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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 Significant sources of social science data Presentation Transcript

  • Significant Sources of Social Science Data by Zachary Osborne Presented to the Librarians at the Ryerson University Libraries & Archives Friday, November 26, 2010
  • Presentation Outline
    • Canada
      • United States
        • International sources
  • Sources of Canadian Data
    • Statistics Canada
    • Census
    • CANSIM
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  • Census of Canada
  • 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
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  • CANSIM CAN adian S ocio-economic I nformation M anagement “ Statistics Canada’s key socio-economic database” (cansim2.statcan.gc.ca) Publishes data tables on the following subjects:
  • CANSIM CAN adian S ocio-economic I nformation M anagement “ Statistics Canada’s key socio-economic database” (cansim2.statcan.gc.ca) Publishes data tables on the following subjects:
  • CANSIM Access Points
    • 1. CHASS ( C omputing in the H umanities A nd S ocial S ciences)
    • 2. E-Stat (a resource for educational institutions & Depository Service Program (DSP) libraries)
    • 3. Statistics Canada website
  • General differences…. Corporations, Non-profits, Private sector Any educational institution University/College IDEAL USER Statistics Canada Statistics Canada CHASS INTERFACE CSV, TAB, SAS, SPSS, XML, Beyond 20/20 CSV, HTML table, bar graph, Census map CSV, HTML table, bar graph, Beyond 20/20, SPSS, SAS, OUTPUT FORMATS $3/time series or $5000/CD ROM Free to educational institutions and DSP libraries Free through the Data Liberation Initiative (DLI) COST Daily (2-4pm) Annually (June?) Daily (as of Jan. 2010) UPDATE FREQUENCY
  • Sources of U.S. Data
    • U.S. Census Bureau
    • Census (Population & Housing)
    • Economic Census
    • American Community Survey
    • FedStats
    • Federal Agencies
  • 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)
  • 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
  • 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 to know in advance which agency produces which particular statistic.”
    • (Source: wwwfedstats.gov/aboutfedstats.html)
    Multiple search and browse options available:
  • 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”
  • 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, 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
  • 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
    • 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
  • World Bank Data
  • World Bank Data
  • Summary
    • Canada
      • Statistics Canada: Census & CANSIM
    • United States
      • U.S. Census Bureau
      • FedStats
    • International Sources
      • OECD iLibrary
      • World Bank Data
  • Thank you! Questions?