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1 Introduction
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... In response, the Division of Science Resources Statistics (SRS) of the National Science Foundation (NSF)
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... The organizations and institutions that had previously relied on these data to assess progress in this most important measure of achievement and equality suddenly found themselves without a yardstick with which to measure progress. Since the elimination of the data came without warning and for reasons that were not made clear to data users, their reaction was negative.
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... NSF received many complaints from the user community about these changes, in which less information from the survey was available than before, particularly for underrepresented minorities. A great deal of the concern related to the fact that SRS had implemented the changes without prior input from the user community and without much warning to sponsoring agencies and others who closely follow trends in these data series.
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... At the request of SRS, the Committee on National Statistics of the National Research Council formed an ad hoc steering committee to plan for and conduct a workshop for the purpose of reviewing the proposed confidentiality criteria established for the SED. The major purpose of the workshop was to convene experts to address the decisions that SRS made on how to best present SED data so as to maximize the amount of data that can be released while maintaining the pledge of confidentiality made to respondents.
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... The stock of optional methods for protecting data is growing rapidly in the federal statistical system, and academic research is developing increasingly sophisticated techniques for assessing the risk of redisclosure. The discussion of these new methods is included to assist NSF as it considers how to refine the decision it has reached to protect confidential data and make them accessible.
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...  DATA FROM THE SURVEY OF EARNED DOCTORATES In the final chapter, the views of participants on the appropriateness of the NSF decision to aggregate rather than suppress data are summarized. The chapter includes a series of issues that were raised in the general discussion period but not resolved during the workshop.

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