October 2007 Archives

Roper Center membership now active

The Roper Center for Public Opinion Research is one of the world's leading archives of social science data, specializing in data from surveys of public opinion. The data held by the Roper Center range from the 1930s, when survey research was in its infancy, to the present. Most of the data are from the United States, but over 50 nations are represented.

Our membership with the Roper Center is now active and ready for use. With the membership, University of Minnesota current students, faculty and staff have access on and off campus to the full suite of Roper content, including iPoll and the Dataset Collection.

For surveys with national adult or major subpopulation samples (such as registered voters, women, or African Americans), iPOLL can be used as the primary finding aid to locate datasets on particular topics or for specific time periods. For state, foreign, and other special samples, the Dataset Collections can be used to locate datasets by keyword (the abstract is searched), date, country, survey organization, survey sponsor, or type of sample. Our membership includes downloads of all files in the Roper Express collection.

Roper also offers the option to do online analysis of selected datasets through the IDEAS: Interactive Data Exploration & Analysis System.

The Topography of Poverty in the United States: A Spatial Analysis Using County-Level Data From the Community Health Status Indicators Project

From the abstract:

"The spatial analytic techniques are broadly applicable to socioeconomic and health-related data and can provide important information about the spatial structure of datasets, which is important for choosing appropriate analysis methods."

Global Patterns of City Size Distributions and Their Fundamental Drivers

Interesting article that uses a combination of census data and geospatial data in support of the argument that "macroscopic patterns of human settlements may be far more constrained by fundamental ecological principles than more fine-scale socioeconomic factors".

National Children's Study

The University of Minnesota has been awarded nearly $14 million dollars over five years to be a lead study center in the National Children's Study to assess the effects of environmental and genetic factors on child and human health in the United States. The study center will manage local participant recruitment and data collection in the largest and most comprehensive study of child and human health ever conducted in the United States.

The University is one of 22 new study centers of the National Children's Study, a collaborative effort between the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (including the National Institute of Child Health and Human Development (NICHD), the National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences at the National Institutes of Health (NIH), the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention), and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency.

For more information about the National Children's Study and a complete list of study centers, visit http://www.nationalchildrensstudy.gov/.

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