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Finding Data: Data on Science, Technology, Computers, Internet - Canada

ACCESS TO THESE DATA FILES ARE RESTRICTED TO CURRENTLY ENROLLED/EMPLOYED MEMBERS OF PRINCETON UNIVERSITY.

  • 'Brain Drain' Debate in the United Kingdom, c.1950-1970
    Qualitative project. Sought to provide an analysis of the 'brain drain' debate of the 1950s and 1960s as a social phenomenon. The term 'brain drain' was adopted in the 1960s in the context of concerns the United Kingdom was losing skilled scientific and engineering personnel to other countries. Although the term is used in a variety of academic, policy and popular discussions about the international mobility of scientists, this project sought to rectify the absence of scholarly literature analyzing the original 'brain drain' debate. Comprised of 19 oral history interviews with scientists and engineers who emigrated to the United States or Canada in the 1950s or 1960s as well as British policymakers involved in any way in the 'brain drain' debate at this time. Also included is the transcript of a 'witness seminar' that brought officials and former emigres together to discuss their recollections. To obtain a free account please register with the UKDA.

  • AUTM licensing survey (1991-2003)
    Survey of U.S. and Canadian universities, hospitals, research institutions and patent management firms. Survey results are reported in a summary report and comprehensive report. The comprehensive report, referred to as the Full Report, contains the Survey Summary and includes tables that present data obtained from individual respondents on an institution-by-institution basis.The CD-ROMs contain survey data for each fiscal year in Microsoft Excel spreadsheets.

  • Canadian Internet Use Survey (2005, 2007, 2009-2010, 2012)
    Measures the extent and scope to which individual Canadians use the Internet. Includes the location of use, the frequency and intensity of use, the specific uses of the Internet from the home, the purchase of products and services (electronic commerce), and other issues related to Internet use (such as concerns over privacy). Supplemented by information on socio-demographic characteristics (e.g., age, income, education) and some geographic detail.

  • CDP's Global Dataset
    Survey on the impacts of climate change and depletion of natural resources, globally. Surveys on emissions and environmental concerns from both city governments and investors. Datasets on emissions, forests, supply chains, and water. Questionnaires can be found online.

  • Excel file for RICE model as of April 26, 2010
    Examines alternative outcomes for emissions, climate change, and damages under different policy scenarios. It uses an updated version of the RICE model (Regional Integrated model of Climate and the Economy). New projections suggest that substantial future warming will occur if no abatement policies are implemented. The model also calculates the path of carbon prices necessary to keep the increase in global mean temperature to 2 degrees C or less in an efficient manner.

  • General Social Survey (Canada)
    Surveys from a sample selected across the 10 provinces. The 2 primary objectives are a) to gather data on social trends in order to monitor changes in the living conditions and wellbeing of Canadians over time; and b) to provide immediate information on specific social policy issues of current or emerging interest. Each survey contains a core topic, focus or exploratory questions and a standard set of socio-demographic questions used for classification. More recent cycles have also included some qualitative questions which explore perceptions. For all cycles except Cycle 16, the population aged 15 and older has been sampled. Cycle 16 only sampled persons aged 45 and older. Until 1998, the sample size was approximately 10,000 persons. This was increased in 1999 to 25,000.
    Cycle 1, Health and social support, 1985.
    Cycle 2, Time use, social mobility and language use, 1986
    Cycle 3, Personal risk, 1988
    Cycle 4, Education, work and retirement, 1989
    Cycle 5, Family and friends, 1990
    Cycle 6, Health, 1991
    Cycle 7, Time use, 1992
    Cycle 8, Personal risk, 1993
    Cycle 9, Education, work and retirement, 1994
    Cycle 10. Family, 1995
    Cycle 11, Social and community support, 1996
    Cycle 12, Time use, 1998
    Cycle 13, Victimization, 1999
    Cycle 14, Access to and use of information communication, 2000
    Cycle 15, Family history, 2001
    Cycle 16, Aging and social support, 2002
    Cycle 17, Social engagement, 2003
    Cycle 18, Victimization, 2004.
    Cycle 19, Time use, 2005.
    Cycle 20, Family Transitions, 2006.
    Cycle 21, Family, Social Support and Retirement, 2007.
    Cycle 22, Social Networks, 2008.
    Cycle 23, Victimization, 2009.
    Cycle 24, Time-Stress and Well-Being, 2010.
    Cycle 25, Families, 2011.
    Cycle 26, Social Support and Aging, 2012
    Cycle 27, Giving, Volunteering, Participating, 2013
    Cycle 28, Victimization, 2014
    Cycle 29, Time Use, 2015

  • Global Digital Activism Data Set, February 2013
    Features coded cases of online digital activism from 151 countries and dependent territories. Several features from each case of digital activism were documented, including the year and month that online action commenced, the estimated age and country of origin of the initiator(s), the geographic scope of their campaign, and whether the action was online only, or also featured offline activities. Researchers were interested in the number and types of software applications that were used by digital activists. Specifically, information was collected on whether software applications were used to circumvent censorship or evade government surveillance, to transfer money or resources, to aid in co-creation by a collaborative group, or for purposes of networking, mobilization, information sharing, or technical violence (destructive/disruptive hacking). The collection illustrates the overall focus of each case of digital activism by defining the cause advanced or defended by the action, the initiator's diagnosis of the problem and its perceived origin, the identification of the targeted audience that the campaign sought to mobilize, as well as the target whose actions the initiators aimed to influence. Finally, each case of digital activism was evaluated in terms of its success or failure in achieving the initiator's objectives, and whether any other positive outcomes were apparent.

  • Households and the Environment Survey (2006-2007, 2009, 2011, 2013, 2015)
    Provides data for Canada, the provinces and census metropolitan areas and includes information on a wide range of topics, including water quality concerns; consumption and conservation of water; energy use and home heating and cooling; pesticide and fertilizer use on lawns and gardens; recycling, composting and waste disposal practices; motor vehicle use. Also provides information on the socio-demographic, income and labor force characteristics of the population.

  • ICT Diffusion and Distribution Dataset, 1990-2007
    Contains 2 types of indicators for the global distribution of information, communication and technology (ICT) resources. Includes gini coefficients for the distribution of Internet access within countries, and a technology diffusion index that weights the distribution of broadband subscribers, personal computers, mobile phones, Internet users, and international Internet bandwidth by economic output.

  • Population Exposure Estimates in Proximity to Nuclear Power Plants, Locations
    Provides a global data set of point locations and attributes describing nuclear power plants and reactors.

  • Researching Environmental Economics at Princeton University
    Guide to environmental economics.

  • Trends in International Mathematics and Science Study (TIMSS) (1995+)
    Provides reliable and timely data on the mathematics and science achievement of U.S. 4th- and 8th-grade students compared to that of students in other countries. Collected in 1995, 1999, 2003, 2007, and 2011. Next round of collection will be in 2015. Also see the NCES Bibliography for literature that has used this data.

  • World Telecommunication/ICT Indicators Database (2016 ed.)
    Contains time series data for 1960, 1965, 1970 and annually from 1975-2015 for around 180 different telecommunication and ICT statistics covering the telecommunication network and ICT uptake, mobile services, quality of service, traffic, staff, tariffs, revenue and investment. Data for over 200 economies are available. For select series more recent data may be available on the ITU website. Also see ITU Historical Statistics with select data from 1849-1967.

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