Significant Sources of
Social Science Data
by Zachary Osborne
Presented to the Librarians at the
Ryerson University Librar...
Presentation Outline
 Canada
 United States
International sources
Sources of Canadian
Data
Statistics Canada
 Census
 CANSIM
This is a geopolitical map of Canada, drawn by User:E Pluribu...
Census of Canada
Census of Canada
Find statistical tables by:
 Topic
 Census Tract (CT) profile
 Community profile
 Federal Electoral D...
CANSIM
CANadian Socio-economic Information Management
“Statistics Canada’s key socio-economic database” (cansim2.statcan.g...
CANSIM
CANadian Socio-economic Information Management
“Statistics Canada’s key socio-economic database” (cansim2.statcan.g...
CANSIM Access Points
1. CHASS (Computing in the
Humanities And Social Sciences)
2. E-Stat (a resource for
educational inst...
UPDATE
FREQUENCY
Daily (as of Jan.
2010)
Annually (June?) Daily (2-4pm)
COST
Free through the
Data Liberation
Initiative (...
Sources of U.S. Data
U.S. Census Bureau
 Census (Population & Housing)
 Economic Census
 American Community Survey
FedS...
U.S. Census Bureau
(census.gov)
 U.S. Census Bureau conducts a number of
surveys of its population and economy
 Three si...
U.S. Census Bureau
(census.gov)
Decennial Census
vs
American Community Survey
“The 2000 Census shows the number of people ...
U.S. Census Bureau
(census.gov)
U.S. Census Bureau
(census.gov)
FedSats (fedstats.gov)
“…provides access to […] statistical information produced by the Federal
Government without having ...
FedSats (fedstats.gov)
Reference question:
“I need to find statistics on
Marijuana use in the States between
2000-2010… li...
FedSats (fedstats.gov)
FedSats (fedstats.gov)
FedSats (fedstats.gov)
International Social Science Data
 OECD iLibrary
 World Bank Data
OECD iLibrary
 Organisation for Economic Co-operation & Development
 Online library of statistical databases, periodical...
OECD iLibrary
OECD iLibrary
OECD iLibrary
World Bank Data
World Bank Data
 Data catalogue includes over 2,000 indicators for most of
the World’s nations
 Data back to 1980
 Down...
World Bank Data
World Bank Data
Summary
 Canada
 Statistics Canada: Census & CANSIM
 United States
 U.S. Census Bureau
 FedStats
 International Sour...
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  • What is StatsCan and what does it do?
    What are the differences between the census and CANSIM?
  • Talk all about CANSIM! WHY IS THIS SIGNIFICANT? *source of socio-economic, multi-dimensional tables, can be outputted into SPSS and SAS, and is most useful for more sophisticated researchers.
    -What is stands for
    -Where is happens (UofT)
    -brief history about CANSIM 1 and CANSIM 2 (???)
    -Why it’s good?
  • -What is stands for
    -Where is happens (UofT)
    -brief history about CANSIM 1 and CANSIM 2 (???)
    -Why it’s good?
  • When choosing which to use, consider what output is required by the user, and what purpose they want the data for.
    Remind users never to pay for Statistics Canada products! It will probably be available through the DLI or on CD-ROM.
  • The united states collects information from citizens in decennial census (every 10 years on the 1990, 2000, 2010), economic census (Every 5 years), and american community survey, every year (sample of the population)
    All three of these surveys can be accessed from the main Census Bureau homepage.
  • The united states collects information from citizens in decennial census (every 10 years on the 1990, 2000, 2010), economic census (Every 5 years), and american community survey, every year (sample of the population)
    All three of these surveys can be accessed from the main Census Bureau homepage.
  • Overall a simplified access point to US statistics if you’re unsure where to begin, or do not know who produces the statistics.
  • Overall a simplified access point to US statistics if you’re unsure where to begin, or do not know who produces the statistics.
  • Overall a simplified access point to US statistics if you’re unsure where to begin, or do not know who produces the statistics.
  • Overall a simplified access point to US statistics if you’re unsure where to begin, or do not know who produces the statistics.
  • Overall a simplified access point to US statistics if you’re unsure where to begin, or do not know who produces the statistics.
  • Significant sources of social science data

    1. 1. Significant Sources of Social Science Data by Zachary Osborne Presented to the Librarians at the Ryerson University Libraries & Archives Friday, November 26, 2010
    2. 2. Presentation Outline  Canada  United States International sources
    3. 3. Sources of Canadian Data Statistics Canada  Census  CANSIM This is a geopolitical map of Canada, drawn by User:E Pluribus Anthony. Source: en:Image:Map Canada political-geo.png
    4. 4. Census of Canada
    5. 5. Census of Canada Find statistical tables by:  Topic  Census Tract (CT) profile  Community profile  Federal Electoral District (FED) profile  and more…  Output options: HTML table, CSV (Comma-Separated Values) files, or TAB (Tab-Separated Values) files
    6. 6. CANSIM CANadian Socio-economic Information Management “Statistics Canada’s key socio-economic database” (cansim2.statcan.gc.ca) Publishes data tables on the following subjects: Aboriginal peoples Agriculture Business performance and ownership Business, consumer and property services Children and youth Construction Crime and justice Culture and leisure Economics accounts Education, training and learning Energy Environment Ethnic diversity and immigration Families, households and housing Government Health Incomes, pensions, spending and wealth Information and communication technology International trade Labour Languages Manufacturing Population and demography Prices and price indexes Retail and wholesale Science and technology Seniors Society and community Transportation Travel and tourism
    7. 7. CANSIM CANadian Socio-economic Information Management “Statistics Canada’s key socio-economic database” (cansim2.statcan.gc.ca) Publishes data tables on the following subjects: Aboriginal peoples Agriculture Business performance and ownership Business, consumer and property services Children and youth Construction Crime and justice Culture and leisure Economics accounts Education, training and learning Energy Environment Ethnic diversity and immigration Families, households and housing Government Health Incomes, pensions, spending and wealth Information and communication technology International trade Labour Languages Manufacturing Population and demography Prices and price indexes Retail and wholesale Science and technology Seniors Society and community Transportation Travel and tourism
    8. 8. CANSIM Access Points 1. CHASS (Computing in the Humanities And Social Sciences) 2. E-Stat (a resource for educational institutions & Depository Service Program (DSP) libraries) 3. Statistics Canada website
    9. 9. UPDATE FREQUENCY Daily (as of Jan. 2010) Annually (June?) Daily (2-4pm) COST Free through the Data Liberation Initiative (DLI) Free to educational institutions and DSP libraries $3/time series or $5000/CD ROM OUTPUT FORMATS CSV, HTML table, bar graph, Beyond 20/20, SPSS, SAS, CSV, HTML table, bar graph, Census map CSV, TAB, SAS, SPSS, XML, Beyond 20/20 INTERFACE CHASS Statistics Canada Statistics Canada IDEAL USER University/College Any educational institution Corporations, Non- profits, Private sector General differences….
    10. 10. Sources of U.S. Data U.S. Census Bureau  Census (Population & Housing)  Economic Census  American Community Survey FedStats  Federal Agencies
    11. 11. U.S. Census Bureau (census.gov)  U.S. Census Bureau conducts a number of surveys of its population and economy  Three significant surveys are:  Decennial Census on population & Housing (every 10 years, i.e. 1990, 2000, 2010)  Economic Census (every 5 years, 1997, 2002, 2007)  American Community Survey (every year)
    12. 12. U.S. Census Bureau (census.gov) Decennial Census vs American Community Survey “The 2000 Census shows the number of people who live in the U.S. and the American Community Survey shows how people live.” (source: census.gov/acs/) The Census is comprehensive American Community Survey is based on estimates
    13. 13. U.S. Census Bureau (census.gov)
    14. 14. U.S. Census Bureau (census.gov)
    15. 15. FedSats (fedstats.gov) “…provides access to […] statistical information produced by the Federal Government without having to know in advance which agency produces which particular statistic.” (Source: wwwfedstats.gov/aboutfedstats.html) Multiple search and browse options available:
    16. 16. FedSats (fedstats.gov) Reference question: “I need to find statistics on Marijuana use in the States between 2000-2010… like, on the demographics of users”
    17. 17. FedSats (fedstats.gov)
    18. 18. FedSats (fedstats.gov)
    19. 19. FedSats (fedstats.gov)
    20. 20. International Social Science Data  OECD iLibrary  World Bank Data
    21. 21. OECD iLibrary  Organisation for Economic Co-operation & Development  Online library of statistical databases, periodicals and e- books  Topics on many social and economic issues (e.g. education, ICTs, macroeconomics, trade, aging society, development, etc.)  Search by database theme or country tables  View or download search results in HTML, XLS, CSV or PDF formats
    22. 22. OECD iLibrary
    23. 23. OECD iLibrary
    24. 24. OECD iLibrary
    25. 25. World Bank Data
    26. 26. World Bank Data  Data catalogue includes over 2,000 indicators for most of the World’s nations  Data back to 1980  Download results as Excel, CSV, XML, or PDF files  View data as tables, graphs, or maps, or download the entire database table to browse that way This source provides a basic method of drawing quick comparisons of international data
    27. 27. World Bank Data
    28. 28. World Bank Data
    29. 29. Summary  Canada  Statistics Canada: Census & CANSIM  United States  U.S. Census Bureau  FedStats  International Sources  OECD iLibrary  World Bank Data
    30. 30. Thank you! Questions?

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