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Sources of Historical International U.S. Data

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Margaret Adams
U.S. National Archives and Records Administration

As a result of the DataPASS initiative in the U.S., and especially the partnership that it supported between the custodial electronic records program of the U.S. National Archives and the Roper Center for Public Opinion at the University of Connecticut, there is now greater awareness of and expanded opportunities for using the rich collection of international public opinion data collected from 1952-1999, by the United States Information Agency (USIA). The National Archives also preserves and makes available online the public portion of the more...

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Question Bank: New and Comparative Research at a Glance

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Nanna Floor Clausen
Dansk Data Arkiv

This paper will demonstrate and discuss how the Danish question bank is of great value for both the social science research community but also for the data archives. The question database holds information on every question from the questionnaires deposited in the archive. The database is searchable from the Web via a dedicated search interface on two levels: simple and advanced. The paper will present the new advantages and possibilities where the most important feature is no doubt the direct access to compare the question wordings at a glance and the more...

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Taking the Pulse of our Members: Creating a Healthy Data Environment

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Wendy Watkins
Carleton University
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Michel Seguin
Statistics Canada

Staying in touch with users is an important part of being able to provide them with the right kind of service. After 12 years in existence, Canada's Data Liberation Initiative (DLI) has recently completed a comprehensive survey of contacts-those folk who are responsible for the day-to-day delivery of data services at their institutions. With an over 90% response rate there are many lessons to be learned. Some of the topics covered were a needs-assessment, as well as satisfaction with the collection, services and local support for more...

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Data Services Awareness and Use Survey 2008: Five-year Follow-up at the University of Tennessee

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Eleanor Read
University of Tennessee

In fall 2003, the University of Tennessee Libraries conducted a survey to assess awareness of its data services among faculty and graduate students in selected departments. The information collected has been helpful in understanding how data users learn about and use Data Services, how successful various promotional and outreach methods have been, and what types of data are of interest, among other things. In fall 2008, we conducted a similar survey to assess the current state of needs for and use of secondary data, and whether there has been an more...

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The Data That Did Not Arrive For The Date: Talking The Non-Response Blues

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Karsten Boye Rasmussen
University of Southern Denmark

We have the exact formulas for computing sample errors when performing surveys with probability sampling. Most social scientists can recite some practical heuristics to the tune of if you have about 1000 questionnaires your error rate will be close to +/- 3 per cent. The precision of the actual calculations have vanished from memory, but some parts of the sampling theory are sufficiently sticky. However, the true and sad story is that the precision delivered by statisticians is unnecessary as the plausible error of nonresponse is momentous compared more...

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Samantha Guss

Data Services Librarian
New York University

Stefan Kramer

Research Data Management Librarian
Cornell Institute for Social and Economic Research (CISER)

Bobray Bordelon

Data Services Librarian and Pliny Fisk Librarian of Economics and Finance
Princeton University

Lynn Woolfrey

Manager, DataFirst
University of Cape Town

Michele Hayslett

Data Services Librarian
University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill