)


    The Transactional Records Access Clearinghouse at Syracuse University has built and maintains a data warehouse that stores data, obtained from federal agencies using the Freedom of Information Act, covering the government's enforcement, staffing, and spending activities. Whenever possible, we ask for transactional data rather than aggregated statistics. Maintaining access to the data, including regular updates, in the face of massive government reorganization, changing data systems, and a changing political environment has proved to be a challenge. Over the years, we have found it necessary to establish a series of validation and verification procedures because the quality of the underlying data systems varies. We merge in geographic, population, and other contextual information that helps to provide a basis for interpretation. This paper will cover some of the problems along with the solutions we've developed in delivering information to lawyers and journalists who often have little or no statistical background.

  • Disseminating Survey Information in the Networked World: A UK Resource
    Julie Lamb (University of Surrey)


    Researchers are increasingly turning to the WWW in an effort to find information for the data collection stage of their projects as well as the more traditional searching for literature and reports. This paper will discuss the development and use of the Question bank, an innovative WWW resource which is used to teach students and researchers about UK social surveys produced by survey agencies such as the Office for National Statistics and the National Centre for Social Research. The Question bank contains the full questionnaires for over 50 social surveys and is continuously expanding. These questionnaires enable researchers to take questions that have been used in large scale surveys for use in their own research work, thus ensuring that they do not spend time re-inventing the wheel. The Qb also contains information on social measurement in 21 substantive topic areas, and has numerous resources relating to survey data collection methods. The resource is free to all.


F4: The Big Picture: GIS Data Challenges and Solutions (Fri, 2006-05-26)
Chair:Marilyn Andrews, University of Regina

  • State and Local Government Challenges for Geospatial Data Management and Distribution
    Robert R. Downs (Center for International Earth Science Information Network (CIESIN))
    Robert S. Chen (Center for International Earth Science Information Network (CIESIN))


    As part of a project investigating requirements for managing and preserving geospatial data and related electronic records, interviews were conducted with 31 professionals responsible for managing geospatial data for their organizations. The interviews revealed a range of concerns regarding the management and distribution of geospatial data. Key issues include establishing and maintaining formal agreements, managing intellectual property rights and restrictions associated with the data, protecting sensitive information and the confidentiality of locations revealed by the data, and shielding the organization from potential liabilities resulting from data distribution and use. Many organizations have found innovative ways to address specific issues, but none of those surveyed has fully addressed all of these challenges. Issues identified by the interviews have contributed to the development of a guide for practitioners and a data model identifying information elements to be recorded and maintained when managing geospatial data and related electronic records.

  • Consideration for Security Issues of Geospatial Information Services in Local Governments
    Makoto Hanashima (Institute for Areal Studies, Foundation / Institute of Information Security)


    Emerging technologies in the field of Web Service interoperability are accelerating development of "Web-based GIS" these days. In Japan, the Ministry of Internal Affairs and Communications (MIC) launched the "GIS Action Program" to encourage the introduction of "Integrated GIS" into local governments. It is easy to imagine that Web Service technologies should be applied to Integrated GIS in the near future. However, there is no standard or guideline for information security regarding Geospatial Information Service in Japan. Also, only a few studies have been done on these issues. Therefore, studies from viewpoints of information security are required in order to construct secure geospatial information services. In the beginning of this paper, I clarify issues of information security for geospatial information services on the Internet, then discuss information security requirements for "Web-based" geospatial information services in local government. Those issues are based on the current situation in Japan; however, they will be common with most of "e-Government" around the world.

  • Organizing Data With Temporal and Spatial References
    Michal Paneth-Peleg (Israel Social Sciences Data Center, The Hebrew University)


    The information needs of regional R&D increase not only in their scope but also in their dimensions. Understanding urban and regional processes such as labour markets, internal migration, and housing prices requires the temporal dimension of data on top of its spatial reference. Running an "ordinary" time series database is complex enough. It obviously needs further logistics when handling temporal data for a multi-national universe like IFS and WDI. However, organizing a database with a temporal dimension for a multi-layer geographic universe is highly ambitious. The presentation will discuss issues of spatial statistics and present a few tradeoffs among major factors: time series continuity, changing boundaries, harmonization of different classifications, and hierarchy of geographic divisions across time. Examples from Israel Geobase will illustrate the discussed tradeoffs.

  • Integration of GIS With 2000 China Population Census Data
    Shuming Bao (China Data Center, University of Michigan)


    This presentation will demonstrate some China data projects on the integration of GIS with 2000 China population Census data at China Data Center of the University of Michigan, which include China GIS Maps with Population Census Data at province, county and township levels. We'll also demonstrate how to derive the township boundary map and how to project the population Census data to 1km2 Grid maps, which will be very helpful for comparative studies on China in time and space. Other issues will include the internationally collaborative data development, copyright and data license, data service models, and the integration of the data center functions with teaching and research.

G1: DDI for the Next Decade: Toward Version 3.0 (Part 2) (Fri, 2006-05-26)
Chair:Pascal Heus, International Household Survey Network

  • DDI 3
    Arofan Gregory (Aeon LLC)


    These two presentations will cover the implications of the major shift in focus in DDI 3.0 to encompass the entire statistical life cycle. We will review the life cycle model, the resulting data model, and implications for how applications are built and function. The role of centralized registries to support the use of metadata throughout the life cycle will be addressed, covering potential use for question banks as well as persistent sources of metadata in other applications from data collection and processing through archiving.

  • DDI 3
    Chris Nelson (Open Data Foundation)


    These two presentations will cover the implications of the major shift in focus in DDI 3.0 to encompass the entire statistical life cycle. We will review the life cycle model, the resulting data model, and implications for how applications are built and function. The role of centralized registries to support the use of metadata throughout the life cycle will be addressed, covering potential use for question banks as well as persistent sources of metadata in other applications from data collection and processing through archiving.

  • Three Out of Two People Want to Know: The Issues Behind Conversion to DDI 3
    Ken Miller (UK Data Archive)


    The Data Documentation Initiative Structural Reform Group has been working on changes to the existing standard which will result in a more modular and extensible model that covers the whole life cycle of social science data, from conception, through collection, production, distribution, and discovery to analyses and repurposing. This will mean that existing instances of marked-up DDI will not validate against this new Version 3 of the standard. This paper will discuss the issues behind converting existing DDI instances and the tools that will be available to both convert and create marked-up Version 3 DDI records.

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