Title: The Latin American Electronic Data Archive (LAEDA)
LAEDA: http://lanic.utexas.edu/laeda/
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Title: The Latin American Electronic Data Archive (LAEDA)
Physical Description: Archival
Language: English
Spanish
Creator: Latin American Network Information Center, University of Texas at Austin
Publisher: Latin American Network Information Center, University of Texas at Austin
Place of Publication: Austin, Texas
Publication Date: 2009-
Copyright Date: 2009
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Abstract: The LAEDA project seeks to collect, preserve, and provide access to data sets relevant to Latin American research, policy analysis, and teaching. The focus of the collection is on electoral data, household surveys, and data relevant to public policy evaluation.
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Source Institution: University of Florida
Holding Location: University of Florida
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The Latin American Electronic Data Archive (LAEDA) project was launched in October, 2009,
under a four year grant from the U.S. Department of Education's Technological Innovation and
Cooperation for Foreign Information Access (TICFIA) grant program. The TICFIA program
provides grants to develop innovative techniques or programs that address national teaching and
research needs in international education and foreign languages by using technology to access,
collect, organize, preserve, and widely disseminate information on world regions and countries
other than the United States.

The LAEDA project seeks to collect, preserve, and provide access to data sets relevant to Latin
American research, policy analysis, and teaching. The focus ofthe collection is on electoral data,
household surveys, and data relevant to public policy evaluation.

In February, 2010, the LAEDA Working Group met to establish a LAEDA Collection
Development Policy and a Data Distribution Policy, as well as to discuss preservation and
intellectual property rights issues and the structure of the LAEDA Advisory Board.

LAEDA staff is currently engaged in the following activities:
Initial collection and processing of electoral data sets
Development ofback end data archive infrastructure and user interface
Identifying members for a LAEDA Advisory Board
Establishing a set of data archive policies
If you have comments or suggestions regarding LAEDA, please don't hesitate to contact us.

About LAEDA

The amount of statistical data produced in Latin America has mushroomed in recent years. Many
government agencies, such as census bureaus, national statistics agencies, development
ministries, and electoral institutes, now make a significant amount of this data available on the
Web or on CD-ROM. A variety of international institutions, private firms, scholars, and
nongovernmental organizations also collect and disseminate a range of statistical data, from
surveys of public opinion to social development indicators. Unfortunately access to this data by
researchers has been limited as the availability of electronic data sets from Latin America tends
to be incomplete and short-lived.

The development of a Latin American Electronic Data Archive (LAEDA) will address
methodologies and usage requirements to collect and preserve data sets while facilitating
increased accessibility and functionality ofthese materials. The goal of LAEDA is to acquire and
preserve data sets relevant to Latin American research and policy development and to make
available via a user-friendly Web interface the microdata files for data extraction and analysis.










LAEDA will seek to collect the electronic data sets held by individual researchers as well as
originating public or private institutions in Latin America. The initial focus of LAEDA will be
on electoral data, household survey microdata, and data relevant to social policy evaluation.
LAEDA will serve scholars, students, and policy makers to enhance research and policy
development.

LAEDA is a joint project of LANIC with the Teresa Lozano Long Institute of Latin American
Studies at the University of Texas at Austin (UT) and the University of Texas Libraries. Faculty
researchers participating in the project from the University of Texas are Ral Madrid,
Department of Government, Bryan Roberts and Leticia Marteleto, Department of Sociology, and
Tom Mustillo, Department of Political Science at Indiana University-Purdue University
Indianapolis. Our institutional partner is the Secretara de Educacin Pblica de Mxico (SEP).

LAEDA will focus on three core activities involved in building and maintaining a data archive
for microdata: data acquisition, preservation, and distribution. Project design will encompass
acquisition, preservation, documentation and metadata, removal of personal identifiers, and
access and distribution. LAEDA will work with both individual researchers and a national
institution to develop methodologies for acquisition and delivery that are compatible with access
to data sets under IRB policies and documentation requirements that address the responsibilities
of both creators and users of digital research data. LANIC will develop the backed architecture
and user interface for delivery services and the University of Texas Digital Repository will
provide management of the research data for storage and long-term preservation. A central
repository for data sets on Latin America will provide added granularity and depth of research
materials. The ability to download and manipulate original data for analysis will allow scholars
and students to reframe research questions and carry out quantitative as well as qualitative
analysis. The objective of building a comprehensive collection over time will contribute to
comparative and historical research. Use of LAEDA by scholars, researchers, policy makers, and
students has the potential to contribute to more informed social development policies and
actions.

Mission Statement

The mission of the Latin American Electronic Data Archive is to collect, preserve, and provide
access to data sets relevant to Latin American research, policy analysis, and teaching. The focus
of the collection is on electoral data, household surveys, and data relevant to public policy
evaluation.

LAEDA Working Group

Block, David: Latin American Studies Bibliographer, University of Texas Libraries.
Hale, Charles: Director, Teresa Lozano Long Institute of Latin American Studies
(LLILAS), University of Texas Austin
Lin, Ning: Director, Latin American Network Information Center (LANIC), University
of Texas Austin
Madrid, Ral: Associate Professor, Department of Government, University of Texas -
Austin










Marteleto, Leticia: Assistant Professor, Department of Sociology and Faculty Research
Associate of the Population Research Center, University of Texas Austin
McFarland, Mark: Associate Director for Digital Initiatives, University of Texas
Libraries
Morales, Javier Surez: Coordinador Nacional del Programa Nacional de Becas para la
Educacin Superior de la Secretara de Educacin Pblica, Mxico
Mustillo, Thomas: Assistant Professor, Department of Political Science, Indiana
University Purdue University Indianapolis
Norsworthy, Kent: Content Director, Latin American Network Information Center
(LANIC), University of Texas Austin
Palaima, Carolyn: Project Director, Latin American Network Information Center
(LANIC), University of Texas Austin
Roberts, Bryan: Professor, Department of Sociology and C. B. Smith Sr. Centennial
Chair in United States-Mexico Relations, University of Texas Austin

Resources
Data Archives
Links to data archive exemplars, covering areas such as elections, census data, social
science data, etc.
Latin American Electoral Data
Directory containing links, organized by country, to sites containing electoral data,
including the official electoral tribunal, individual collections of electoral data, and
several Web archived sources.


Contact LAEDA

Carloyn Palaima: Project Director, Latin American Network Information Center (LANIC),
University of Texas Austin

Phone: 512.232.2408
Email: c.palaima@austin.utexas.edu

Mailing Address:
Latin American Network Information Center LANIC
Teresa Lozano Long Institute of Latin American Studies
1 University Station D0800
Austin, Texas 78712

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