Survey Computing in the 1990s: A Technology Update

Hugh Neffendorf
MVA Systematica

INTRODUCTION

Survey researchers are fascinated with technology. It pervades all aspects of the survey process and presents the opportunity to handle more work, faster, more accurately and with better presentation.

Surveys and computing have always had a close relationship. The origin of the punched card was related to a survey - the US census. Traditionally, the main role of computers in survey work has been in connection with processing and analysis of the data. More recently, developments in hardware, software and communication techniques have seen the penetration of computing into almost all aspects of survey work. In the 1990s it can be argued that surveys and computing will become almost inseparable.