Volume 54 - Number 2 - Summer 1988

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.

54:20924 Australia. Bureau of Statistics (Belconnen, Australia). Census of Population and Housing, 30 June 1986. Census 86--Standard Tables on Magnetic Tape [MRDF]. Pub. Order No. Cat. 2186.0. 1987. Bureau of Statistics [producer and distributor]: Belconnen, Australia. In Eng.
These seven files contain small-area summary data and cross-classified tables from the 1986 Census of Population and Housing of Australia. Most of the census topics for persons, families, and dwellings are covered for each of the small areas implied in the file titles: Collection District Summary File, Statistical Local Area Summary File--Place of Enumeration, Statistical Local Area Summary File--Place of Usual Residence, Large Legal Local Government Area Summary File--Place of Enumeration, Large Legal Local Government Area Summary File--Place of Usual Residence, Commonwealth Electoral Division Summary File, and Urban Centre Summary File. Each file has accompanying documentation designed for programmers to use in processing the file.
Correspondence: Australian Bureau of Statistics, P.O. Box 10, Belconnen, ACT 2616, Australia. Source: Distributor's announcement.

54:20925 Bentzon, Karl-Henrik; Thomsen, Soren R. Danish Electoral and Census Statistics since 1970, II [MRDF]. Pub. Order No. DDA-0680. Aug 1983. Danish Data Archives [producer and distributor]: Odense, Denmark. In Eng.
This file contains 346 cases, with 1,055 variables. "The study consists of aggregate data concerning elections and censuses since 1970. All Danish elections (i.e. general elections, county council elections and municipal elections) and referenda are included. The census statistics included cover demographic and social data. The material was collected on the basis of statistical publications and the data are aggregated in units corresponding to municipalities; however, large municipalities have been divided into a number of constituencies, or sub-units."
Correspondence: Dansk Data Arkiv, Niels Bohrs Alle 25, 5230 Odense M, Denmark. Source: DDA-NYT No. 41, Spring 1987; and distributor's correspondence.

54:20926 Canada. Statistics Canada. Small Area and Administrative Data Division (Ottawa, Canada). SHOWCASE--Data and Software Package [MRDF]. Sep 25, 1987. Statistics Canada, Small Area and Administrative Data Division [producer and distributor]: Ottawa, Canada. In Eng; Fre.
This data package, on 14 diskettes for use on the IBM PC, contains data on population and vital statistics for the 266 census divisions of Canada. Smaller packages consisting of data for census divisions in each of the four regions are also available. The data are for the years 1976-1986, depending on the variable, and will be updated annually. Technical and user guides are provided. Data are also presented on income, manufacturing, farms, migration, building permits, and unemployment. A software utility is included for accessing the data; it can also be used in packages such as Lotus.
Correspondence: Small Area and Administrative Data Division, Statistics Canada, Room 2306, Main Building, Tunney's Pasture, Ottawa, Ontario K1A OT6, Canada. Source: Distributor's correspondence.

54:20927 United Kingdom. Office of Population Censuses and Surveys [OPCS] (London, England). 1971-1981 Census Change File Statistics for Comparable Areas in England and Wales [MRDF]. Pub. Order No. 2085 and 2086. [1986?]. Office of Population Censuses and Surveys [OPCS] [producer and distributor]: London, England. In Eng.
These files are part of the data archives of the 1981 census of Great Britain. They have accompanying documentation and "contain statistics extracted from the small area statistics from the 1971 and 1981 censuses (100% population and household) aggregated to comparable area levels." The small area statistics file includes information on total population, sex, population in households, age, country of birth, migration, employment, marital status, number of children, housing, and language.
Correspondence: Census and Large Data Set Unit, ESRC Data Archive, University of Essex, Wivenhoe Park, Colchester, Essex CO4 3SQ, England.

54:20928 United Nations. Department of International Economic and Social Affairs (New York, New York). MortPak-Lite: the United Nations software package for mortality measurement. Interactive software for the IBM-PC and compatibles. Population Studies, No. 104; ST/ESA/SER.A/104, Pub. Order No. E.88.XIII.2. ISBN 92-1-151167-4. 1988. vi, 121 pp. New York, New York. In Eng.
"The present volume contains the working manual for MORTPAK-LITE, a software package for demographic measurement in developing countries, with special emphasis on mortality measurement. MORTPAK-LITE includes 16 applications in the areas of life-table and stable-population construction, graduation of mortality data, indirect mortality estimation, indirect fertility estimation, and other indirect procedures for evaluating age distributions and the completeness of censuses. The package incorporates recently developed techniques that take advantage of the United Nations model life tables and generalized stable-population equations. MORTPAK-LITE features an interactive, user-friendly interface designed for microcomputer users." MORTPAK-LITE is available on diskettes for IBM-PCs and compatibles.
Location: Princeton University Library (SPR).

54:20929 United States. Bureau of the Census (Washington, D.C.). Census of Population and Housing, 1980 (United States): Summary Tape File 3D Congressional District-Level Extract [MRDF]. Pub. Order No. ICPSR 8710. 1987. U.S. Bureau of the Census [producer and distributor]: Washington, D.C. In Eng.
This rectangular file contains 436 cases, with 6 records per case and a logical record length of 2,016 characters. "Congressional district records were extracted from Summary Tape File 3D files and combined into a single file with the [U.S.] congressional district as the unit of analysis....The 436 congressional districts described in the file are defined according to the boundaries established for the 98th Congress....These files contain sample data inflated to represent the total population but also include 100-percent counts and unweighted sample counts for some variables. Complete-count data are supplied for demographic characteristics such as age, race, sex, marital status, and Spanish origin, and for housing information....Sample data are provided for other items including education, language, ancestry, employment, transportation, and income."
Source: ICPSR Bulletin 8(2).

54:20930 United States. Bureau of the Census (Washington, D.C.). Census of Population and Housing, 1980: American Indian Supplementary Questionnaire Public Use Microdata Sample [MRDF]. Pub. Order No. ICPSR 8664. [1987]. U.S. Bureau of the Census [producer and distributor]: Washington, D.C. In Eng.
This file contains 63,214 records (with a logical record length of 113 characters) and has accompanying documentation. "The 1980 American Indian supplementary file provides information on the American Indian, Eskimo, and Aleut populations beyond that obtained from the regular 1980 census questionnaire. The questionnaire was used on all federal and state reservations and in the historic areas of Oklahoma (excluding urbanized areas) to obtain information about the unique living conditions present on many reservations and in those specified areas of Oklahoma. The file is comprised of two types of records (housing and person) in a hierarchical structure. Population items from the supplementary questionnaire include: tribal affiliation, educational attainment, health services received, occupation, work history, benefits received, and income."
Source: ICPSR Bulletin, Sep 1987.

54:20931 United States. National Center for Health Statistics [NCHS] (Hyattsville, Maryland). National Health Interview Survey, 1984-1986: Longitudinal Study of Aging, 70 Years and Over [MRDF]. Pub. Order No. ICPSR 8719. 1987. U.S. National Center for Health Statistics [NCHS] [producer and distributor]: Hyattsville, Maryland. In Eng.
This rectangular file contains 5,151 logical records (with a record length of 1,160 characters) and has accompanying documentation. This is one of two public-use files to be released containing results of the Longitudinal Study of the Aging (LSOA), which is following a sample of 16,147 U.S. residents aged 55 and over drawn from the 1984 National Health Interview Survey. This file provides data on 7,541 persons who were aged 70 and over at the time of the 1984 interviews. "The LSOA is designed to (a) provide mortality rates by demographic, social, economic, and health characteristics that are not available from the vital statistics system, (b) measure change in the functional status and living arrangements of older people, and (c) provide measures of health care use. It is also designed to describe the continuum from functionally independent living in the community through dependence, possibly institutionalization, and finally to death."
Source: ICPSR Bulletin 8(2).

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