New Research Resources on AidData.org
Friday, March 2, 2012 Author:
One of the difficulties of creating a resource as large as the AidData project-level database is making it manageable for our users. In the past, we have offered the dataset in two basic forms: Research Releases and exportsfrom the AidData web portal. However, many find the Research Release to be too large to handle and some are intimidated by the project-level data exporter.
In response to this, AidData is offering new prepared dataset options. These are:
- New formats for the Research Release, now in .csv, .sav and .sql.
- “Short Form” of the Research Release, available as .csv, .dta, .sav and .sql. (Six variables per project, including AidData ID, which is a unique record identifier and may be used for joining additional variables to the dataset.)
- Aggregated datasets:
- Donor-Recipient Aggregates: dyadic flows, by year
- Financing Agency-Recipient Aggregates: dyadic flows by financing agency (sub- national funding agency, when reported) and year. Useful for flows from funding agency (eg. MCC, DFID, AFD) to recipient.
- Donor-Recipient-Purpose Aggregates: annual dyadic flows, by purpose code (AidData/CRS). Also includes purpose name (e.g. basic nutrition, SME development, land mine clearance) for users who are not familiar with AidData purpose codes.
Going forward, AidData is exploring options for automated aggregate searches and exports, so that users can extract data quickly and simply and put it to work with as few complications as possible. In the meantime, we’re doing our best to bring you the best and latest development finance information available!
Robert Mosolgo is an AidData Project Manager at the College of William and Mary. He oversees data collection and standardization.
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