Volume 57 - Number 2 - Summer 1991

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.

57:20817 Bouchard, Gerard. SOREP annual report, 1989-90. ISBN 2-920803-11-5. Sep 1990. viii, 204 pp. Centre Interuniversitaire de Recherches sur les Populations [SOREP]: Chicoutimi, Canada. In Eng.
This report summarizes SOREP activities for the year 1989-1990. It includes a description of the management and development of the BALSAC population register and of the research programs in regional societies and in human genetics. "The data base consists of a central register (individual and family biographies) and secondary, or peripheral, registers containing more specialized data of a demographic, economic, social, cultural, medical, or other nature drawn from various sources....The subject of study is all of Quebec, from the beginnings of settlement in the 17th century to recent years (up to 1986, at present). Except for the Saguenay, Charlevoix and Iles-de-la-Madeleine regions, the content of the BALSAC register is limited to marriage certificates. The register is based on computerized data linkage and allows the automatic reconstruction of individual life-courses, family histories, and genealogies. The data is managed using the INGRES/INGRID data base management system."
Correspondence: Centre Interuniversitaire de Recherches sur les Populations, 555 boulevard de l'Universite, Chicoutimi, Quebec G7H 2B1, Canada. Location: Princeton University Library (SPR).

57:20818 Carbaugh, Larry W.; Marx, Robert W. The TIGER system: a Census Bureau innovation serving data analysts. Government Information Quarterly, Vol. 7, No. 3, [1990]. 285-306 pp. Greenwich, Connecticut. In Eng.
This article describes the U.S. Census Bureau's TIGER (Topologically Integrated Geographic Encoding and Referencing) system, an automated geographic data base. The emphasis is on the availability of file extracts and their usefulness to data analysts. In addition to describing the available files, it mentions various applications for the data, explains the data limitations, and notes problems encountered to date.
Correspondence: L. W. Carbaugh, U.S. Bureau of the Census, Data User Services, State and Regional Programs Staff, Washington, D.C. 20233. Location: Princeton University Library (SF).

57:20819 D'Souza, Stan; Karim, M.; Razzaque, A. The 1982 data base update of the population laboratory at Matlab, Bangladesh: implications for mortality analysis. In: Measurement and analysis of mortality: new approaches, edited by Jacques Vallin, Stan D'Souza, and Alberto Palloni. 1990. 11-34 pp. Oxford University Press: New York, New York/Oxford, England. In Eng.
The authors evaluate the 1982 database update of the population laboratory at Matlab, Bangladesh, which is run by the International Centre for Diarrhoeal Disease Research, Bangladesh (ICDDR,B). "This chapter...briefly documents field procedures utilized for the 1982 update...and the changes introduced in the system in order to ensure appropriate capture of events due to movement of the population. These new procedures facilitated the establishment of a computerized data base that allows researchers to effect appropriate linkages of records and to carry out analysis within the ICDDR,B....This chapter attempts to illustrate the power of an integrated data base within a Third World context of mortality and morbidity studies, where data on explanatory variables are rarely available."
Correspondence: S. D'Souza, United Nations Development Programme, Cotonou, Benin. Location: Princeton University Library (SPR).

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