Friday, April 15, 2011
[IWS] World Bank: NEW! MICRODATA LIBRARY [15 April 2011]
IWS Documented News Service
Institute for Workplace Studies----------------- Professor Samuel B. Bacharach
School of Industrial & Labor Relations-------- Director, Institute for Workplace Studies
16 East 34th Street, 4th floor---------------------- Stuart Basefsky
New York, NY 10016 -------------------------------Director, IWS News Bureau
NEW! MICRODATA LIBRARY [15 April 2011]
See the CENTRAL MICRODATA CATALOG--
The Central Microdata Catalog is a portal for all datasets held in catalogs maintained by the World Bank and a number of contributing external repositories. As of April 15, 2011, our central catalog contains 378 surveys. Users who wish to go directly to a specific catalog can visit the specific contributing repository through the links below.
The Microdata Library is a service established to facilitate access to microdata that provides information about people living in developing countries, their institutions, their environment, their communities and the operation of their economies.
The Library activities include:
• acquisition of microdata
• detailed documentation of how the data have been collected and compiled
• cataloguing of the information
• preservation of the data
The Library includes datasets that have been produced by and which belong to the World Bank, as well as a substantial number that have been collected and compiled by different international, regional and national agencies.
We use the term microdata to refer to information about specific characteristics of individual people or entities such as households, business enterprises, facilities, farms or even geographical areas such as villages or towns. They may be obtained from statistical sample surveys and censuses, or as a by-product of an administrative process. Microdata are the inputs for quantitative analysis, supporting an in-depth understanding of socio-economic issues by identifying relationships and by estimating interactions between phenomena. Microdata, therefore, provide the basic evidence for designing projects and formulating policies, for targeting interventions and for monitoring and measuring the impacts and results of past actions.
The Library activities include the acquisition of microdata, the detailed documentation of how the data have been collected and compiled, the cataloguing of the information, the preservation of the data, and their dissemination.
The Library includes datasets that have been produced by and which belong to the World Bank, as well as a substantial number that have been collected and compiled by different international, regional and national agencies. Our microdata catalog operates as a portal for microdata documented in compliance with international standards and practices.
This information is provided to subscribers, friends, faculty, students and alumni of the School of Industrial & Labor Relations (ILR). It is a service of the Institute for Workplace Studies (IWS) in New York City. Stuart Basefsky is responsible for the selection of the contents which is intended to keep researchers, companies, workers, and governments aware of the latest information related to ILR disciplines as it becomes available for the purposes of research, understanding and debate. The content does not reflect the opinions or positions of Cornell University, the School of Industrial & Labor Relations, or that of Mr. Basefsky and should not be construed as such. The service is unique in that it provides the original source documentation, via links, behind the news and research of the day. Use of the information provided is unrestricted. However, it is requested that users acknowledge that the information was found via the IWS Documented News Service.
Director, IWS News Bureau
Institute for Workplace Studies
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New York, NY 10016
Telephone: (607) 255-2703
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