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Data collection is the process of gathering data.

Data collection encompasses such concepts as:

- the type(s) of interview used for data collection (e.g. personal or by telephone, paper and pencil, facsimile, computer-aided personal or telephone interview (CAPI/CATI), or mailed questionnaires);

- the duration of the field work (specify the dates); the period used for data collection;

- whether a permanent survey organisation exists or personnel for each survey round are recruited, etc.

Data may be observed, measured, or collected by means of questioning, as in survey or census response.

Source Publication:
Economic Commission for Europe of the United Nations (UNECE), "Glossary of Terms on Statistical Data Editing", Conference of European Statisticians Methodological material, Geneva, 2000.

Cross References:
Compilation practices
Special Data Dissemination Standard (SDDS)

Statistical Theme: Methodological information (metadata)

Glossary Output Segments:

Created on Tuesday, September 25, 2001

Last updated on Friday, December 16, 2005