Projects

U.S. Survey Data:
Question-level Retrieval

Data Independence provides organizations with research tools to help manage content from surveys and other forms of data collections. Much of our experience has come from developing services while previously employed at the Roper Center.

    The iPOLL database, a current Roper Center service, was engineered by Marc Maynard to store thousands of questions posed to U.S. adults nationwide in the form of public opinion surveys. The key capability of the search function is to locate specific questions and responses on any topic of interest using keywords within the question text, topics, dates, survey firm and sponsor. More...

International Data Search

Pew Research Center's Global Attitudes & Trends supported the development and extension of the Roper Center's question level retrieval work to more fully accommodate trends, geography and sample variations. Data Independence staff, while at Roper, led this effort, gathering user requirements, translating this into consistent data structures, then extracting, transforming and importing full study data and metadata to ultimately provide a searchable public interface access to Global Attitudes studies. More...

 

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Reprocessing & Reformatting

Data rescue and recovery efforts can result in the exposure of great hidden value within your organization. Identifying, recovering and processing data for future use can have both technical obstacles as well as documentation and usability challenges. In a purely technical sense, reprocessing of data files in many cases is a straightforward bit-for-bit conversion, but this ignores the potential complexities of making the data fully usable across your organization.

    Data Independence staff has experience with numerous data recovery and reprocessing efforts, ranging from straight format migrations to rearranging of complex data, to reconstituting the data and documentation for severely “at-risk” datasets.

    One example is from an election survey conducted in Boulder, Colorado in 1942 by the National Opinion Research Center, then at the University of Denver. Information about the study included a cryptic title, two binary datasets, and two similar questionnaires. More...

    Another example is a 1955 survey titled, "Attitudes, Information, and Customary Behavior in Health Matters Survey" conducted for Health Information Foundation and the American Cancer Society.  The study had been maintained in original format: some 30 boxes of punch cards, and was heroically stored in a temperature-controlled warehouse facility in Chicago. More...


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Data Independence is not affiliated with the Roper Center or its products and services.