Seeking explanation in theory: Reflections on the social practices of organizations that distribute public use microdata files for research purposes

Persistent Link:
http://hdl.handle.net/10150/106320
Title:
Seeking explanation in theory: Reflections on the social practices of organizations that distribute public use microdata files for research purposes
Author:
Robbin, Alice; Koball, Heather
Citation:
Seeking explanation in theory: Reflections on the social practices of organizations that distribute public use microdata files for research purposes 2001-11, 52(13):1169-1189 Journal of the American Society for Information Science
Journal:
Journal of the American Society for Information Science
Issue Date:
Nov-2001
URI:
http://hdl.handle.net/10150/106320
Submitted date:
2008-04-11
Abstract:
Public concern about personal privacy has recently focused on issues of Internet data security and personal information as big business. The scientific discourse about information privacy focuses on the crosspressures of maintaining confidentiality and ensuring access in the context of the production of statistical data for public policy and social research and the associated technical solutions for releasing statistical data. This article reports some of the key findings from a smallscale survey of organizational practices to limit disclosure of confidential information prior to publishing public use microdata files, and illustrates how the rules for preserving confidentiality were applied in practice. Explanation for the apparent deficits and wide variations in the extent of knowledge about statistical disclosure limitation (SDL) methods is located in theories of organizational life and communities of practice. The article concludes with suggestions for improving communication between communities of practice to enhance the knowledge base of those responsible for producing public use microdata files.
Type:
Journal (Paginated)
Language:
en
Keywords:
Sociology; Information Science; Social Informatics; Information Ethics; Information Analysis
Local subject classification:
information privacy; public use microdata files; confidentiality; statistical disclosure limitation; communities of practice

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dc.contributor.authorRobbin, Aliceen_US
dc.contributor.authorKoball, Heatheren_US
dc.date.accessioned2008-04-11T00:00:01Z-
dc.date.available2010-06-18T23:44:27Z-
dc.date.issued2001-11en_US
dc.date.submitted2008-04-11en_US
dc.identifier.citationSeeking explanation in theory: Reflections on the social practices of organizations that distribute public use microdata files for research purposes 2001-11, 52(13):1169-1189 Journal of the American Society for Information Scienceen_US
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10150/106320-
dc.description.abstractPublic concern about personal privacy has recently focused on issues of Internet data security and personal information as big business. The scientific discourse about information privacy focuses on the crosspressures of maintaining confidentiality and ensuring access in the context of the production of statistical data for public policy and social research and the associated technical solutions for releasing statistical data. This article reports some of the key findings from a smallscale survey of organizational practices to limit disclosure of confidential information prior to publishing public use microdata files, and illustrates how the rules for preserving confidentiality were applied in practice. Explanation for the apparent deficits and wide variations in the extent of knowledge about statistical disclosure limitation (SDL) methods is located in theories of organizational life and communities of practice. The article concludes with suggestions for improving communication between communities of practice to enhance the knowledge base of those responsible for producing public use microdata files.en_US
dc.format.mimetypeapplication/pdfen_US
dc.language.isoenen_US
dc.subjectSociologyen_US
dc.subjectInformation Scienceen_US
dc.subjectSocial Informaticsen_US
dc.subjectInformation Ethicsen_US
dc.subjectInformation Analysisen_US
dc.subject.otherinformation privacyen_US
dc.subject.otherpublic use microdata filesen_US
dc.subject.otherconfidentialityen_US
dc.subject.otherstatistical disclosure limitationen_US
dc.subject.othercommunities of practiceen_US
dc.titleSeeking explanation in theory: Reflections on the social practices of organizations that distribute public use microdata files for research purposesen_US
dc.typeJournal (Paginated)en_US
dc.identifier.journalJournal of the American Society for Information Scienceen_US
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