217, Woodruff Library
data and statistics from international, government, and corporate
sources in trade, business, government, demographics, and social
sciences. Offers assistance in areas such as survey design, quantitative
analysis, data management, and statistical analysis.
data collection is open
to Emory community at einstein.library.emory.edu/EDC/
walk-in data and statistical services:
and Wed. 1:00p.m. to 5:00p.m.
and Thurs. 11:00a.m. to 3:00p.m. Mornings, evenings, and Fridays
9:00a.m. to 8:00p.m.
Fri. 9:00a.m. to 5:00p.m.
and by appointment.
Moriarty, Director, 727-6129
Julia Leon, Web Programmer, Teaching & Research, 727-7664
Brian Lai, EDC Specialist, 727-6129
1999 issue of the Academic Exchange for additional technology resources
Academic Exchange October/November
1999 Contents Page
If you use data and quantitative
research, you may want to fill out a Rolodex card for the Electronic
Data Center at Woodruff Library. The facility offers a range
of services and hands-on assistance that only a few research
libraries in the world can match.
Established in 1996, the center acquires data and statistics
from international, government, and corporate sources on trade,
business trends, government activity, and a full range of demographic
information collected by the U.S. Census Bureau and various international
organizations. Rounding out the collection are data sets from
the Inter-university Consortium for Political and Social Research,
the largest social science data archive in the world. The center
also stores a collection of code books for use with the data
The data center is located in Room 217 of the Technology Centers,
next to Reference/ Information in Woodruff Library. The staff,
made up of active researchers (Patrick Moriarty, the center's
coordinator, has a Ph.D.
in political science from Rice University), provides everything
from consulting in survey design and quantitative analysis to
instruction in data management and statistical programming.
When he works with students, "The Data Guy," as Moriarty
is known, will help them identify the right data for their research,
as well as provide counseling to those who still believe that
all data on the Web is created equal. With experienced researchers,
he can discuss various approaches and applications, including
writing command files after the data has been properly identified,
in advance of a scheduled visit.
At one of the center's four public workstations, students and
faculty can access data stored on disk or CD-ROM (tape requires
special assistance). Clients can also receive hands-on help with
the latest statistical and database applications, and mapping
software, including the popular GIS ArcView system. Experienced
faculty, on the other hand, may prefer to have data delivered
to their desktop via the on-line collection over the Internet.
Most of the data collection is free from restrictions and open
for use by members of the Emory community.
The center has on-line access to over three hundred studies,
covering subjects such as crime, urban renewal, health policy,
international relations, political behavior, and economic development.
Popular data sets include cross-national time series, historical
investigations, and clinical studies. Pressed to name a few recent
examples of research at the center, Moriarty describes a study
in the business school that looked at the effect of NAFTA on
job displacement in the U.S. And then there was the public health
study that used the gis software to map out the spread of cold
strains throughout metro Atlanta (FYI the germs were extremely
democratic and not influenced by socio-economic factors).
At present, many of the quantitative studies used by Emory faculty
for teaching and research are available to download from the
Electronic Data Center's Web site. In the future, Moriarty expects
to see the center more involved in archiving campus data by becoming
an active gatherer of data in addition to being a distributor.