FSD Bulletin

Issue 17 (2/2005)

ISSN 1795-5262

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FSD Bulletin is the electronic newsletter of the Finnish Social Science Data Archive. The Bulletin provides information and news related to the data archive and social science research.


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In Brief

» FSD's Telephone Numbers Changed
» ESS Second Round Available in September
» Comparative Data from the United States for ESS
» Data on Alcohol Consumption
» Information on American Faith and Religion on the Internet
» Web Resource on North American Jewry
» Data on Russia in the RUSSIA
» Statistics on Scotland's Small Areas

FSD's Telephone Numbers Changed

The telephone numbers of the Finnish Social Science Data Archive changed 30 May 2005, because the number of University telephone exchange was changed. The previous (03) 215 prefix was replaced by (03) 3551. For example, FSD's service numbers have changed as follows:
Old: tel. +358 3 215 8519, fax +358 3 215 8520
New: tel. +358 3 3551 8519, fax +358 3 3551 8520

When calling to the old numbers, the call will be directed automatically to the new number for the time being. (6 June 2005)

FSD's new telephone numbers: see staff and contact information.

ESS Second Round Available in September

Norwegian Social Science Data Services will publish on its ESS Web site a preliminary version of the European Social Survey (ESS) second round in September. It includes most of the countries which participated in the survey. FSD will produce a Finnish data from Finland's survey. It can be ordered for teaching and research purposes under material use conditions set by FSD.

Two multi-national teams were selected to design the rotating modules for the third round. There will be two rotating modules which cover 1) personal and social well-being, satisfaction and happiness and 2) life course and transitions from one life stage to another, social norms regarding life course and capacities of citizens concerning life course planning. Proposal abstracts of the teams.

Comparative Data from the United States for ESS

A national survey is presently underway in the United States. It contains questions from the first round of ESS, especially from the module which covers citizenship, participation and democracy. The survey will allow researchers to investigate the similarities and differences between the US and Europe. It will be available for researchers at the beginning of 2006. Marc Howard, Georgetown University, provides more information on the survey.

Data on Alcohol Consumption

FSD has acquired two series studies charting Finnish attitudes to alcohol. They were carried out by the STAKES Alcohol and Drug Research Group and collected by TNS Gallup Finland. The time period covered is from mid-1990s onwards.

Information on American Faith and Religion on the Internet

American Religion Data Archive (the ARDA) is an Internet based archive that stores and distributes quantitative surveys on American religion. There are tables and charts of over 300 surveys, learning modules and information on denominations available on the site. The ARDA also provides interactive state and US maps of religious congregations, crime and voting behaviour. The data can be downloaded in different formats. It is possible to browse data descriptions and codebooks on the Web. The service also has a FAQ section. The ARDA is located at the Pennsylvania State University and it is funded by a private philanthropic foundation. All services of the ARDA are free of charge.

Web Resource on North American Jewry

North American Jewish Data Bank stores social scientific studies of North American Jewry. Its primary objectives are to acquire, archive and disseminate quantitative data sets and reports and encourage utilisation of the archive through training and information on methods for studying Jewish communities. The archive holds the National Jewish Population Surveys of 1971, 1990 and 2000-01 and over 90 local Jewish community studies. It is a collaborative project of United Jewish Communities, the Center for Judaic Studies and Contemporary Jewish Life, the University of Connecticut and the Roper Center for Public Opinion Research.

Data on Russia in the RUSSIA

University Information System RUSSIA (in English) provides information on Russia for people who represent the field of economics, sociology, political studies, international relations or some other discipline of social and human sciences. It includes statistical data and article databases. The service is free of charge, but requires registration. Most of its contents are in Russian.

Statistics on Scotland's Small Areas

Scottish Neighbourhood Statistics is an on-going programme of the Scottish Executive, the devolved government for Scotland. The site disseminates information on, for example, health, education, poverty, unemployment, housing and crime. Its function is to improve the Scottish Executive's ability to monitor and develop policy at a local level, but researchers probably find it interesting, too.

The Scottish Index of Multiple Deprivation SIMD 2004 is an interactive Web site which allows users to identify the range of deprivation in Scotland. The country is divided into data zones (approximately 750 persons) which are then ranked from the most deprived to the least deprived. The primary target group of this service is also administration and local authorities, but there is useful information for researchers as well.