Thursday, March 19, 2020

New Scholars Portal Datasets

Dalhousie University Libraries has recently made three datasets available via Scholars Portal Dataverse:

1. 2016 Census of Population ADA and DA PDF maps for Nova Scotia counties. The ADA reference maps were available for the first time with the 2016 Census via the Statistics Canada website. According to the Statistics Canada website, DA reference maps were not produced for the 2016 census. However, we were provided with Nova Scotia DA reference maps after we contacted the agency. These datasets have both ADA and DA PDF maps for Nova Scotia counties, with a readme file for corresponding DA to ADA:

2. Crime Severity Index values ranking for communities with population over 10000 (2009-2018). The principal behind the Crime Severity Index (CSI) was to measure the seriousness of crime reported to the police year to year by Statistics Canada. Data for Crime Severity Index for population over 10000 (CSI_over10000) was first published by Statistics Canada in 2009. However, CSI_over10000 data is not publicly available from Statistics Canada website. This dataset will be kept up-to-date as new tables are released:

3. Fisherman’s Work Survey (1982). This is a Southwestern Nova Scotian fisheries labour survey conducted by Dalhousie researchers. This dataset contains the Nova Scotia Fisherman’s Work survey data in SPSS (sav) and text (csv) format, coding of the variables, and selected literature. The survey data has 150 variables and 597 observations:

Hopefully, these data will be useful for researchers at your institutions. The first two Statistics Canada datasets are licensed under the Statistics Canada Open License. The Fisherman’s Work Survey data is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike 4.0 International License. The published article for “Work Satisfaction and Community Attachment among Fishermen in SW NS” is not licensed under CC BY-SA 4.0, but is still openly available via Dataverse.