Date: Fri, 3 Dec 1999 09:51:00 -0600
Reply-To: "Gerard T. Pauline" <gpauline@FSMAIL.PACE.EDU>
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From: "Gerard T. Pauline" <gpauline@FSMAIL.PACE.EDU>
Organization: Pace University
Subject: Re: Info about CompuStat
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FJ / Nancy:
Here at Pace University we process CRSP, COMPUSTAT, IFS, CITIBASE,
PSID, OAS and a bunch of others:
IBM S/390, VM/ESA 2.3, v6.09E prod, V8 next semester
Students are issued a VM/CMS userid
All of the databases are stored as permanent SAS datasets and
reside on DASD (IBM RAMAC). We've coded a large SAS macro named
"Access" (in production since 1987; updated for each new DB added)
to provide retrieval services.
Gerard T. Pauline
Mgr, Internet/DB Applications
Computer Systems, DoIT
"F.J. Kelley" wrote:
> I am interested in this too. Both for CRSP and CompuStat. Here is our
> current situation, and a possible alternative --Joe
> On Thu, 2 Dec 1999, Nancy J. Hill wrote:
> > I need to know about universities using CompuStat. My questions
> > 1. What platform? mainframe or pc network
> IBM: MVS.
> > 2. Do your students have a network userid to use the system?
> Must have a userid on the mainframe.
> > 3. On the mainframe are you accessing from tapes?
> oh yes. I think all are non-labeled, VB (used to be VBS) files. I
> haven't been overwhelmed by the documentation, but I only see the folks
> when things get bad. Tape access is only in batch, so they have to
> learn JCL. Most of this is cookbook stuff, so not a big deal, but they
> usually find it very weird. Then the notion of "tapes", and "labels".
> We had great hopes for DATASOURCE, as a replacement for the Fortran
> programs, but the odd sorts of missing value problems, mostly tied to
> documentation problems made that more difficult than we anticipated. I
> don't fault SI on this. The faculty members are much more familiar with
> the data; the students are usually just starting out, so naturally have
> more problems.
> There is now interest in a program/service from Wharton Schl for this.