Volume 54 - Number 4 - Winter 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.

54:40868 Merkl, Ildiko. SRIS data archive catalogue and information. [Tarki adatkatalogus es tajekoztato.] ISBN 963-592-747-9. 1988. 179; 168 pp. Social Research Informatics Society: Budapest, Hungary; National Technical Information Centre and Library: Budapest, Hungary. In Eng; Hun.
This is a listing of a data archive operated by the Social Research Informatics Society, which was "formed in 1985 as an association of the major social science research units in Hungary....The present catalogue provides detailed information on the Archive: short descriptions of the studies documented in the Archive, information on using the Archive and indexes to facilitate inquiries....Data are available on magnetic tape or floppy [disk, and can be] formatted to SPSS, SPSSX or SPSS PC standards or [used] as a raw dataset." The geographical focus of the collection is Hungary, but SRIS offers access to bodies of data stored outside of Hungary as well. The data archive includes files containing data from the two percent samples of the 1970 and 1980 censuses, and from the microcensus of 1984.
Location: Princeton University Library (SPR).

54:40869 Soboleva, Svetlana. Demographic aspects of a regional socioeconomic survey. [Demografski aspekti pri regionalnoto sotsialno-ikonomichesko izsledvane.] Naselenie, Vol. 5, No. 4, 1987. 64-72 pp. Sofia, Bulgaria. In Bul. with sum. in Eng; Rus.
"The Demographic Data Base (DDB) automated information system is discussed in the article. The system was developed recently at the Department of Social Problems of the Institute for Economics and Organization of Industrial Production at the Siberian Department of the Academy of Sciences of the USSR. Shown are the basic operation modes for automated DDB, as well as the basic stages of the development,"
Location: Princeton University Library (SPR).

54:40870 United Nations. Department of International Economic and Social Affairs. Population Division (New York, New York). 1988 revision of the United Nations population estimates and projections [MRDF]. 1988. U.N. Department of International Economic and Social Affairs, Population Division [producer and distributor]: New York, New York. In Eng.
This tape contains the 1988 revision of the United Nations world population projections and estimates. The tape is divided into four files. The first file has 19,656 records, with a logical record length of 476 characters; the second has 8,736 records, with a record length of 232; the third contains 20,384 records, with a length of 204; and the fourth lists country names and codes. The tape "provides the estimates and projections of population for every country of the World as well as major geographic groups for a 75-year period between 1950 and 2025. Four variants of projection were prepared for dates beyond 1985: the high, medium, low and constant fertility variants. In addition, a series of demographic indicators, including total fertility rates, life expectancy at birth, infant mortality rates, crude death rates, rate of population growth, [and] urban population, are provided for each of the quinquennial periods for 1950-2025." The cost of the tape is 350 dollars (U.S.).
Correspondence: Director, U.N. Department of International Economic and Social Affairs, Population Division, United Nations, New York, NY 10017. Source: Producer's announcement.

54:40871 United States. Bureau of the Census (Washington, D.C.). County and City Data Book, 1988, Files on Diskette [MRDF]. 1988. U.S. Bureau of the Census [producer and distributor]: Washington, D.C. In Eng.
These are summary statistics as published by the U.S. Bureau of the Census in the County and City Data Book, 1988. There are six file sets available on 71 diskettes of varying record size and length. "Demographic, economic, and governmental data from both the Federal government and private agencies are presented for the purpose of multi-area comparisons or single area profiles." Data subjects include population, housing, households, vital statistics, health, and labor force. Geographic regions covered are counties, cities, places, states, and divisions for the United States, the 50 states, and the District of Columbia.
Correspondence: Customer Services (Order Desk), U.S. Bureau of the Census, Washington, D.C. 20233. Source: U.S. Bureau of the Census, Data User Services Division, Data Developments, No. XI-8, Jun 1988.

54:40872 United States. Bureau of the Census (Washington, D.C.). Survey of Income and Program Participation (SIPP) Wave 8 Rectangular Core and Topical Module Microdata File [MRDF]. 1988. U.S. Bureau of the Census [producer and distributor]: Washington, D.C. In Eng.
"SIPP is a longitudinal survey where each sampled household and each descendent household is reinterviewed at 4-month intervals for 9 interviews or 'waves.' This file contains the results of the eighth interview." The geographic focus is on the United States; codes are included for 38 individual states. The file is rectangular in structure, and contains 32,334 logical records with 6,224 character record length. "The file 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....Core questions, which are repeated at each interview, cover labor force activity, [and] types and amounts of income....Persons interviewed in Wave 8 were asked the core questions as well as questions on support for nonhousehold members, work-related expenses, marital history, migration history, fertility history, and household relationships."
Correspondence: Customer Services, Data User Services Division, U.S. Bureau of the Census, Washington, D.C. 20233. Source: U.S. Bureau of the Census, Data User Services Division, Data Developments, No. XI-14, Jul 1988.

54:40873 World Bank (Washington, D.C.). World development indicators 1988 [MRDF]. Pub. Order No. IB1034 (.WKS)/IB1035 (.PRN). 1988. World Bank [producer and distributor]: Washington, D.C. In Eng.
"The Indicators comprise 33 statistical tables that provide comprehensive, up-to-date data on social and economic development in 129 countries, and one table of basic indicators for another 34 least populous countries....Because the data have common attributes across all 129 countries, the diskettes are ideal for comparative economic studies, regression analysis, or identification of systematic relationships....The Indicators are available on double-sided, double-density 5 1/4-inch diskettes that can be used on any personal computer with a 5 1/4-inch ('floppy') disk drive using MS-DOS release 2.0 or higher. The diskettes are available in .WKS format for use with Lotus 1-2-3 (release 1a or higher) or in .PRN format for use with word processors and data base software that cannot read a worksheet file. Each set of diskettes includes instructions for use."
Correspondence: World Bank Publications, 1818 H Street NW, Washington, D.C. 20433. Source: Producer's announcement.

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