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LATIN AMERICAN DATA BANK OF THE UNIVERSITY OF FLORIDA
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.
TYPES OF DATA
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
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.
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.