Volume 60 - Number 3 - Fall 1994

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.

60:30802 Card, Josefina J.; Peterson, Evelyn C.; Mizuno, Sachi; Muller, Kathryn L.; McKean, Elizabeth A.; Lang, Eric L.; Peterson, James L.; Kaplan, Aaron S.; Deser, Toni. The American family: a compendium of data and sources. Garland Reference Library of Social Science, Vol. 925, ISBN 0-8153-1492-2. LC 93-24328. 1994. xxv, [474] pp. Garland Publishing: New York, New York/London, England. In Eng.
This compendium describes data sets available from the American family Data Archive, created by the Sociometrics Corporation in Los Altos, California. These data sets were chosen by a panel of experts "as having outstanding potential for secondary data analysis on issues facing today's American family....Included are details on the content of [each] data set, the sample from which the data were collected, and the instrumentation and data collection procedures that were used to create the data set. Cost and contact information is also included....The 29 data sets in this compendium address family-related issues such as child care, children and youth, education, health, economic and social issues, labor force participation, violence, family therapy, and marriage and divorce."
Correspondence: Garland Publishing, 717 Fifth Avenue, Suite 2500, New York, NY 10022. Location: Princeton University Library (SPR).

60:30803 Leete, Richard. Recent developments in software for demographic analysis: inventory of micro-computer packages with particular reference to PEOPLE and WORKERS. Asian Population Studies Series, No. 124, Nov 1993. 173-83 pp. Bangkok, Thailand. In Eng.
The author assesses recent developments in demographic software for microcomputers. He outlines "some aspects of the philosophy and strategy behind the development of two user-friendly software packages designed primarily for use in developing countries, and for use in training courses: PEOPLE Version 3.0, for making national and sub-national population projections, and WORKERS Version 1.0 used for making education, household and labour force projections....The main purpose is to raise some of the considerations faced in the development of these packages that will be of general interest to software developers and users."
Correspondence: R. Leete, c/o British High Commission, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. Location: Princeton University Library (SPR).

60:30804 Morrison, Philip S. Using SUPERMAP2 for policy analysis. Geographic implications of recent housing reforms. New Zealand Population Review, Vol. 19, No. 1-2, May-Nov 1993. 32-64 pp. Wellington, New Zealand. In Eng.
"SUPERMAP2 is a computer package plus database currently being marketed by Statistics New Zealand. It can be used simply as a way of retrieving census cross-tabulations alone or as a means of turning the contents of cross-tabulations into maps (and graphs)....The aim here is to demonstrate the usefulness of SUPERMAP2 in addressing contemporary policy issues. The example used is the Housing Restructuring Act....SUPERMAP2 is used to depict the highly segmented rental housing market in Wellington and the likely locational decisions which could be made by low-income consumers and private suppliers of low-rent housing within the new policy context."
Correspondence: P. S. Morrison, Victoria University, Department of Geography, P.O. Box 600, Wellington, New Zealand. Location: Princeton University Library (SPR).

60:30805 Taylor, Marcia F. The British household panel study. ESRC Data Archive Bulletin, No. 53, May 1993. 7-10 pp. Colchester, England. In Eng.
"With the release of the first wave, The British Household Panel Survey is now available from the Archive. The article below is intended to provide an overview of the subject coverage of the British Household Panel Survey, give some idea of the analysis potential of the data, and outline the further dissemination plans for the data."
Correspondence: Information Manager, University of Essex, ESRC Data Archive, Wivenhoe Park, Colchester, Essex C04 3SQ, England. Location: Princeton University Library (SPR).

60:30806 United Nations. Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific [ESCAP]. Population Division (Bangkok, Thailand). Information technology for information sharing: population information networking in the 1990s and beyond. Asian Population Studies Series, No. 124, Nov 1993. 184-95 pp. Bangkok, Thailand. In Eng.
"This note examines the current development of information technology, which has and will have a significant impact on information sharing. It portrays future directions of population information networking in the changing population environment and makes recommendations for maximizing the utilization of information." The focus is on computer technology.
Correspondence: UN Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific, Population Division, United Nations Building, Rajdamnern Nok Avenue, Bangkok 10200, Thailand. Location: Princeton University Library (SPR).

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