Download integrated rounds from the European Social Survey

import_rounds(rounds, ess_email = NULL, format = NULL)

import_all_rounds(ess_email = NULL, format = NULL)

download_rounds(
  rounds,
  ess_email = NULL,
  output_dir = getwd(),
  format = "stata"
)

Arguments

rounds

a numeric vector with the rounds to download. See show_rounds for all available rounds.

ess_email

a character vector with your email, such as "[email protected]". If you haven't registered in the ESS website, create an account at http://www.europeansocialsurvey.org/user/new. A preferred method is to login through set_email.

format

the format from which to download the data. By default it is NULL for import_* functions and tries to read 'stata', 'spss' and 'sas' in the specific order. This can be useful if some countries don't have a particular format available. Alternatively, the user can specify the format which can either be 'stata', 'spss' or 'sas'. For the download_* functions it is set to 'stata' because the format should be specified before downloading. When using import_country the data will be downloaded and read in the format specified. For download_country, the data is downloaded from the specified format (only 'spss' and 'stata' supported, see details).

output_dir

a character vector with the output directory in case you want to only download the files using the download_rounds. Defaults to your working directory. This will be interpreted as a directory and not a path with a file name.

Value

for import_rounds if length(rounds) is 1, it returns a tibble with the latest version of that round. Otherwise it returns a list of length(rounds) containing the latest version of each round. For download_rounds, if output_dir is a valid directory, it returns the saved directories invisibly and saves all the rounds in the chosen format in output_dir

Details

Use import_rounds to download specified rounds and import them to R. import_all_rounds will download all rounds by default and download_rounds will download rounds and save them in a specified format in the supplied directory.

The format argument from import_rounds should not matter to the user because the data is read into R either way. However, different formats might have different handling of the encoding of some questions. This option was preserved so that the user can switch between formats if any encoding errors are found in the data. For more details see the discussion here. For this particular argument in, 'sas' is not supported because the data formats have changed between ESS waves and separate formats require different functions to be read. To preserve parsimony and format errors between waves, the user should use 'spss' or 'stata'.

Examples

if (FALSE) { set_email("[email protected]") # Get first three rounds three_rounds <- import_rounds(1:3) temp_dir <- tempdir() # Only download the files to output_dir, this will return nothing. download_rounds( rounds = 1:3, output_dir = temp_dir, ) # By default, download_rounds saves a 'stata' file. You can # also download 'spss' and 'sas' files. download_rounds( rounds = 1:3, output_dir = temp_dir, format = 'spss' ) # If rounds are repeated, will download only unique ones two_rounds <- import_rounds(c(1, 1)) # If email is not registered at ESS website, error will arise two_rounds <- import_rounds(c(1, 2), "[email protected]") # Error in authenticate(ess_email) : # The email address you provided is not associated with any registered user. # Create an account at https://www.europeansocialsurvey.org/user/new # If selected rounds don't exist, error will arise two_rounds <- import_rounds(c(1, 22)) # Error in round_url(rounds) : # ESS round 22 is not a available. Check show_rounds() }