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FIS2136 - Government information. Date: November 18, 2002 Presenter: Laine G.M. Ruus, Data Library Service, University of Toronto <[email protected]>. Outline. Who collects data about us What kinds of statistics/data do they collect & disseminate

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fis2136 government information

FIS2136 - Government information

Date: November 18, 2002

Presenter:

Laine G.M. Ruus,

Data Library Service,

University of Toronto

<[email protected]>

outline
Outline
  • Who collects data about us
  • What kinds of statistics/data do they collect & disseminate
  • Statistics Canada dissemination models
  • CANSIM
  • Census of population
who collects data about us
Who collects data about us?
  • Private sector
    • Marketing and public opinion companies
    • Banks and credit companies
  • Academic sector
  • Government
    • federal
    • provincial
    • municipal
statistics canada data collection
Statistics Canada data collection:
  • Process-produced data (e.g. births, deaths, marriages, imports, exports, annual data collection instruments, etc.)
  • Sample surveys (e.g. National survey of graduates, NLSCY, etc.)
  • Census of population (100% sample)
    • first conducted in 1666
    • every 10 years 1871-1951
    • every 5 years 1961-2001 (latest)
statistics canada data collection cont d
Statistics Canada data collection (cont’d):
  • Descriptions of Statistics Canada’s data collection activities:

<http://www.statcan.ca/english/sdds/>

what kinds of data and statistics does stc disseminate
What kinds of data and statistics does STC disseminate?

Statistics

  • brief descriptive statistics (e.g. STC Daily)
  • descriptive and analytical publications
  • statistical publications
  • special purpose statistical products
  • metadata and methodological publications
what kinds of data and statistics does stc disseminate cont d
What kinds of data and statistics does STC disseminate? (cont’d)

Data

  • microdata (e.g. public use microdata files)
  • aggregate data (e.g. from census of population)
  • time-series data (e.g. CANSIM)
  • metadata
statistics canada s dissemination models
Statistics Canada’s dissemination models:
  • public access - via WWW - unrestricted
  • - via WWW - fee-based
  • semi-public - via WWW, IP-address controlled
  • academic - subscribing universities only, no STC WWW access
  • super-restricted
public access
Public access
  • Canadian statistics site:

<http://www.statcan.ca/english/Pgdb/>

  • Statistics Canada Daily

<http://www.statcan.ca/english/dai-quo/>

  • selected free publications, at:

<http://www.statcan.ca/cgi-bin/downpub/freepub.cgi>

  • selected Census 1996 and 2001 tables

<http://www12.statcan.ca/english/census01/release/index.cfm>

public access fee based
Public access - fee-based
  • selected small-area Census 1996 and 2001 tables

<http://www12.statcan.ca/english/census01/release/index.cfm>

  • CANSIM II (updated daily)

<http://cansim2.statcan.ca>

  • trade data

<http://www.statcan.ca/trade/scripts/trade_search.cgi>

  • custom tabulations
  • public use microdata files

<http://www.statcan.ca/english/search/ips.htm>

semi public access
Semi-public access

Depository Services Program (DSP)

  • priced publications, print and electronic

<http://dsp-psd.pwgsc.gc.ca/Collection-R/Statcan/index-e.html>

  • E-stat: <http://estat.statcan.ca/>
    • CANSIM II (updated annually)
    • Census of Canada, 2001: selected Profile and Topic-based tabulations

<http://www12.statcan.ca/english/census01/products/standard/themes/index.cfm>

  • selected statistical products
subscribing universities only
Subscribing universities only
  • Data Liberation Initiative (DLI)

<http://www.statcan.ca/english/Dli/contents.htm>

    • CANSIM II (updated weekly)

<http://dc1.chass.utoronto.ca/>

    • Census of Canada, 1986-2001: all Profile and Topic-based tabulations

<http://www.chass.utoronto.ca/datalib/cc01/cc01.htm#agg>

subscribing universities only cont d
Subscribing universities only (cont’d):
  • Census of Canada microdata files

<http://www.chass.utoronto.ca/datalib/major/canpumf.htm>

  • other microdata files, e.g. in education

<http://www.chass.utoronto.ca/datalib/major/educ.htm>

  • selected other statistical products

<http://www.chass.utoronto.ca/datalib/other/findcans.htm>

super restricted access
Super-restricted access:
  • Research Data Centres (RDCs) program

<http://www.statcan.ca/english/rdc/index.htm>

    • longitudinal microdata files (e.g. National longitudinal survey of children and youth (NLSCY))
    • selected master [microdata] files

<http://www.statcan.ca/english/rdc/whatdata.htm>

stc dissemination models summary
STC dissemination models (summary):

public semi academic super- (free) restricted

Daily 

Descriptive/analytic  

Statistical pubs   

Aggregate statistics   

Time-series statistics  

Microdata  

cansim a brief overview
CANSIM - a brief overview
  • Canadian socio-economic information management system
  • begun in late 1960s
  • early 1970s, ca 60,000 time-series
  • by 2001, 800,000 time-series
  • now (12/11/02) 12,973,812 time-series
cansim a brief overview cont d
CANSIM - a brief overview (cont’d)
  • socio-economic time-series data
  • published and unpublished time-series
  • Statistics Canada + other federal government departments
  • selected provincial governments
  • selected U.S. time series
  • selected non-government time-series
cansim a brief overview cont d1
CANSIM - a brief overview (cont’d)
  • Statistics Canada’s interface
    • good for searching series and table titles
    • periodicity conversion
    • selected data and graphic output formats
  • CHASS interface
    • search series or table titles
    • no periodicity conversion
    • limited data and graphic output formats
    • free (to university academic community)
census of population overview
Census of population - overview

Basic rule: detailed geography or detailed subject matter, but never both

census of population main products
Census of population - main products
  • documentation
  • Nation series & Dimensions series: detailed subject matter, less detailed geography
  • Profile files: univariate frequencies, all census variables in one file, general and detailed geog.
  • Basic summary tabulations: detailed geography, less detailed subject matter
  • geographic and geo-reference files
census of population formats
Census of population - formats
  • Pre-1996
    • main products were print
    • selected files in STCs own software (C86, C91, XV)
  • 1996 and on
    • main products are electronic, only selected products are also in print
    • commercial software: Beyond 20/20
    • WWW access to selected files on STC web site
e stat a brief history
E-stat: a brief history
  • early 1990s, concern about numeracy (LSUDA 1989 and IALS 1994)
  • Norwegian Social Science Data Archive (NSD) developed NSDstat for Norwegian high schools
  • E-stat is STC’s attempt to encourage introduction of statistics into high school curriculum
  • first E-stat on cd-rom, ca 1995
  • by 1998, a WWW-application
e stat what s in it
E-stat: what’s in it
  • selected free/priced publications (STC Daily, Canada Yearbook, Canadian social trends, etc.)
  • CANSIM II, updated annually
  • Census profile files from 1986, 1991, 1996 and 2001 census
  • selected cross-tabulations from 1996 & 2001 census
  • selected other WWW-based products, e.g.:
      • Human activity and the environment
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