Volume 56 - Number 1 - Spring 1990

T. Machine-Readable Data Files (MRDF)

References to data of demographic interest that are stored in machine-readable form. All MRDFs coded under this heading are cross-referenced to specific subject categories as appropriate. Articles concerned with the availability of MRDFs are also included.

56:10796 China. State Statistical Bureau (Beijing, China). China Phase II (1987) In-Depth Fertility Survey [MRDF]. [1988?]. Beijing, China. Distributed by International Statistical Institute [ISI], Research Centre, Dynamic Data Base. In Eng.
"These surveys are part of the second phase of a programme of surveys conducted by the State Statistical Bureau [of China] in collaboration with the International Statistical Institute. The surveys were conducted in the provinces of Liaoning, Shandong, Guangdong, Guizhou, Gansu and in the municipality of Beijing....The household and individual surveys were conducted in a single pass....The household schedule collected demographic characteristics...of each member, together with a few economic and other characteristics of the household. The individual questionnaire contains a complete pregnancy history, with birth weight, length of...breastfeeding, and length of post-partum amenorrhoea for each live birth....A complete history of contraceptive use was collected, including reason for stopping the last method used in each pregnancy interval. Attitudes towards marriage, family size and the one-child certificate were asked. Estimated number of records for the recoded file, with a record length of 1,351 bytes are: Liaoning 6,567; Gansu 5,754; Shandong 6,124; Guizhou 6,432; Guangdong 6,656 and Beijing 7,624. The household member files will vary between 32,000 and 40,000 records."
For Phase I, see 53:20826, 20827, and 20828.
Correspondence: ISIRC Dynamic Data Base, 428 Prinses Beatrixlaan, 2270 AZ Voorburg, Netherlands. Source: ISIRC Dynamic Data Base Newsletter, No. 2, Mar 1989.

56:10797 Congo. Centre National de la Statistique et des Etudes Economiques (Brazzaville, Congo). Congo one-fifth sample of the 1984 population and housing census [MRDF]. [1988?]. Brazzaville, Congo. Distributed by International Statistical Institute [ISI], Research Centre, Dynamic Data Base. In Eng.
"This file contains 400,000 (estimated) individual and household records with a record length of 54, with details on births and deaths [in the Congo] during the last 12 months. Final results on 9 provinces, 57 districts, 6 cities and 19 sectors will be available in 75 cross-classified tables."
Correspondence: ISIRC Dynamic Data Base, 428 Prinses Beatrixlaan, 2270 AZ Voorburg, Netherlands. Source: ISIRC Dynamic Data Base Newsletter, No. 2, Mar 1989.

56:10798 Czechoslovakia. Federalni Statisticky Urad (Prague, Czechoslovakia). Czechoslovakia 1985 Family Planning Survey [MRDF]. [1988?]. Prague, Czechoslovakia. Distributed by International Statistical Institute [ISI], Research Centre, Dynamic Data Base. In Eng.
"The file contains 6,184 records with a record length of 70. All records are of married couples [with] either partner younger than 30 years having entered into marriage, for the first time and within the last 5 years. The data are machine readable with a variable describing dictionary, frequencies and SPSS control cards. The survey was conducted [in Czechoslovakia] by the Federal Statistical Office, Czech Statistical Office and Slovak Statistical Office. The contents of the file contain information on schooling, occupation, housing and family planning."
Correspondence: ISIRC Dynamic Data Base, 428 Prinses Beatrixlaan, 2270 AZ Voorburg, Netherlands. Source: ISIRC Dynamic Data Base Newsletter, No. 2, Mar 1989.

56:10799 Gutmann, Myron P.; Fliess, Kenneth H.; Holmes, Amy E.; Fairchild, Amy L.; Teas, Wendy A. Keeping track of our treasures: managing historical data with relational database software. Historical Methods, Vol. 22, No. 4, Fall 1989. 128-43 pp. Washington, D.C. In Eng.
"This article reports on one system for using relational databases to manage a large historical data collection project. It endorses the use of relational database systems for large linked databases. This system incorporates a number of files, some of them containing data and others containing cross-references between files." Data concerning the residents of Gillespie County, Texas, from the censuses of 1850, 1860, 1870, 1800, 1900, and 1910 are linked and used to compile complete life histories of individuals.
Correspondence: M. P. Gutmann, University of Texas, Department of History and Population Research Center, Austin, TX 78712. Location: Princeton University Library (SPR).

56:10800 Norwegian Social Science Data Services [NSD] (Bergen, Norway). Norwegian Census Tract Data, 1950-1980 [MRDF]. [1988?]. Bergen, Norway. In Nor.
This file is based on data from the Norwegian Statistical Office and contains census data for Norway for the years 1950, 1960, 1970, and 1980. The file holds 2.5 million records with a logical record length of 80 characters.
Correspondence: NSD, Hans Holmboesgate 22, N-5007 Bergen, Norway. Source: Producer's announcement.

56:10801 Ojala, Marydee. Making sense of census data: the HRIN approach. Database, Vol. 12, No. 6, Dec 1989. 18-22 pp. Weston, Connecticut. In Eng.
The databases developed by the Human Resources Information Network (HRIN) from U.S. census data are described. The focus of these databases is on demographic data relevant to personnel functions, such as occupations.
Correspondence: M. Ojala, 4001 West 104th Terrace, Overland Park, KS 66207. Location: New York Public Library.

56:10802 Robinson, Mark; Holden, Jill. Donnelley demographics and CENDATA: a demographic duo. Database, Vol. 12, No. 6, Dec 1989. 13-27 pp. Weston, Connecticut. In Eng.
The authors describe Donnelley Demographics and CENDATA, two online databases through which U.S. population census data are available. The focus is on the differences between the databases that may help a potential user select the one most appropriate to his or her needs.
Correspondence: M. Robinson, Prince George's County Memorial Library System, Online Searching Division, 6532 Adelphi Road, Hyattsville, MD 20782. Location: New York Public Library.

56:10803 Sociometrics Corporation (Palo Alto, California). National Archive on Sexuality, Health and Adolescence (NATASHA) [MRDF]. 1989. Palo Alto, California. In Eng.
This dataset, the National Archive on Sexuality, Health, and Adolescence (NATASHA), is available on compact disk. "One compact disk contains original data from 82 different research studies that address issues relevant to the...problem of teenage pregnancy [in the United States]. Information on adolescent sexuality, health, marriage, employment, and education; more general information on family planning, infant health, and attitudes toward sexual issues; and information on social demographics are all included in this product at national, regional, and individual levels....NATASHA is the CD-ROM version of the Data Archive on Adolescent Pregnancy and Pregnancy Prevention (DAAPPP)....Both the mainframes and microcomputer versions of the Archive are included in NATASHA....The NATASHA product includes a CD-ROM containing original ASCII data from 82 studies, a floppy diskette with search and retrieval software, microfiche of User's Guides for each study, and a comprehensive User's Manual for the whole product." Free technical assistance for one year is included. The total cost is $495.
Correspondence: Sociometrics Corporation, 685 High Street, 2E, Palo Alto, CA 94301. Source: Producer's announcement.

56:10804 United States. Bureau of the Census (Washington, D.C.). Current Population Survey, June 1988: Fertility, Birth Expectations, and Immigration Survey [MRDF]. [1988]. Washington, D.C. In Eng.
"Data are provided on labor force activity [and]...employment status, occupation, and industry of persons 14 years old and over [in the United States]. Also shown are personal characteristics such as age, sex, race, marital status, veteran status, household relationship, educational background, and Spanish origin. In addition, data pertaining to date of first marriage, fertility, birth expectations, and immigration are included in the file." The file is rectangular and contains 152,640 logical records with a record length of 601 characters.
Correspondence: U.S. Bureau of the Census, Data User Services Division, Customer Services, Washington, D.C. 20233. Source: U.S. Bureau of the Census, Data User Services Division, Data Developments, No. XII-21, Aug 1989.

56:10805 United States. National Center for Health Statistics [NCHS] (Hyattsville, Maryland). National Death Index (NDI) [MRDF]. [1989?]. Hyattsville, Maryland. In Eng.
This is a data base service operated by the U.S. National Center for Health Statistics (NCHS) to which researchers may subscribe by submitting an application to NCHS. "The National Death Index (NDI) is a computerized central file of death record information. It is compiled from magnetic tapes submitted to the...NCHS by the State vital statistics offices. These tapes contain a standard set of identifying information for each decedent, beginning with deaths occurring in 1979....The data items are as follows: First and last name, middle initial; Father's surname...; Social Security number; Date of birth; Sex; State of birth; State of residence; Marital status; Race; [and] Age at death...." The NDI may only be used for statistical purposes in medical and health research. The NDI file search is performed and results are mailed within three weeks.
Correspondence: NCHS, Division of Vital Statistics, NDI, Room 1-44, Center Building, 3700 East-West Highway, Hyattsville, MD 20782. Source: Producer's announcement.


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