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Swiss Municipal Data Merger Tool: Open-source Software for the Compilation of Longitudinal Municipal-level Data
JournalArticle (Originalarbeit in einer wissenschaftlichen Zeitschrift)
 
ID 4636284
Author(s) Knechtl, Valentin; Stutzer, Alois
Author(s) at UniBasel Stutzer, Alois
Year 2021
Title Swiss Municipal Data Merger Tool: Open-source Software for the Compilation of Longitudinal Municipal-level Data
Journal Swiss Political Science Review
Volume 27
Number 4
Pages / Article-Number 799-808
Keywords Data management, historical data, municipal research, open-source software, spatial reference
Abstract Abstract The Swiss Municipal Data Merger Tool (Swiss MDMT) offers a solution to a frequent data management problem encountered when compiling longitudinal datasets involving Swiss municipalities as the observational units. Due to municipal mergers, the number of municipalities in Switzerland declined from 3,095 in 1960 to 2,202 in 2020. As a consequence, manually securing the correct spatial reference when merging historical cross-sectional data is tedious and time-consuming. To facilitate this operation, the Swiss MDMT considers mutations at the municipal level and maps municipalities of a first point in time to municipalities in a second point in time based on information provided by the Swiss Federal Statistical Office`s municipality inventory. The tool is distributed as an open-source R package and is freely available on CRAN.
Publisher Wiley
ISSN/ISBN 1424-7755 ; 1662-6370
URL https://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/abs/10.1111/spsr.12487
edoc-URL https://edoc.unibas.ch/86155/
Full Text on edoc Available
Digital Object Identifier DOI 10.1111/spsr.12487
PubMed ID http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/35937615
ISI-Number WOS:000711098400001
Document type (ISI) Journal Article
 
   

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