DPLS News, April 2003

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DPLS News contains articles about local, national, and international data issues.
It is published twice a semester by the library staff.

Editor: Joanne Juhnke, Associate Special Librarian
Contributors: Lu Chou, Senior Special Librarian, & Cindy Severt, Senior Special Librarian


April 2003


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The State of the Arts in the U.S.
New Studies at DPLS
NLSY97 Summer Workshop
BLS Using NAICS for CES
Mass Layoff Statistics Funding Restored
Presenting: DPLS Librarians!
Staff News
WDI Online
NES 2002 Advance Release

Internet Corner

Center for Spatially Integrated Social Science (CSISS)
Daily Fuel Gauge Report
Economic Statistics and Research - Small Business
MoneyTree Survey



The State of the Arts in the U.S.

Cartoon of four people applaudingThe Princeton University Library and Princeton University’s Center for Arts and Cultural Policy Studies issued a press release April 2, 2003 announcing the official launch of CPANDA (Cultural Policy & the Arts National Data Archive), the first fully interactive, Web-accessible digital archive of policy-relevant data on culture and the arts. The CPANDA initiative is designed to help policymakers, journalists, scholars and others gain easy access both to current research findings and to previously hard-to-find data on the arts, including public opinion on the arts, city-specific data, and recently released statistics. The archive is online at http://www.cpanda.org.

“CPANDA fills a major gap in arts and cultural policy decision-making in the United States,” said Stanley N. Katz, director of Princeton’s Center for Arts and Cultural Policy Studies. “U.S. policymakers, journalists and others have not had access, until now, to a central resource of statistics and studies about the arts and culture. CPANDA is an example of the arts community -- and the foundations that support it -- doing for itself what the government has been unable to do: collecting and making available a wide-ranging set of data about the health, status and organization of the nation’s cultural life.”

CPANDA is comprised of four major components:

  1. The searchable data archive, which is the core of the CPANDA Web site and contains a rich collection of numeric datasets on the arts and culture, together with documentation and associated reports. The archive includes data-sets such as Brooklyn Museum Art Controversy Survey (1999); Survey of Public Participation in the Arts (1982-1997); Classical Music Consumer Segmentation Study (2001), and more.

    CPANDA’s data sets can be analyzed online using the Survey Documentation & Analysis (SDA) programs developed by the University of California, Berkeley. The SDA programs perform statistical analysis of data, including crosstabulation, comparison of means, comparison of correlations, and multiple regression.
  2. Quick facts about the arts, including basic statistics about the scope and dimension of the arts and cultural sector culled from surveys conducted by nonprofit organizations, academic researchers, and government agencies.
  3. Research guides, which summarize information currently available in various research areas and include directories of relevant data sets available in the CPANDA archive and elsewhere.
  4. Other resources, such as topically arranged links to Web resources for cultural policy and the arts and key U.S. and international arts organizations.

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New Studies at DPLS

National household sample survey, 2001 [Brazil]: public use file. This is the 2001 data from the Pesquisa Nacional por Amostra de Domicilios (PNAD), a Brazilian nationwide sample containing both household and person-level data. Data includes type of dwelling and dwelling facilities; head of household employment information, income and occupation; and extensive information on children in the household. Documentation is in Portuguese. This study adds to DPLS’ already extensive collection of PNAD data going back to 1973.

Voter News Service (VNS): 2000 Election Day Exit Polls. The Voter News Service, a collaboration of major news organizations, conducted these exit polls on November 7, 2000 with state samples for the 50 states plus the District of Columbia, as well as a national sample. In addition to questions of party affiliation and votes cast, the surveys varied by state and included issues specific to the states.

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NLSY97 Summer Workshop

The National Longitudinal Surveys of Youth, 1997 Cohort (NLSY97) will host a summer workshop on the survey data and its uses, July 21-24, 2003 in Columbus, Ohio. The workshop is designed for advanced-level graduate students and recent Ph.D. recipients in the social sciences. Further information is available online at http://www.bls.gov/nls/userconference/summer2003.htm.

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BLS Using NAICS for CES

The Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) is in the process of converting major data series from the outdated Standard Industrial Classification (SIC) to the new North American Industry Classification System (NAICS). Starting with the release of May 2003 data on June 6, the Current Employment Statistics (CES) will be reported using the NAICS categories. Though one commentator described the SIC to NAICS conversion as “the mother of all series breaks,” BLS plans to ease the transition by reporting historical CES data - from 1990 onward - in the new NAICS categories as well. BLS data series already using NAICS include Mass Layoff Statistics and Covered Employment & Wages.

While the SIC focused on what was produced, the NAICS focuses on how products and services are created. The new scheme makes room for the ever-expanding service sector, where the SIC was originally created around the manufacturing economy of the 1930s. The NAICS was also a collaborative effort between the U.S., Canada, and Mexico, and will make cross-border industry comparisons easier. More information about the SIC/NAICS conversion can be found at http://www.bls.gov/sae/saenaics.htm.

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Mass Layoff Statistics Funding Restored

The February issue of DPLS News noted that the funding for the Mass Layoff Statistics program, administered by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), had been discontinued due to lack of funding. That funding has now been restored, in the Omnibus Appropriations Bill for FY 2003, signed by President Bush on February 20. The BLS intends to continue both the monthly and quarterly mass layoff statistics time series from the point of interruption. Mass Layoff Statistics are available at the BLS web site at http://www.bls.gov/mls/home.htm.

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Presenting: DPLS Librarians!

Spring 2003 has turned out to be prime time for DPLS librarians and professional presentations.

Lu Chou presented a session at the Wisconsin Association of Academic Librarians (WAAL) conference in Milwaukee on April 2. Her presentation, “Enhancing the Library Web Site with a Relational Database,” shared the experience of reinventing the Internet Crossroads in Social Science Data on the DPLS web site. The presentation covered models, planning, and implementation, in order to provide an example for other libraries with an interest in similar projects. Her PowerPoint presentation is available at http://dpls.dacc.wisc.edu/pubs/waal2003.htm.

DPLS will also be represented at the International Association of Social Science Information Service and Technology (IASSIST) 2003 conference in Ottawa on May 28, when Cindy Severt presents “Licensed to Bill: Single Fare vs. Bus Pass.” She will ride the bus-fare analogy to examine issues involved in the licensing of data products, from single-use formats to multi-use CDs to unlimited online subscriptions.

Cindy will also be returning from IASSIST 2003 with plans and ideas for IASSIST 2004, which DPLS will be hosting next May. Stay tuned!

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Staff News

Please join us in welcoming the newest member of the DPLS staff, Paul Bialecki, Network Administrator. Paul comes to DPLS from the U.S. Department of State, where he held various computer system and network positions, both overseas and in the United States. This new 50% Network Administrator position is shared between DPLS and the Social Science Microcomputing Lab. So, whether you see Paul in the library or the lab, be sure to take a moment to say hello!

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WDI Online

Under the auspices of the General Library System, UW-Madison has now subscribed to World Development Indicators via the web. The online version is available from any campus computer at http://devdata.worldbank.org/dataonline/, or through the library proxy server for campus users with an outside ISP (http://www.library.wisc.edu/, under “Reference: Encyclopedias, Dictionaries, and more”).

World Development Indicators contains time-series data for more than 550 development indicators, some as far back as 1960, for more than 200 countries and 18 country groups. Data includes social, economic, financial, natural resources, and environmental indicators. Various options for exporting the data (including Excel) are available. The interface, while predictably different from the CD-ROM version, operates by straightforward menu selections. Note: The 2002 WDI CD-ROM is still available for use at DPLS workstations.

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NES 2002 Advance Release

An Advance Release of the National Election Studies (NES) 2002 dataset is now available for download from the NES web site. In order to achieve timeliness, Advance Releases lack some of the processing, documentation, and variables that are usual to the Full Release of a dataset. In NES 2002, for instance, weights will not be available until the Full Release. Those who work with the Advance Release are advised to set up their programming to be able to check their results with the Full Release of the dataset when it becomes available.

The NES web site is located at http://www.umich.edu/~nes/. On the main page, choose “Download Data and Codebooks for Free” from the left column; then register, and look under “Time-Series Studies.”

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Internet Corner

Center for Spatially Integrated Social Science (CSISS)

The CSISS, funded by the National Science Foundation, operates out of the Department of Geography at the University of California. Their goal is to integrate spatial concepts into the theories and practices of the social sciences, focusing on the importance of space, location, and place in social science research. CSISS “off-line” offerings include specialist meetings and summer workshops, while the online features on the web site include learning tools for GIS and social sciences, as well as a search engine and annotated links to spatial tools elsewhere on the web. In development is a data search engine intended for searching across social science data archives.

Visit the CSISS site at http://www.csiss.org/.

Daily Fuel Gauge Report

For those who are keeping tabs via the gas pump on how current events are affecting the U.S., the AAA Daily Fuel Gauge Report lets you compare prices nationwide. Surveying over 60,000 self-serve gasoline stations daily, this site tracks retail fuel prices down to the metro-area level. For each metro area, an HTML table reports the price of unleaded regular, mid, premium, and diesel for the current day, previous day, a month ago, and a year ago. National averages and state-by-state averages are available as well, with a line chart tracking the past year of prices.

The Daily Fuel Gauge Report is available at http://www.fuelgaugereport.com/.

Economic Statistics and Research - Small Business

For downloadable data on small businesses, pay a visit to the Small Business Administration's Office of Advocacy web site. Excel-format files are available for the following: Firm size data by location and industry, 1990-2000; Small business economic indicators for 2001; Characteristics of small business owners and employers, 1992 & 1996; Small business growth by major industry, 1984-1995; and, Federal procurement by small firms. The site also offers reports in PDF, such as several years’ worth of The State of Small Business: A Report of the President, as well as links to small-business statistics on other sites.

The Economic Statistics and Research page of the U.S. Small Business Administration’s Office of Advocacy can be found at http://www.sba.gov/advo/stats/.

MoneyTree Survey

The MoneyTree Survey is a joint project of PriceWaterhouseCoopers, Venture Economics, and the National Venture Capital Association. It entails a quarterly study of venture capital investment activity in the United States. The MoneyTree Survey measures cash-for-equity investments by the professional venture capital community in private emerging companies, from 1995 to the present. Data can be broken down by region, state, industry, stage of development, and financing sequence. Breakdown by company requires the user to register with the site. Results can be viewed in HTML tables or downloaded as CSV files.

The MoneyTree Survey can be found online at http://www.pwcmoneytree.com/moneytree/index.jsp.

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