Brochure for the Latin American Data Bank of the University of Florida


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Brochure for the Latin American Data Bank of the University of Florida
Physical Description:
University of Florida Latin American Data Bank
University of Florida Latin American Data Bank
Place of Publication:
Gainesville, FL
Publication Date:


Subjects / Keywords:
Latin American Data Bank ( LADB )

Record Information

Source Institution:
University of Florida
Holding Location:
University of Florida
Rights Management:
All rights reserved by the source institution.
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The Latin American Data Bank is an interdisciplinary social science data

archive concerned with maintaining in machine-readable form social, economic

and political data from Latin America. The Latin American Data Bank (LADB) has

two major acquisition priorities. The first of these is the recovery of machine-

readable data of historical significance that if not recovered, would be lost

or destroyed. The second priority is the transformation of quantitative data

to machine readable form. The LADB has pursued these goals by concentrating

on the recovery of individual records of census data files; and by acquiring

and coding election data. An inventory of data sets is available on request.

The LADB cooperates with the Centro Latin Americano de Demografia (CELADE)

at Santiago, Chile, the Council of Social Science Data Archives, U.S.A., and

the Standing Committee on Data Archives of the international Social Science

Council. The staff of LADB has also been in contact with the Caribbean Data

Bank Group, Technical Committee; and the Working Committee on Data Archives

of the Latin American Social Science Council.

Continuing programs of LADB include the historical data recovery function

and the acquisition of election returns from several countries. Coding of

recent economic time series and of historical economic data will begin during

1970. The creation of a data file on elites in Brazil is now in the data

collection stage. LADB has not been active in the acquisition of small sample

survey data files, but will begin to archive such files as sets are available

by individual scholars.


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LADB maintains four categories of data files:

Type A: Large data sets, mainly individual census records, recovered

through the Data Bank's acquisition program from government bureaus in Latin

America. The average data set contains about 200,000 records. Type A data

files are regarded as constituting a primary data base and will be released

to users only under special conditions.

Type B: Much smaller data sets that have been generated by LADB from a

variety of sources, e.g., official records and documents, yearbooks, field

surveys and other sources. Coding and formats have been designed to conform

to a generalscheme, thereby allowing for code and format comparability across

data sets.

Type C: Data sub-files generated by the Data Bank from Type A data files.

Codes, formats, size of sample, etc., are determined by the user's needs and


Type D: Small data files in machine-readable form acquired from suppliers

in Latin America. The codes and formats of these data sets have been determined

by the supplying agencies.


The Data Bank is primarily constituted to serve the interests of users of

the University of Florida. Priority is given to faculty and graduate students.

On a limited priority basis the Data Bank will service the requests of users

affiliated with other North American universities. LADB is particularly inte-

rested in encouraging and facilitating use by Latin American scholars.

1. 'Latin American Users. Individual scholars affiliated with Latin

American academic institutions are encouraged to write the Data Bank Director

for various data sets or to negotiate an arrangement whereby they, their

colleagues, or students may have access to the holdings of LADB.

2. Users in the U.S.A., Canada and Europe. Types B, C, and D data files

are available at cost for diffusion to scholars affiliated with academic

institutions. Type A data files are only available under the special arrange-

ment outlined below. Under no circumstances will LADB service requests from

non-academic users, national or foreign, commercial or governmental. All

users will agree neither to re-diffuse LADB data sets, nor to contract with

third parties for their use or exploitation.

While complete Type A data files are not available for diffusion, LADB

will generate data sub-sets from Type A files according to the specifications

of the user. The data management capability of LADE will permit the generation

of marginals, certain cross tabulations, and small samples at reasonable cost

to the user. Data sets so generated are listed on the file inventory as Type C

data sets, and are available at cost. LADB prefers users who have designed

specific research proposals requiring the generation of data sub-sets from

Type A files.

Estimates of diffusion costs for Types B, C, D, and Type A sub-sets will

furnished on request by the Data Bank Director. Diffusion costs include charges

for the following services:

a) Programming and computer time for the generation of a data set.

b) Computer time for the duplication of a data set.

c) Print-out costs of general dictionaries and codebooks.

d) Duplication of documents, specifications, questionnaires, etc.

e) Tape or cards stock.

f) Mailing.

g) Service charge, dependent upon the nature of the request ($10.00

LADB generates and duplicates data for users on an IBM 360/65 or an IBM

1401 computer. Users should specify cards or tape. Tapes can be of 7 or 9

track mode, at 800 BPI.

3. Diffusion of Type A Data Files on a Subscription Basis. Although

Type A data files in their complete form are not available to American, European,

or Canadian users on the same basis as Types B, C, and D data, the Director of

the Data Bank and the Latin American Data Bank Policy Committee will negotiate

with other academic institutions for the diffusion of Type A data files on a

subscription basis. For a subscription fee of $5,000.00 per year, LADB will

release up to 500,000 card images per year on a minimum three-year contract.

The fees paid by subscribers will be used to cover the cost of reproducing the

Type A data files, duplicating relevant documentation, and mailing. The largest

percentage of the gross subscription fee will be devoted to the expansion of the

Data Bank's holdings.




Prospective users should write the Data Bank Director for a copy of the

File inventory and/or information regarding the subscription service outlined

above. Address all correspondence to: Professor Kurt Kent, LATIN AMERICAN -

DATA BANK, Room 471 Graduate School and International Studies Building, Uni-

versity of Florida, Gainesville, Florida 32601.