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A new ISDC chair

I'm pleased to announce that Prof. Gad Nathan has assumed the position of ISDC chair. Gad is replacing Prof. Yaacov Ritov, who has served in this position over the last two years, during which we benefited from his wisdom and guidance.

Gad Nathan is Professor (emeritus) of statistics at the Hebrew University and served until a few years ago as the Chief Scientist at the Central Bureau of Statistics. Previously he has served as Vice-President of the International Statistical Institute and as Chairman of the Israel National Public Council of Statistics, to name but two of his former responsibilities.

Gad's main research interests are sampling methodology and non-sampling errors; inference from complex samples; extensions of response error models; surveys with multiplicity; cognitive aspects of survey methodology; misclassification models; computer assisted interviewing; telesurveys and analysis and design of longitudinal surveys. Prof. Nathan has authored over 50 publications in scientific journals, books and proceedings.

Gad Nathan has been associated with ISDC's work for quite a few years, through his use of its services for both research and teaching advanced courses in statistics. Furthermore, I am used to ask for his advice in many methodological and statistical questions. Since Gad is familiar with both ISDC’s user community and its main data source (ICBS), he is certainly the right person to lead the data center at this time.

Let's wish both Gad Nathan and the ISDC a successful term.

A new dataset

604. Income Survey 2004
Source: Israel Central Bureau of Statistics

The dataset of Income Survey 2004 is now ready for use. Income Surveys have been conducted by the Central Bureau of Statistics on a regular basis and their goal is estimating income levels and inequality among various population groups. Since 1997, the Central Bureau of Statistics has been producing a series of income estimates based on a mixed dataset derived from both Incomes and Household Expenditure surveys; both of them now use the same definitions and estimation system. The mixed dataset consists of two record types: a household record details household composition, number of providers, and incomes from work, from allowances and from other sources. Each household member aged 15+ has an individual record that portrays his/her demographic profile, labor force characteristics, wages and personal incomes from various sources. As of 2003 dataset, codes of locality appear only for localities with more than 20,000 residents. The dataset is available with SAS, STATA or SPSS data definition statements. N=14,636 households and 35,231 individuals aged 15+.


ESS round 2 data
The data from round 2 of the European Social Survey is now ready for downloading and online analysis. See NSD announcement:

ESS round 2 data
The ESS Data Web Site, has now been upgraded with the release of the first ESS round 2 data. The web site interface has been improved and includes the latest version of the online browsing and analysis system Nesstar WebView. (

New ESS product
The novelty and the latest contribution to the ESS project is the European Social Survey Education Net. (ESS EduNet), ESS EduNet is an Internet-based analysis-training programme aiming to facilitate and enrich access to and usage of empirical data in the social sciences. The topics currently available are Social and political trust and Human values from ESS round 1.

Best wishes,
the ESS data team at NSD

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