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Social Sciences Data and Government Information Feedback Survey, October 2005 [United States] (ICPSR 4375)

Principal Investigator(s): Stieve, Thomas, Brown University. Rockefeller Library; Chu, Edward, Brown University. Rockefeller Library


The purpose of this data collection is to assess the needs of Brown University students, faculty, and staff regarding researching and analyzing numeric and spatial data, and government information (documents) in the social sciences fields, as well as how the social sciences data resources librarian can improve its services in assisting in studies and research. The data were collected via an online survey posted through a listserver to the entire Brown University community. Respondents were asked to give their opinions about learning different statistical packages such as SAS, SPSS, and Stata, as well as Geographic Information Systems (GIS) software. Other questions involved respondents' interest in using different information sources such as government statistics, state information and international information.

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  • Data in this collection are available only to users at ICPSR member institutions. Please log in so we can determine if you are with a member institution and have access to these data files.


DS0:  Study-Level Files
DS1:  Main Data - Download All Files (1.128 MB)
SAS    SPSS    Stata    ASCII    Excel/TSV
ASCII + SAS Setup    SPSS Setup    Stata Setup   
DS2:  Interview Data - Download All Files (0.952 MB)

Study Description


Stieve, Thomas, and Edward Chu. Social Sciences Data and Government Information Feedback Survey, October 2005 [United States]. ICPSR04375-v1. Ann Arbor, MI: Inter-university Consortium for Political and Social Research [distributor], 2007-10-17. https://doi.org/10.3886/ICPSR04375.v1

Persistent URL: https://doi.org/10.3886/ICPSR04375.v1

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Scope of Study

Subject Terms:    information sources, information systems, information use, information users, social science, library services, statistical data

Geographic Coverage:    United States

Time Period:   

  • 2005

Date of Collection:   

  • 2005-10

Unit of Observation:    individual

Universe:    All the faculty, students, and staff members of Brown University

Data Type(s):    survey data

Data Collection Notes:

Part 2, Interview Data, of the study contains all the open-ended questions and responses. Please note that only valid responses have been included in the file.


Data Source:

automatic mailing listserver (LISTSERV)

Extent of Processing:   ICPSR data undergo a confidentiality review and are altered when necessary to limit the risk of disclosure. ICPSR also routinely creates ready-to-go data files along with setups in the major statistical software formats as well as standard codebooks to accompany the data. In addition to these procedures, ICPSR performed the following processing steps for this data collection:

  • Checked for undocumented or out-of-range codes.


Original ICPSR Release:   2007-10-17



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