Volume 58 - Number 1 - Spring 1992

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.

58:10801 Bhatti, Mansoor ul H. Pakistan RAPID III. Pakistan Population Review, Vol. 1, No. 1, Autumn 1990. 65-71 pp. Islamabad, Pakistan. In Eng.
The author describes the software called RAPID (Resources for the Awareness of Population Impact on Development), which was developed by the Futures Group, a U.S. company. The software is designed for IBM-PCs and compatibles, with a configuration that includes 640K RAM, a fixed disk drive, and DOS 2.0 or higher. The application in Pakistan of this software in an information, education, and communication program sponsored by the National Institute of Population Studies, including the translation of the software into Urdu, is briefly outlined.
Correspondence: M. ul H. Bhatti, National Institute of Population Studies, House No. 8, St. 70, F-8/3, P.O. Box 2197, Islamabad, Pakistan. Location: Princeton University Library (SPR).

58:10802 Bouchard, Gerard; Roy, Raymond; Casgrain, Bernard; Hubert, Michel. Population files and database management: the BALSAC database and the INGRES/INGRID system. [Fichier de population et structures de gestion de base de donnees: le fichier-reseau BALSAC et le systeme INGRES/INGRID.] Histoire et Mesure, Vol. 4, No. 1-2, 1989. 39-57 pp. Paris, France. In Fre. with sum. in Eng.
The authors describe the BALSAC population register, which includes the population of eastern Quebec from the beginning of French settlement in the seventeenth century up to the present time. They also describe two related systems, INGRES, which has been used to construct individual biographies, genealogical pedigrees, and cohorts; and INGRID, which has been developed for more specialized purposes.
Correspondence: G. Bouchard, Universite du Quebec, Departement des Sciences Humaines, Chicoutimi, Quebec G7H 5X9, Canada. Location: Princeton University Library (FST).

58:10803 Dworak, Nick. Analysis of cohort distributions by completed parity. Parity Version 1.2. May 1991. 61 pp. Futures Group: Washington, D.C. In Eng.
This manual describes a microcomputer software package developed for the analysis of cohort distributions by completed parity. It contains a description of the basic techniques of fertility analysis in terms of cohort distributions by number of children ever born; construction of parity progression tables; the CPA (cohort parity analysis) technique for estimating the extent by which fertility control exceeds the given model level; major parametric models for distributions by completed parity (truncated negative binomial and Poisson models and the Pullum-Tedrow-Herting relational logit model); and the corresponding nonlinear fitting procedures. The data used concern both developing and developed countries.
Correspondence: Futures Group, 80 Glastonbury Boulevard, Glastonbury, CT 06033. Location: Princeton University Library (SPR).

58:10804 Field, Neil C. Population analysis on the microcomputer: a system of software packages. Canadian Geographer/Geographe Canadien, Vol. 35, No. 1, Spring 1991. 23-36 pp. Toronto, Canada. In Eng. with sum. in Fre.
"This paper describes a system of versatile software packages that has been developed by the author for population analysis on IBM-compatible microcomputers using PC or MS DOS. The series includes programs for the production of life tables, the analysis of spatial patterns and temporal trends in mortality, population projections, stationary-state population simulations and demographic planning, cohort survival estimates of net migration, and the analysis of migration matrices. Each of the programs in the series is discussed in terms of its principal analytical features, associated conceptual and methodological issues, and potential applications. The programs are intended for use both as basic research and planning tools and as instructional aids in university-level-courses. The programs and related documentation are available on a set of four 360K diskettes."
Correspondence: N. C. Field, University of Toronto, Department of Geography, Toronto, Ontario M5S 1A1, Canada. Location: Princeton University Library (PR).

58:10805 Hill, Martha S. The Panel Study of Income Dynamics: a user's guide. Guides to Major Social Science Data Bases, No. 2, ISBN 0-8039-4609-0. 1992. xiv, 89 pp. Sage Publications: Newbury Park, California/London, England. In Eng.
This is a user's guide to the data available in the U.S. Panel Study of Income Dynamics (PSID). It "describes PSID's topics, study design, research methods, and available data files. It reviews key analysis issues and identifies essential variables for the user. Several detailed analysis examples show how to make use of the PSID to estimate earnings regressions, changes in women's income following divorce, and the correlation between parents' income and a child's adult income, as well as to create a longitudinal poverty measure. This guidebook concludes by giving information on how to obtain PSID documents and the data files themselves."
Correspondence: Sage Publications, 2455 Teller Road, Newbury Park, CA 91320. Location: Princeton University Library (SPR).

58:10806 Kelly, Sue; Creeser, Rosemary. The OPCS Longitudinal Study. ESRC Data Archive Bulletin, No. 47, Spring 1991. 5-10 pp. Colchester, England. In Eng.
The authors describe the OPCS Longitudinal Study, a project that has linked data from the National Health Service Central Register with census data in England and Wales. The project, which began in 1971, contains data on some 500,000 individuals. The authors describe arrangements for accessing the data and give some illustrative examples of how these data have been used.
Correspondence: S. Kelly, Office of Population Censuses and Surveys, St. Catherines House, 10 Kingsway, London WC2B 6JP, England. Location: Princeton University Library (SPR).

58:10807 Marsh, Cathie. The sample of anonymised records. ESRC Data Archive Bulletin, No. 48, Summer 1991. 3-9 pp. Colchester, England. In Eng.
The author describes the purchase of two samples of anonymized records from the 1991 United Kingdom census and the creation of a center at the University of Manchester to act both as distributor of these data to the academic community and as a focus for research on substantive and methodological topics connected with census microdata. She "describes the legal problems and public sensitivities involved, makes comparisons with other countries' handling of census data, [and] describes the information to be released and the broad types of usage envisaged."
Correspondence: C. Marsh, University of Manchester, Department of Sociology, Oxford Road, Manchester M13 9PL, England. Location: Princeton University Library (SPR).

58:10808 Pasleau, Suzy. Assembling a computer database from nineteenth-century population registers: first steps and future prospects. [Le traitement informatique des registres de population XIXe siecle: premieres etapes et perspectives d'avenir.] Histoire et Mesure, Vol. 4, No. 1-2, 1989. 21-38 pp. Paris, France. In Fre. with sum. in Eng.
The author describes the nominal registers of the Belgian population generated from the census, which are a valuable source of economic and demographic data for the nineteenth and twentieth centuries. More specifically, she outlines a project to put the data for the Liege area into machine-readable format, and discusses the procedures used to ensure maximum accuracy of the data included in the file. She also examines how coherence testing and automatic coding of professions and place-names are making the data more reliable for further use.
Correspondence: S. Pasleau, Laboratoire d'Informatique Documentaire et d'Histoire Quantitative, Residence Andre Dumont, Place du XX-Aout 32, B-4000, Liege, Belgium. Location: Princeton University Library (FST).

58:10809 Poulard, Serge; Heyer, Evelyne; Guillemette, Andre; Brunet, Guy; Bideau, Alain; Legare, Jacques. SYGAP: a system for the management and analysis of population. [SYGAP: systeme de gestion et d'analyse de population.] Programme Pluriannuel en Sciences Humaines Rhone-Alpes, No. 6, ISBN 2-9504957-2-9. 1991. xii, 227 pp. Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique [CNRS], Programme Rhone-Alpes Recherches en Sciences Humaines: Villeurbanne, France. In Fre.
This publication describes SYGAP, which is software developed to manage and analyze historical demographic data from a population register on a microcomputer. SYGAP has been developed jointly by a team working at the University of Montreal in historical demography and the Rendu-Osler groups at Lyons, France. Initially produced to handle data already linked together and structured in the format of a population register, the software has subsequently been updated for much wider applications in demographic and genetic analysis. The report describes the technical aspects of SYGAP, the options it provides, how it can be used to analyze fertility, nuptiality, mortality, or other demographic variables, and its application to genetic analysis. A diskette of the software is included with the publication.
Correspondence: Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique, Programme Rhone-Alpes Recherches en Sciences Humaines, 2 avenue Albert Einstein, B.P. 1335, 69609 Villeurbanne Cedex, France. Location: Princeton University Library (SPR).

58:10810 United States. Bureau of the Census (Washington, D.C.). Census of population and housing, 1990: Public Law (P.L.) 94-171 data on CD-ROM [MRDF]. 1991. Washington, D.C. In Eng.
These files contain U.S. population and housing data for each state that were submitted to the President and Congress of the United States in fulfillment of Public Law 94-171. The files provide "a race count (five race categories) and a count of all persons of Hispanic origin and persons 18 years old and over of Hispanic origin....The file also includes area characteristics information such as land area, water area, latitude, and longitude....The data files on the CD-ROM are in dBASE III+ format....CD-ROM's are released for groups of States as the files become available....These CD-ROM files are not cumulative. Cost of each CD-ROM is $150."
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. XIV-10, Mar 1991.

58:10811 United States. Bureau of the Census (Washington, D.C.). Census of population and housing, 1990: Puerto Rico redistricting data [MRDF]. 1991. Washington, D.C. In Eng.
"The file contains a count of all persons and all housing units in Puerto Rico. It also provides a count of persons under 18 and 18 years old and over. Counts also are supplied for occupied and vacant housing units....The data for Puerto Rico and its subareas are presented in hierarchical sequence down to the block level....In addition to geographic codes, the file includes area characteristics information such as land area, water area, latitude, and longitude....The record size is 516 characters consisting of 300 characters of identification followed by 54 characters of data and 162 characters of filler." The file is available on IBM 3480-compatible tape cartridge or on magnetic tape at 6250 or 1600 bpi, in ASCII or EBCDIC, labeled or unlabeled. The cost of the file is $175. The file is also available on CD-ROM at a cost of $150.
For the machine-readable data file containing complete census data for Puerto Rico, see 57:40798.
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. XIV-32, Jul 1991 and No. XV-8, Feb 1992.

58:10812 United States. Bureau of the Census (Washington, D.C.). Census of population and housing, 1990: Summary Tape File 1 (Virgin Islands of the United States) [MRDF]. 1991. Washington, D.C. In Eng.
"Summary Tape File 1 (STF 1) for the [U.S.] Virgin Islands contains Stateside 100-percent equivalent data. Population items include data on age, sex, race and Hispanic origin, marital status, group quarters, household type, and household relationship....Summary Tape File 1 (Virgin Islands) is released as file 1A and file 1B. The record layout is identical for both files but the geographic coverage differs....STF 1A provides data for the Virgin Islands and its component areas in a hierarchical sequence down to the block group level....STF 1B provides data down to the lowest level of census geography, census blocks....STF 1 data files for the Virgin Islands have a record size of 7,554 characters in one segment. The first 300 characters of the segment contain geographic information." The files are available on IBM 3480-compatible tape cartridge or on 9-track tape reel at 6250 or 1600 bpi, in ASCII or EBCDIC, labeled or unlabeled. The cost for either tape option is $1.25 per megabyte, with a minimum charge of $175 per order.
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. XIV-64, Oct 1991.

58:10813 United States. Bureau of the Census (Washington, D.C.). Census of population and housing, 1990: Summary Tape File 1 [MRDF]. 1991. Washington, D.C. In Eng.
These files contain 100-percent population data from the 1990 U.S. census, including information on "age, race, sex, marital status, Hispanic origin, household type, and household relationship. Population items are cross tabulated by age, race, Hispanic origin, or sex....Summary Tape File 1 is released as file 1A, file 1B, file 1C, and file 1D. The record layout is identical for all four files but the geographic coverage differs....STF 1 data files have a record size of 9,610 characters divided into two record segments of 4,805 characters each. The first 300 characters of each segment contain geographic information. STF 1A and 1B files are available for each State and the District of Columbia and are released on a State-by-State basis. STF 1C and 1D files are each available as a single file for the entire United States." The files are available on IBM 3480-compatible tape cartridge or on magnetic tape in either ASCII or EBCDIC, labeled or unlabeled, at 6250 or 1600 bpi. The minimum charge is $175 per tape or cartridge. Files for individual states are priced according to the number of megabytes they contain. The files, with the exception of STF 1D, are also available on CD-ROM at a cost of $150 per disc.
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. XIV-22, Mar 1991.

58:10814 United States. Bureau of the Census (Washington, D.C.). Census of population and housing, 1990: Summary Tape File 3 [MRDF]. 1991. Washington, D.C. In Eng.
"Summary Tape File 3 (STF 3) contains sample data weighted to represent the total population [of the United States]. In addition, the file contains 100-percent counts and unweighted sample counts for total persons and total housing units....Summary Tape File 3 is released as file 3A, file 3B, file 3C, and file 3D. The record layout is identical for all four files but the geographic coverage differs....STF 3A provides data for States and their subareas in hierarchical sequence down to the block group level....STF 3B provides ZIP Code data for the 5-digit ZIP Codes within each State including county portions....STF 3C provides summaries for the entire United States....File 3D provides data by State for the Congressional Districts of the 103rd Congress....STF 3 data files have a record size of 31,700 characters divided into four record segments of 7,925 characters each. The first 300 characters of each segment contain geographic information." Population items covered include age, ancestry, citizenship, educational and occupational status, family type, language spoken in home, marital status, poverty status, sex, place of birth, ethnic group, and residence characteristics.
The files are available on tape cartridge or on magnetic tape, in ASCII or EBCDIC, labeled or unlabeled, at 6250 or 1600 bpi. The minimum charge for a tape or tape cartridge (IBM 3480-compatible) is $175.
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. XIV-73, Dec 1991 and Feb 1992.

58:10815 United States. Bureau of the Census (Washington, D.C.). Survey of Income and Program Participation (SIPP) [MRDF]. 1990. Washington, D.C. In Eng.
SIPP is a U.S. longitudinal survey in which each sampled household and each descendent household is reinterviewed at four-month intervals for seven interviews, or waves. The file created from the survey data contains basic demographic and social characteristics data for each member of the household. These include age, sex, race, ethnic origin, marital status, household relationship, education, and veteran status. Data are also included on housing and labor force participation. Files released in 1990 include the 1987 Panel Wave 4 and 6 topical microdata files. The files are rectangular and are available at 6250 bpi and 1600 bpi at a cost of $175 per reel.
For other SIPP files released in 1990, see 56:30807 and 56:40811.
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, Nos. XIII-8 and XIV-12.

58:10816 United States. Bureau of the Census (Washington, D.C.). TIGER/Line census files, 1990 [MRDF]. 1991. Washington, D.C. In Eng.
"The 1990 [U.S.] Census TIGER/Line file is an extract of selected geographic and cartographic information from the Census Bureau's TIGER data base....[It] provides digital data for all 1990 census map features and boundaries, the associated 1990 census final tabulation geographic area codes (such as 1990 census block numbers), and the codes for the January 1, 1990 legal statistical areas on both sides of each line segment of every mapped feature. This version also contains the final voting district codes and the 1990 census designated place codes....The...files cover the entire United States, Puerto Rico, the Virgin Islands of the United States, American Samoa, Guam, the Northern Mariana Islands, Palau, the other Pacific entities that were part of the Trust Territory of the United States for the 1980 census (the Marshall Islands and the Federated States of Micronesia), and the Midway Islands...."
Also released in 1991 was the Geographic Reference File--Names, 1990, which provides the names that correspond with the 1990 census high-level geographic area codes contained in the 1990 Census TIGER/Line files; and the TIGER/Map Sheet Corner Point Coordinate File, which contains the basic information about the scale and coverage of the map sheets in the County Block Map (1990) series. These files are available on magnetic tape or tape cartridge (IBM 3480 compatible). The price is $200 for the first county in a state plus $25 for each additional county in that state. They are also available on CD-ROM at $250 per disk.
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, Nos. XIV-20, 28, and 31, Apr-Jul 1991.


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