ERIC Number: ED213555
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1981-Sep
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Archiving and Disseminating Quantitative Social Research Data on Chicanos.
Torres, Myriam; Arce, Carlos H.
An initial but comprehensive attempt to formally discuss the archiving of Chicano social science data archiving, reveals the range and quality of archivable datasets on Chicanos with a proposed taxonomic scheme for archiving them, and addresses technical and procedural issues and the strategies being adopted to establish a Chicano data archive within the National Chicano Research Network based at the Institute for Social Research of The University of Michigan. Reasons for the usefulness of a Chicano social research data archive are reviewed: economy of financial and human resources, accessibility-availability, improvement of quality of data and materials, secondary data analysis, replication, aggregation of data, and training. Four important types of Chicano surveys are identified: localized surveys using probability sampling, wide area surveys using non-probability sampling (case studies), wide area surveys using probability sampling within purposively selected primary sites (special areas), and regional or national surveys using probability selection in all stages. Three major policy issues for an archive are considered: what to archive, defining users and contact with them, costs and funding strategies. Technical procedures are reviewed: documenting, testing, cleaning, and classifying the datasets. (NEC)
Publication Type: Opinion Papers; Speeches/Meeting Papers
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