Volume 56 - Number 2 - Summer 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.

56:20762 Bean, Lee L. Census of Utah Territory, 1880 [MRDF]. Pub. Order No. ICPSR 8879. [1989?]. Inter-University Consortium for Political and Social Research [ICPSR]: Ann Arbor, Michigan. In Eng.
"The 1880 [U.S.] Census of Utah Territory was computerized as part of a research project entitled the Mormon Historical Project. This dataset contains information on 142,711 of the 143,963 individuals enumerated in that census. The following information is reported for every individual in the dataset: name...age, sex, race, marital status, occupation, ability to read and write, place of birth, parents' places of birth, place of residence, presence of illness or handicap, relationship to the head of the family, and whether or not a person was married, employed, or in school during the 12 months immediately preceding the census." The data file is rectangular and contains 142,711 cases, with a logical record length of 257 and one record per case.
Correspondence: ICPSR, P.O. Box 1248, Ann Arbor, MI 48106. Source: ICPSR Bulletin 9(3), Feb 1989.

56:20763 Blau, Peter M. Metropolitan structure and intermarriage in the United States, 1970: testing a macrostructural theory [MRDF]. Pub. Order No. ICPSR 8870. [1989?]. Inter-University Consortium for Political and Social Research [ICPSR]: Ann Arbor, Michigan. In Eng.
"This data collection was designed to test a priori theory on macrostructures and intergroup relations by examining theoretical predictions related to SMSA [Standard Metropolitan Statistical Area] social structure and conditions, intermarriage, and crime in the United States. The collection utilizes a broad range of 1970 census data aggregated at the SMSA level. Part 1 presents intermarriage rates that take into account factors such as occupation, education, income, language, and age....Part 2 provides 1970 structural variables including detailed information on marital status, occupation, ethnicity, language, education, age, race, income, and derived heterogeneity and inequality indices." The two data files are rectangular. Part 1 contains 125 cases, with 22 records per case and a record length of 810; Part 2 comprises 125 cases, with 4 records per case and a record length of 1,107.
Correspondence: ICPSR, P.O. Box 1248, Ann Arbor, MI 48106. Source: ICPSR Bulletin 9(3), Feb 1989.

56:20764 Booth, Alan. Marital instability over the life course, 1983 [MRDF]. Pub. Order No. ICPSR 9200. [1990?]. Inter-University Consortium for Political and Social Research [ICPSR]: Ann Arbor, Michigan. In Eng.
"The purpose of this data collection was to identify the causes of marital instability throughout the life course [in the United States]. The principal investigators were interested in exploring how factors such as economic resources, wife's employment, presence of children, marital satisfaction, life goals, and health relate to divorce, permanent separation, and other actions intended to dissolve a marriage. Background variables on respondents include age, sex, educational attainment, marital status and history, number of children, religious affiliation, and income level. Information also is supplied on relationship with in-laws, size of home, parent's employment, use of free time, club membership, child care arrangements, and responsibility for chores." The file structure is rectangular and is formatted into logical record lengths and SPSSx export files. Part 1, the raw data file, contains 2,033 cases, with one record per case and a record length of 1,948; Part 2 is a variable format list, with a record length of 133; and Part 3 is an SPSSx export file, with a record length of 80.
Correspondence: ICPSR, P.O. Box 1248, Ann Arbor, MI 48106. Source: ICPSR Bulletin 10(3), Feb 1990.

56:20765 Caning, Kirsten E. Population history of Greenland, 1800-1930 [MRDF]. [1989?]. Odense University, Danish Data Archives: Odense, Denmark. In Dan.
"The purpose of [this survey] was to collect information from censuses and church registers from the Disko Bay area and the Umanak District in North West Greenland....The source material covers the period 1800-1930, approximately; and the final registration comprises information concerning baptisms [order number] (DDA-0311), confirmations (DDA-0312), weddings (DDA-0313), and burials (DDA-0314) in the available church registers from the period...as well as information from the census lists from 1834, 1840, 1845, 1850, 1855, 1860, 1870, and 1901 (DDA-0645)....On the basis of this centralized register a data base has been generated with references between each person and all the religious ceremonies in which the person has been registered as the 'main character', and with direct references between married couples and between children and their parents." File number DDA-0313 contains 4,720 cases, with 96 variables; file number DDA-0314 is composed of 13,217 cases, with 84 variables; and file DDA-0645 has 25,953 cases, with 37 variables.
Correspondence: Odense University, Danish Data Archives, Campusvej 55, DK-5230 Odense M, Denmark. Source: Odense University, Danish Data Archives, Nos. 51 and 52.

56:20766 Conning, Arthur; Silva, Ari; Finnegan, Lawrence. Small-area census data services by microcomputer: applications of REDATAM system in Latin America. IASSIST Quarterly, Vol. 13, No. 1, Spring 1989. 39-50 pp. Santa Monica, California. In Eng.
The authors describe a data retrieval system called REDATAM, Retrieval of Data for Small Area by Microcomputer. "The interactive REDATAM system, in English and Spanish versions, was created to solve the problem of providing small-area population and housing information by using an IBM or fully compatible microcomputer to store the microdata of an entire census on a hard disk (or laser disks for larger countries) and to permit any tabulation to be produced rapidly for any area down to city blocks or smaller....REDATAM may play an important role in the 1990 censuses in the Latin American and Caribbean countries since the system will permit the provision of timely small-area services (and at the national level in the Caribbean countries) before, as well as after, the regular data processing and publication of results are ready."
Correspondence: A. Conning, U.N. Centro Latinoamericano de Demografia, Avenida Dag Hammarskjold, Casilla 91, Santiago, Chile. Location: Princeton University Library (SPR).

56:20767 Crispell, Diane. The use of microcomputers for demographic analysis: an overview of options for the novice user. IASSIST Quarterly, Vol. 13, No. 1, Spring 1989. 12-7 pp. Santa Monica, California. In Eng.
The author presents a review of the available software programs for use on microcomputers and data sources that are of interest to the demographer.
Correspondence: D. Crispell, American Demographics, P.O. Box 68, Ithaca, NY 14851. Location: Princeton University Library (SPR).

56:20768 Denton, Frank T.; Feaver, Christine H.; Spencer, Byron G. MEDS: models of the economic-demographic system [MRDF]. [1989?]. McMaster University, Program for Quantitative Studies in Economics and Population: Hamilton, Canada. In Eng.
"MEDS is a set of four integrated computer models for long-term projections of the Canadian population, economy, and related variables....The models are user-friendly and fully documented; they run on IBM or IBM-compatible personal computers. MEDS 1 is the first model in the series. It is designed to project the population, labour force, and number of households for a period of up to 50 years....MEDS 2 is designed to project the use of time, in aggregate terms....MEDS 4 is concerned with the impact of population change on government expenditure....MEDS 5 is designed to provide projections of Canadian macroeconomic aggregates...for any desired period up to 50 years."
Correspondence: McMaster University, Department of Economics, QSEP Program, Hamilton, Ontario L8S 4M4, Canada. Source: Publisher's announcement.

56:20769 Ericsson, Tom; Tedebrand, Lars-Goran. Research from the Demographic Data Base, Umea University, Umea, Sweden. Journal of Family History, Vol. 14, No. 3, 1989. 191-289 pp. Jai Press: Greenwich, Connecticut/London, England. In Eng.
This special issue presents a selection of five articles using data from the Demographic Data Base at Umea University in Sweden, which has been developed from church examination registers and population registers started in the seventeenth century. The papers illustrate "the possibilities of combining Swedish population registers with other types of socioeconomic and individual-based data."
Correspondence: T. Ericsson, Umea University, Department of History, S-901 87 Umea, Sweden. Location: Princeton University Library (SPR).

56:20770 Moen, Jon. Census of population, 1860: urban household sample [MRDF]. Pub. Order No. ICPSR 8930. [1989?]. Inter-University Consortium for Political and Social Research [ICPSR]: Ann Arbor, Michigan. In Eng.
"The Urban Household Sample of the 1860 United States Census was designed to supplement the Bateman-Foust rural sample with observations from urban areas. The sample covers both northern and southern towns and cities and permits examination of female occupations and labor force participation rates. Information on individuals includes occupation, city of residence, age, sex, race, dollar value of real and personal property owned, whether American or foreign born, and literacy." The data file is rectangular and contains 10,001 cases, with a logical record length of 59.
Correspondence: ICPSR, P.O. Box 1248, Ann Arbor, MI 48106. Source: ICPSR Bulletin 9(3), Feb 1989.

56:20771 United Nations. Centro Latinoamericano de Demografia [CELADE] (Santiago, Chile). Bulletin of the Data Bank. [Boletin del Banco de Datos.] No. 12, Pub. Order No. LC/DEM/G.84. Dec 1989. 60, [12] pp. Santiago, Chile. In Eng; Spa.
This Bulletin presents updated information on the data available through the CELADE Data Bank. "The present Bulletin displays updated tables of all the census and survey datasets presently held by the Data Bank, including many census datasets from the 1980's that have been recently acquired. How to obtain data and other CELADE information services is explained along with details on how to acquire CELADE and selected non-commercial software useful to demographers and others working with population data. A brief summary is given of each software package. In addition, a short article describes the capabilities of the REDATAM system and outlines the more powerful system presently under development, REDATAM-Plus."
Correspondence: CELADE, Avenida Dag Hammarskjold, Casilla 91, Santiago, Chile. Location: Princeton University Library (SPR).

56:20772 United States. Bureau of the Census (Washington, D.C.). Current Population Survey, March 1989 [MRDF]. 1990. Washington, D.C. In Eng.
"This file, also known as the Annual Demographic File, provides the usual monthly labor force data, but in addition, provides supplemental data on work experience, income, noncash benefits, and migration. Comprehensive information is given on the employment status, occupation, and industry of persons 15+ years old and over....Characteristics such as age, sex, race, household relationship, and Spanish origin are shown for each person in the household enumerated." The file structure is hierarchical and contains 275,770 logical records, with a record size of 656 characters. The file is available as 1600 bpi (4 reels) or 6250 bpi (2 reels) at a cost of U.S. $175 per reel. Technical documentation is provided.
Correspondence: U.S. Bureau of the Census, Customer Services, Washington, D.C. 20233. Source: U.S. Bureau of the Census, Data User Services Division, Data Developments, No. XII-55, Feb 1989.

56:20773 United States. Bureau of the Census (Washington, D.C.). Current Population Survey: annual demographic file, 1988 [MRDF]. Pub. Order No. ICPSR 9090. [1988?]. Washington, D.C. Distributed by Inter-University Consortium for Political and Social Research [IC. In Eng.
"This data collection supplies standard monthly labor force data and also provides supplemental data on work experience, income, noncash benefits, and migration [in the United States]. Comprehensive information is given on the employment status, occupation, and industry of persons 14 years old and older....Characteristics such as age, sex, race, household relationship, and Spanish origin are available for each person in the household enumerated." The data file is hierarchical, with a logical record length of 408.
Correspondence: ICPSR, P.O. Box 1248, Ann Arbor, MI 48106. Source: ICPSR Bulletin 9(3), Feb 1989.

56:20774 United States. Bureau of the Census (Washington, D.C.). TIGER/Line precensus files on CD-ROM, 1990 [MRDF]. 1989. Washington, D.C. In Eng.
"The precensus TIGER/Line file is an extract of selected geographic and cartographic information from the TIGER data base....This product replaces the prototype TIGER/Line files....The precensus TIGER/Line file contains basic information on 1990 census geographic area codes, feature names, and address ranges....Each segment record contains appropriate decennial census and FIPS geographic area codes, latitude/longitude coordinates, the name of the feature...and, for areas formerly covered by the GBF/DIME-Files, the address ranges and the ZIP Code associated with those address ranges for each side of street segments....The precensus TIGER/Line files cover the entire United States, Puerto Rico, the Virgin Islands of the United States, Guam, American Samoa, the Northern Mariana Islands, and the other Pacific territories for which the U.S. Census Bureau assists in the census taking process." The files are issued on a state-by-state basis. The average file size for a state is 400 megabytes, with an estimated file size for the entire United States of 19,000 megabytes. Each CD-ROM costs U.S. $250.
For information on the TIGER/Line prototype files on reels, see 55:30813.
Correspondence: U.S. Bureau of the Census, Customer Service, Washington, D.C. 20233. Source: U.S. Bureau of the Census, Data User Services Division, Data Developments, No. XIII-1, Feb 1990.


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