Reproducible Data Retrieval from the Roper Center Data Archive

Reproducible, programmatic retrieval of datasets from the Roper Center data archive. The Roper Center for Public Opinion Research < https://ropercenter.cornell.edu> maintains the largest archive of public opinion data in existence, but researchers using these datasets are caught in a bind. The Center's terms and conditions bar redistribution of downloaded datasets, but to ensure that one's work can be reproduced, assessed, and built upon by others, one must provide access to the raw data one employed. The `ropercenter` package cuts this knot by providing registered users with programmatic, reproducible access to Roper Center datasets from within R.


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The Roper Center for Public Opinion Research, in its own words, works "to collect, preserve, and disseminate public opinion data; to serve as a resource to help improve the practice of survey research; and to broaden the understanding of public opinion through the use of survey data in the United States and around the world." It maintains the largest archive of public opinion data in existence, holding data dating back to the 1930s and from over 100 countries. Researchers taking advantage of these datasets, however, are caught in a bind. The terms and conditions for downloading any Roper Center dataset state that datasets "may not be resold or re-disseminated." But to ensure that one's work can be reproduced, assessed, and built upon by others, one must provide access to the raw data one employed.

The ropercenter package cuts this knot by providing programmatic, reproducible access to specified Roper Center datasets from within R for registered users at the Roper Center's member institutions.

To install:

  • the latest released version: install.packages("ropercenter")
  • the latest development version:
if (!require(ghit)) install.packages("ghit")
ghit::install_github("fsolt/ropercenter")

For more details, check out the vignette.

Please recall that by using Roper Center services, you accept the Center's Terms and Conditions.

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Version 0.1.0

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install.packages("ropercenter")

0.1.0 by Frederick Solt, a year ago


https://github.com/fsolt/ropercenter


Report a bug at https://github.com/fsolt/ropercenter/issues


Browse source code at https://github.com/cran/ropercenter


Authors: Frederick Solt [aut, cre]


Documentation:   PDF Manual  


MIT + file LICENSE license


Imports rvest, httr, xml2, dplyr, stringr, haven, foreign

Suggests knitr, rmarkdown


See at CRAN