Monthly Archives: January, 2011

Budget Balances (Deficits and Surpluses) for 54 Middle Income Countries From 1976-2007

Budget Balances (Deficits and Surpluses) for 54 Middle Income Countries From 1976-2007 is exactly what it claims to be.

Study of Women’s Health Across the Nation (SWAN), 1996-1997: Baseline Dataset

Study of Women’s Health Across the Nation (SWAN), 1996-1997: Baseline Dataset is now available from the National Archive of Computerized Data on Aging.

The Study of Women’s Health Across the Nation (SWAN), is a multi-site longitudinal, epidemiologic study designed to examine the health of women during their middle years. The study examines the physical, biological, psychological, and social changes during this transitional period. The goal of SWAN’s research is to help scientists, health care providers, and women learn how mid-life experiences affect health and quality of life during aging. The data include questions about doctor visits, medical conditions, medications, treatments, medical procedures, relationships, smoking, and menopause related information such as age at pre-, peri- and post-menopause, self-attitudes, feelings, and common physical problems associated with menopause.

Note this is restricted data, requiring the completion of a user agreement, and is distributed on CD-ROM

National Home and Hospice Care Survey, 2007

National Home and Hospice Care Survey, 2007 (NHCCS) was reintroduced into the field in 2007 after a 7-year break. Data collected on home health patients and hospice discharges, available in medical records, included age, sex, race and ethnicity, services received, length of time since admission, diagnoses, medications taken, advance directives, and many other items. The National Home Health Aide Survey (NHHAS), the first national probability survey of home health aides, was designed to provide national estimates of home health aides employed by agencies that provide home health and/or hospice care. The NHHAS survey instrument included sections on recruitment, training, job history, family life, management and supervision, client relations, organizational commitment and job satisfaction, workplace environment, work-related injuries, and demographics.

Youth, Emotional Energy, and Political Violence: The Cases of Egypt and Saudi Arabia Survey, 2005

Youth, Emotional Energy, and Political Violence: The Cases of Egypt and Saudi Arabia Survey, 2005 is a new study made available through the Terrorism and Preparedness Data Resource Center.

The purpose of the current study was to explore and understand the values, the general opinions, and the sociopolitical and cultural attitudes of youths in Egypt and Saudi Arabia. The researchers conducted face-to-face interviews of youths in six selected cities, three in Egypt and three in Saudi Arabia. The researchers explained to the youths what they were studying and followed by asking them a variety of different social issue questions dealing with religion, marriage, political systems, employment, freedom, and economic development. They also gathered demographic data such as age, education, race, religion, and socio-economic status from those interviewed. The dataset contains a total of 224 variables pertaining to the general opinion of youths in regards to a variety of social issues. Also included are demographic variables.

Dutch Parliamentary Election Study Cumulative Dataset, 1971-2006

Dutch Parliamentary Election Study Cumulative Dataset, 1971-2006 is s a compilation of common core variables included in the Dutch Parliamentary Election Studies of 1971, 1972, 1977, 1981, 1982, 1986, 1989, 1994, 1998, 2002, 2003, and 2006. The major areas of study focus on national problems, political efficacy, perceived stand of the main political parties on important political issues, view of religion in society, satisfaction with government, social participation, voting behavior in recent elections, left-right self-rating, left-right rating of political parties, sense of civic competence, civic political participation, legitimacy of social protest and government reaction, political distrust, and political cynicism. Respondents’ views on other salient political and social issues, such as abortion, nuclear energy, differences in income, and nuclear armaments, were also elicited.

National Longitudinal Study of Adolescent Health (Add Health), new restricted data

The National Longitudinal Study of Adolescent Health (Add Health) has released several new waves of data.

Add Health is a longitudinal study of a nationally representative sample of adolescents in grades 7-12 in the United States during the 1994-1995 school year. The Add Health cohort has been followed into young adulthood with three in-home interviews, the most recent in 2001-2002, when the sample was aged 18-26. Add Health combines longitudinal survey data on respondents’ social, economic, psychological, and physical well-being with contextual data on the family, neighborhood, community, school, friendships, peer groups, and romantic relationships, providing unique opportunities to study how social environments and behaviors in adolescence are linked to health and achievement outcomes in young adulthood.

These are:
1994-2002: Wave III Alcohol Outlet Density
This Add Health data file measures the prevalence of alcohol outlets in respondent communities by reporting the tract-level density of establishments possessing on- and/or off-premise alcohol licenses. Alcohol outlet licensing data was gathered from individual states from September 2006 through June 2007. The physical address and the alcohol license category for each outlet were obtained when available.

1990-2004: Political Context Database
The Add Health Political Context Database provides an array of measures that describe the political environments in which Add Health respondents reside and, thereby, enables researchers to explore the role of certain contextual influences on adolescent and early adult political behaviors.

1994-2002: Medication Files
The files contained in this component of the Add Health restricted data include the type of medication used by participants during Wave IV.

These are restricted use data, and users must complete a restricted use agreement in order to use the data.  The Libraries’ Secure Data Facility can be used to as a secure location to host the data once acquired by the researcher.

National Election Pool General Election Exit Polls, 2008

The National Election Pool General Election Exit Polls, 2008 provide opinions and demographic information on a sample of voters from all 50 states after they voted in the 2008 Presidential election.

R Workshops

R is freely available, open source statistical software that has been widely adopted in the research community.  Due to its open nature,
thousands of add-ons (“packages” in R parlance) are available that handle many specialized functions and implement the latest statistical
techniques.  Ryan Womack, the Data Librarian, will be holding a three-part workshop series, “An Introduction to R”, covering the following topics:

*Getting Around in R:  Basic Commands, Data Import and Manipulation (1st week)
*Statistical Techniques: Descriptive Statistics, Regression, Significance, Finding Additional Packages (2nd week)
*Graphics:  comparison of graphing techniques of basic R, lattice, and ggplot2 packages (3rd week)

Workshops will run for three consecutive weeks at the following times; choose the time that is most convenient for you.
–Mondays 10-11:30 (Jan 24, Jan 31, Feb 7)
–Tuesdays 3-4:30 (Jan 25, Feb 1, Feb 8)
–Fridays 1-2:30 (Jan 28,  Feb 4, Feb 11)

Put another way,
Getting around in R will be covered in the 1st week: Jan 24-28
Statistical Techniques will be covered in the 2nd week: Jan 31-Feb 4
Graphics will be covered in the 3rd week: Feb 7-Feb 11

All workshops will be held in Alexander Library, Room 413 (4th floor of the new wing).

Each workshop is self-contained and will be hands-on with the software.  A beginner would want to attend all three, but if there is one aspect
you want to brush up on, it is fine to attend that single session as well.  All sessions are first come, first served (the lab has 23 PCs).  If you have R on your laptop, feel free to bring it too.  There is no need to register.

Further information on R, including handouts from prior workshops, are available at