Population Research and Policy Review

, Volume 27, Issue 6, pp 639–665

Providing Spatial Data for Secondary Analysis: Issues and Current Practices Relating to Confidentiality

Authors

    • Inter-University Consortium for Political and Social Research, Institute for Social ResearchUniversity of Michigan
  • Kristine Witkowski
    • Inter-University Consortium for Political and Social Research, Institute for Social ResearchUniversity of Michigan
  • Corey Colyer
    • Department of Sociology and AnthropologyWest Virginia University
  • JoAnne McFarland O’Rourke
    • Inter-University Consortium for Political and Social Research, Institute for Social ResearchUniversity of Michigan
  • James McNally
    • Inter-University Consortium for Political and Social Research, Institute for Social ResearchUniversity of Michigan
Article

DOI: 10.1007/s11113-008-9095-4

Cite this article as:
Gutmann, M.P., Witkowski, K., Colyer, C. et al. Popul Res Policy Rev (2008) 27: 639. doi:10.1007/s11113-008-9095-4

Abstract

Spatially explicit data pose a series of opportunities and challenges for all the actors involved in providing data for long-term preservation and secondary analysis—the data producer, the data archive, and the data user. We report on opportunities and challenges for each of the three players, and then turn to a summary of current thinking about how best to prepare, archive, disseminate, and make use of social science data that have spatially explicit identification. The core issue that runs through the paper is the risk of the disclosure of the identity of respondents. If we know where they live, where they work, or where they own property, it is possible to find out who they are. Those involved in collecting, archiving, and using data need to be aware of the risks of disclosure and become familiar with best practices to avoid disclosures that will be harmful to respondents.

Keywords

ArchivesConfidentialityDataDisclosureLocation

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