Derek Gordon Databank
The mandate of the Data Bank is to acquire raw numerical data from the Caribbean region, to facilitate social policy analysis. In addition the Data Bank provides an archival function because, in the past, much data from the Caribbean have been lost through poor archival practices. Although small, the Data Bank is proud of its collection of datasets, especially from Jamaica. Most of the datasets are from government agencies but the Databank also welcomes datasets from other organizations/researchers.
Production of Datasets
The Databank receives datasets in a variety of formats. We convert all datasets to SPSS format, label the datasets and carry out consistency checks before distributing the data. Although we store the datasets in SPSS we can make the data available in other software formats.
We currently use ISHN Microdata Management Toolkit for all online documentation of the datasets - Jamaica and Other Caribbean territories.
Distribution of Datasets
The Databank is authorized to distribute unrestricted datasets for academic research. However, we require that:
we receive an abstract or a detailed description of any research project that will be using the data;
all users sign an application form;
any payments required are made before datasets are processed;
the user provides the Databank with at least one copy of any publication, paper or report produced based on the dataset;
the user informs the Databank of any errors in the dataset;
the user does not pass the dataset to other researchers without written permission from the databank;
the user cites the dataset in all reports emanating from use of the dataset (See citation requirements under the description of each dataset).
Depositing a Dataset
Depositing a dataset has a number of benefits to the depositor including publicizing his/her work and long term preservation of the data. Guidelines are available for depositors. Also, a Data Deposit Form should be completed but the Databank will work with potential depositors to obtain the required information.
For further information please contact the Databank
Last updated October 10, 2012