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IBUC 2009   
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Scientific Committee

The Scientific Committee, chaired by Vesa Kuusela, Statistics Finland, reviews abstract submissions for all papers, posters, and technical presentations and subsequently prepares the conference program.

Members of the committee include:

  • Vesa Kuusela  (chair), Statistics Finland
  • Karen Bagwell US, Bureau of the Census
  • Sylvain Daubrée, INSEE
  • Hilde Degerdal, Statistics Norway
  • Jo Edwards, ONS
  • Lon Hofman, Statistics Netherlands, Blaise Team
  • Rebecca Lui, Statistics Canada
  • Jim O’Reilly, Westat Inc.
  • Mark Pierzchala, Mathematica Policy Research Inc.
  • Bill Connett/Gina-Qian Cheung, University of Michigan
  • Tony Award

    The second "Tony Award" will be presented for the best paper and presentation of the 12th IBUC. At the end of the conference, the Scientific Committee will meet to select the best paper and presentation. The topic and style of written paper and the oral presentation will have equal weights.

    In 11th IBUC the first Tony Award was given to Colin Setchfield (Office for National Statistics, UK) for his presentation of a paper titled Coping with people who just won’t stay put: The Use of Blaise in Longitudinal Panel Surveys. Runner-up was Rhonda Ash (University of Michigan, US) for the presentation of paper titled Case Scenario Library for Testing Large Blaise Applications which she prepared together with Jason Ostergren.

    The "Tony Award" was initially unveiled at the 10th IBUC in 2006. The award is named after Tony Manners, formerly of the Office for National Statistics in the United Kingdom. Tony was one of the founders and first chairman of the International Blaise Users Group (IBUG). He was elected as chairman at the end of the very first International Blaise Users Conference in 1992 and continued in the role through the 7th IBUC which was held in Washington, D.C. in 2001.

    Papers and abstracts

    Session 1: Uses of Blaise

    Converting to Blaise 4.8 for CATI and CAWI Surveys
    Leonard Hart and Scott Reid, Mathematica Policy Research, Inc.
    Abstract Paper

    Using Blaise 4.8 for Census Coverage Measurement
    Roberto V. Picha, U.S. Census Bureau, USA
    Abstract Paper

    Using the Blaise Component Pack for All Stages of Data Collection
    Lilia Filippenko, Roger Osborn, Vorapranee (Mai) Wickelgren, & Venkat Yetukuri, RTI International, USA
    Abstract Paper

    BLAISE in Macedonia-Census of agriculture 2007
    Liljana Taseva, Mira Deleva, State Statistical Office of the Republic of Macedonia
    Abstract Paper

    Session 2: CAPI system developments

    Quality assurance through Computer Audio- Recorded Interviewing (CARI)
    Chris Seymour, Statistics New Zealand

    Case Management System Based on Wireless Telecommunications
    Vesa Kuusela, Toni Räikkönen and Kai Vikki, Statistics Finland
    Abstract Paper

    Development of Survey and Case Management facilities for organisations with minimal survey infrastructure
    Fred Wensing, Softscape Solutions, Australia
    Abstract Paper

    CAPI system at Central Statistical Bureau of Latvia
    Karlis Zeila, Norberts Talers, Pavel Onufrijevs, Central Statistical Bureau of Latvia

    Session 3: Data Quality

    Minimizing the errors in the questionnaire and monitoring the survey process
    Kimin Kim, Korea Labor Institute
    Abstract Paper

    Macro-selection and micro-editing: a prototype 
    Wim Hacking, Statistics Netherlands
    Abstract Paper

    The Three-Legged Stool Is Now a Four-Legged Chair: Specification Guidelines for Blaise Survey Instruments
    James R. Hagerman, Jody L. Dougherty, and Sue Ellen Hansen, The University of Michigan
    Abstract Paper

    Session 4: Blaise in Organizations

    The Effects of Relocation on Blaise Support in O.N.S.
    Lucy Fletcher, Office for National Statistics

    Evaluating the use of questions and responses in a large national dietary data collection instrument
    Lois Steinfeldt, Jaswinder Anand, Ellen Anderson, and John Clemens, Agricultural Research  Service, USA
    Abstract Paper

    Different Methods of Working with Blaise® in the Israel Central Bureau of Statistics
    Shifra Har and Evgenia Luskin, Israel Central Bureau of Statistics
    Abstract Paper

    BlaiseIS at Statistics Netherlands
    Gerrit de Bolster, Statistiscs Netherlands
    Abstract Paper

    Session 7: Event history applications

    The Use of Metadata in the Design of a Customizable .NET Event History Calendar
    Daniel Moshinsky, Mecene Desormice, Seth Benson-Flannery; U.S. Census Bureau
    Abstract Paper

    Development and Programming of an Employment Event History Calendar in the Panel Study of Income Dynamics
    April Beaulé, Mary Dascola  and Youhong Liu, The University of Michigan
    Abstract Paper

    Time Use Diary Data Capture System built in Blaise and Maniplus
    Fred Wensing, Softscape Solutions, Australia
    Abstract Paper

    Capturing and UtiIizing Interview Timings
    Jim O'Reilly, Westat
    Abstract Paper

    Session 8: Authoring in Blaise

    A Systematic Approach to Debugging in the Blaise Environment:  An Author's Perspective
    Peter Sparks, The University of Michigan
    Abstract Paper

    Unduplication of Listing Data
    Michael K. Mangiapane, U.S. Census Bureau
    Abstract Paper

    An End-to-End Solution for Using Unicode with Blaise to Support Any Language
    Alerk Amin (CentERdata, The Netherlands), Richard Boreham (National Center for Social Research, England), Maurice Martens (CentERdata, The Netherlands), Colin Miceli (National Center for Social Research, England)
    Abstract Paper

    Managing Translations for Blaise Questionnaires
    Maurice Martens, Alerk Amin & Corrie Vis (CentERdata, The Netherlands)
    Abstract Paper

    Session 9: Applications and supporting tools

    Moving to a Centralized Database for Surveys in Blaise at the National Agricultural Statistics Service
    Roger Schou, National Agricultural Statistics Service, USA
    Abstract Paper

    Blaise Editing Rules + Relational Data Storage = Best of Both Worlds?
    Richard Frey and Mike Rhoads, Westat
    Abstract Paper

    Michigan Questionnaire Documentation System, Version 3 (MQDS-V3)
    Karl Dinkelmann, Nicole Kirgis, Gina-Qian Cheung, University of Michigan
    Abstract Paper

    Tracking And Rotation – The Next Steps
    Jo Edwards, Office for National Statistics
    Abstract Paper

    Poster session

    Some Techniques In Blaise Data Editing
    Rob Groeneveld, Statistics Netherlands
    Abstract Paper

    Presenting Answers in Random Order; A generic approach for presenting enumeration answers in random order in the Blaise Data Entry Program.
    Marien Lina, Division of Business Statistics, Statistics Netherlands
    Abstract Paper

    Mixed Mode Sample Management System development process
    Gina-Qian Cheung, The University of Michigan