Any use of Roper Center services will be subject to and constitute acceptance of these Terms and Conditions (the 'Terms'). The Terms are accessible on each page of the Roper Center's website and users are required to re-affirm their agreement to the Terms upon sign in.
Permission is granted to access RoperExpress and/or iPOLL services via IP authentication or with the user name and password provided. User names and passwords must not be divulged to anyone. In the case of accidental disclosure or other breaches of security, the Roper Center must be notified immediately so that corrective measures may be taken (e.g. changing of passwords). The Roper Center reserves the right to withdraw permission to access Roper Center Services, including without limitation, iPOLL, RoperExpress or RoperExplorer, any time, with a prorated adjustment of user fees. Members or users who breach these terms may have access terminated.
[Note: Data refers to any and all information obtained from the Roper Center including data, metadata, datasets, questions, questionnaires, documentation and results of any kind, in any and all forms and formats.]
In preparing data for public distribution, the Roper Center takes precautionary measures to ensure that individual respondents cannot be directly identified in a dataset. These measures may include deleting telephone numbers, street addresses, zip codes, names, and any other information that could reasonably lead to the direct identification of a respondent. On occasion, the Roper Center also finds it necessary to seek to prevent the indirect identification of a respondent by means such as the matching of databases; when this has been done, the recoding or other editing steps that were taken will be recorded in the documentation for the study.
Although the Roper Center takes the initiative to remove all items that may compromise respondent confidentiality, users are responsible for protecting the privacy and confidentiality of respondents. If users discover the identity of any individual or organization, they may not use or deliver the information to any third party and shall report such identifiable information to the Roper Center immediately. All users must agree to 1) use these datasets solely for the purpose of aggregate statistical analysis, 2) make no use of or disclose to any third party the identity of any individual or organization they may have discovered, intentionally or unintentionally, from dataset information, and 3) not create links to any other dataset that could reasonably be used to identify individuals without the advance written permission of the Executive Director of the Roper Center.
All data obtained from the Roper Center's website, iPOLL, RoperExplorer, RoperExpress or other services remain the property of the copyright holder and may not be resold or re-disseminated. Users do not have any right, title interest or claim to intellectual property rights or ownership of any of the data obtained through the Roper Center, modified or unmodified. Users may access or use the services and data in ways that are consistent with US Copyright Law. However, researchers who are actively collaborating with individuals at non-member institutions may provide a copy of relevant datasets to their collaborators for the duration of the project, after which such collaborators must return or destroy such data. iPOLL searches may be reproduced for instructional or research purposes within member institutions provided access is restricted to members of the institution.
The Roper Center and the original collector of the data must be acknowledged in any resulting papers or publications. Publications based on Roper Center data collections should acknowledge the data sources by means of standard bibliographic citations. To ensure that source attributions are available for use by future social science researchers, full standard citations must appear in the footnotes or reference sections of publications. Users are further requested to submit these citations to the Roper Center so that the Roper Center may provide funding agencies with appropriate information about use of data resources and obtain a better understanding about the use of those resources. Citations may be submitted by email to firstname.lastname@example.org or post to The Roper Center.
Citations of machine-readable data files contain five major elements:
(1) Authorship, (2) Title, (3) Edition/Version, (4) Producer, and (5) Distributor
General Citation Format:
Authorship. Title [material designator]. Edition/Version. Location of producer: Name of producer [producer], Production date. Location of distributor: Name of distributor [distributor], Distribution date.
The bibliographic citation for this data collection is:
Cable News Network, USA Today. CNN/USA Today/Gallup Poll # 2000-20: Microsoft/Parents/"Socially Responsible"; [computer file]. 1st Roper Center for Public Opinion Research version. Lincoln, NE: Gallup Organization [producer], 2000. Cornell University, Ithaca, NY: The Roper Center [distributor], 2001.
The above information is based on the citations described within:
Roistacher, Richard C. A Style Manual for Machine-Readable Data Files and Their Documentation. Washington, D.C.: U.S. Dept. of Justice, Bureau of Justice Statistics, 1980.
Roper Center products and services are provided "as is"; without warranty of any kind, either expressed or implied. In no event shall the Roper Center or its agents be liable for any indirect, special, punitive, incidental or consequential damages, or other losses arising out of the use of or inability to use our products.
Users at member institutions are responsible for knowing and adhering to the terms of the membership agreement. The agreement is available from the Roper Center or from its representative at the member institution.
If the institution ceases to be a member of the Roper Center, individual users may keep copies of data obtained during the membership period, but the datasets and results from iPOLL searches must be removed from web sites or data libraries and cannot be further re-disseminated.
Original source copyright maintained by individual survey organizations.