Financial Characteristics of Cities in the United States, 1905-1930 – September 5, 2018

The following research study is now available in the online archive of the Data and Information Services Center (DISC):

Financial Characteristics of Cities in the United States, 1905-1930 (Christopher Curran, Principal Investigator)

Data was collected in the summer of 1969 from volumes of the following U.S. Bureau of the Census publications: Statistics of Cities Having a Population Over 30,000 and Financial Statistics of Cities Having a Population Over 30,000. Statistics were then compiled in order to describe the pattern of financial transactions in U.S. cities for the period 1905-1930, as part of an examination of regional and population differences.

Variables in this research study include: population, non-government costs, interest charges, public service enterprise payments, general government expenses, protection expenses, health expenses, sanitation expenses, highway expenses, charity, hospital and correction expenses, education expenses, recreation expenses, miscellaneous expenses, general government outlays, health outlays, sanitation outlays, charity, hospital, and correction outlays, education outlays, recreation outlays, miscellaneous outlays, public service enterprise outlays, non-revenue receipts, general property taxes, special taxes, poll taxes, business taxes, special assessments, fines, forfeits, and escheats, subventions and grants, highway privileges, rent revenue, interest revenue, miscellaneous revenues, public service enterprise revenue.

This study was initially deposited at the Data and Program Library Service (which later became DISC) in 1979 by Christopher Curran, an economics professor at Emory University in Atlanta, Georgia. Since then, data files and documentation for the study have been available by request only.

As of September 2018, users are now able to access all study documentation (e.g. codebook, data files) online; a free registration is required in order to download data files. The codebook is available in PDF format. The dataset is available in raw ASCII, Stata, and SPSS file formats, with the corresponding command files and data dictionaries.

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ICPSR Data Fair 2018 – Data: Powered By You

This virtual conference is scheduled for October 1-5. It features over 20 webinars covering topics like data transparency, data activism, sharing data, data in community, and more. Attendees need to register each webinar individually. Data Fair schedule can be found on the event website.
https://www.icpsr.umich.edu/icpsrweb/content/membership/datafair/index.html

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NIH Funding Logevity by Gender

This recent article (http://www.pnas.org/content/early/2018/07/10/1800615115) published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences examined the National Institutes of Health (NIH) research grantees from 1991 to 2010 and found that only 31% of the principal investigators are women in the biomedical sciences. Michael Lauer, Deputy Director for Extramural Research in NIH summarized some findings in his blog.

https://nexus.od.nih.gov/all/2018/09/07/funding-longevity-by-gender-among-nih-supported-investigators/

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Social Science Computing Cooperative Offers Training Classes

The Social Science Computing Cooperative (SSCC) offers classes on statistical packages (R, SAS, Stata, Mplus, and NVivo). Please visit SSCC trainging page, https://ssc.wisc.edu/sscc_jsp/training/index.jsp to learn more about these classes. All SSCC training classes require registration. These are in-person classes. Materials for many classes are available online in the SSCC’s Statistical Computing Knowledge Base, https://ssc.wisc.edu/sscc/pubs/stat.htm.

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– New US Bureau of Labor Statistics Report on Women’s Earnings – August 21, 2018

The US Bureau of Labor Statistics has recently released their annual report on women’s earning – Highlights of Women’s Earnings in 2017 (BLS Report 1075, August 2018, .pdf, HTML, and Excel format, 153p.). The report utilized data from the Current Population Survey (CPS) to estimate the annual earnings of women in the United States. “The weekly and monthly earnings estimates in this report reflect information collect from one-fourth of the households in the monthly survey and averaged for the calendar year.” The full report is available at:

https://www.bls.gov/opub/reports/womens-earnings/2017/home.htm

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Argentine Election of 1946 and Census of 1947: raw and transformed datasets – August 10, 2018

Another research study from Dr. Peter Smith is now available in the online archive at The Data and Information Services Center (DISC):

Argentine Election of 1946 and Census of 1947: raw and transformed datasets (Peter Smith, Principal Investigator)

This study contains election and census data which includes voter participation variables, variables to measure geographical mobility, number of landholdings, hectares in use, number of tenant farmers, predominant rural production, number of employees, salaries and wages. Land tenure data (number of holdings) and type of industrial activity, level of urbanization, and immigration variables are also available.

The study was initially deposited at the Data and Program Library Service (which later became DISC) in September of 1969 by Dr. Peter Smith, a history professor at the University of Wisconsin- Madison during that time. Until 1998, access to the data files and documentation was restricted- users were required to obtain permission directly from Dr. Smith. After 1998, the study was accessible to users by request.

As of August 2018, users are now able to access all study documentation (e.g. codebook, data files, explanatory notes) online; a free registration is required in order to download data files. The codebook is available in PDF format. Data files include both raw and transformed datasets; the transformed dataset contains percentage variables created from the raw data. Datasets are available in raw ASCII, Stata, and SPSS file formats, with the corresponding command files and data dictionaries.

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The Neighborhood Atlas

This online interactive tool allows visitors to rank and map neighborhoods according to socioeconomic disadvantage metrics. Researchers can download data and merged them with other data sources to examine how neighborhood disadvantage impacts health. Neighborhood Atlas updates and expands the Area Deprivation Index (ADI), a measure created by the Health Resources & Services Administration (HRSA) to the Zip+4 zip codes. It presents data on socio-economic factors including poverty, education, housing and employment indicators drawn from US Census data.

https://www.neighborhoodatlas.medicine.wisc.edu/

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Update on Voting Behavior in the Wisconsin State Legislature

Data for 2017-2018 Wisconsin Legislature session has been added to this series. It includes the final floor votes on all bills. This series encompasses the Senates and Assemblies of Wisconsin Legislatures for 1965-1966, 2003-2004, 2005-2006, 2007-2008, 2009-2010, 2011-2012, 2013-2014, 2015-2016, and 2017-2018. The original source of the floor-vote data is the Legislative Reference Bureau of the State of Wisconsin. Legislator background data were coded in close approximation to the “Biographical Directory of the American Congress” (BDAC), 4th and 5th editions.

http://www.disc.wisc.edu/archive/wislegislature/index.html

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Argentine Chamber of Deputies, 1904-1955: Roll Call Voting Records and Member Characteristics – July 17, 2018

The Data and Information Services Center (DISC) recently added the following research study to its online archive:

Argentine Chamber of Deputies, 1904-1955: roll call records and member characteristics (Peter Smith, Principal Investigator)

This study was initially deposited at the Data and Program Library Service (which later became DISC) in April of 1974 by Dr. Peter Smith, a history professor at the University of Wisconsin- Madison during that time. Since then, data files and documentation for the study have been available by request only.

As of July 2018, users are now able to access all study documentation (e.g. codebook, biographical and roll call data files) online; a free registration is required in order to download data files. The codebook is available in PDF format.

The biographical data file contains information on the deputy’s sex, marital status, year and place of birth and death, level of education, occupation, class origin, membership in organizations, and political career. The roll call file contains all the roll calls for every session of the Chamber of Deputies from 1904-1955. Datasets are available in raw ASCII, Stata, and SPSS file formats, with the corresponding command files and data dictionaries.

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New NCHS Report Highlights Fertility Measures From the National Survey of Family Growth (NSFG) – July 11, 2018

– New NCHS Report Highlights Fertility Measures From the National Survey of Family Growth (NSFG) – July 11, 2018

The National Center for Health Statistics (NCHS) has recently released a new report that hightlights new fertility measures derived from the 2011-2015 National Survey of Family Growth (NSFG) data. The report – “Fertility of Men and Women Aged 15–44 in the United States: National Survey of Family Growth, 2011–2015” – presents “presents national estimates of selected fertility measures for both men and women in the United States during 2011–2015.” To view the report, go to:

https://www.cdc.gov/nchs/data/nhsr/nhsr113.pdf

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