IPUMS-international high precision population census microdata samples: Balancing the privacy-quality tradeoff by means of restricted access extracts

Robert E McCaa, Steven Ruggles, Michael Davern, Tami C Swenson, Krishna Mohan Palipudi

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Abstract

A breakthrough in the tradeoff between privacy and data quality has been achieved for restricted access to population census microdata samples. The IPUMS-International website, as of June 2006, offers integrated microdata for 47 censuses, totaling more than 140 million person records, with 13 countries represented. Over the next four years, the global collaboratory led by the Minnesota Population Center, with major funding by the United States National Science Foundation and the National Institutes of Health, will disseminate samples for more than 100 additional censuses. The statistical authorities of more than 50 countries have already entrusted microdata to the project under a uniform memorandum of understanding which permits researchers to obtain custom extracts without charge and to analyze the microdata using their own hardware and software. This paper describes the disclosure control methods used by the IPUMS initiative to protect privacy and to provide access to high precision census microdata samples.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationPrivacy in Statistical Databases - CENEX-SDC Project International Conference, PSD 2006, Proceedings
EditorsLuisa Franconi, Josep Domingo-Ferrer
PublisherSpringer- Verlag
Pages375-382
Number of pages8
ISBN (Print)9783540493303
StatePublished - Jan 1 2006
EventCENEX-SDC Project of International Conference on Privacy in Statistical Databases, PSD2006 - Rome, Italy
Duration: Dec 13 2006Dec 15 2006

Publication series

NameLecture Notes in Computer Science (including subseries Lecture Notes in Artificial Intelligence and Lecture Notes in Bioinformatics)
Volume4302
ISSN (Print)0302-9743
ISSN (Electronic)1611-3349

Other

OtherCENEX-SDC Project of International Conference on Privacy in Statistical Databases, PSD2006
CountryItaly
CityRome
Period12/13/0612/15/06

Keywords

  • Census microdata samples
  • Data privacy
  • Data quality
  • IPUMSInternational

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