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st: How to read a very old SPSS file?

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Subject   st: How to read a very old SPSS file?
Date   Sat, 5 Feb 2011 10:30:04 -0000

Thanks to Michael Mitchell <> and Sergiy Radyakin <> for their very helpful comments on this issue.  

Following up Michael's remark that " The SPSS binary file in EBCDIC format needs to be read using an IBM mainframe version of SPSS", would anyone who has access to such a computer and would be able to try and read the file for me, please contact me off list?

Sergiy: thanks very much for your offer. I'll contact you off list next week, as you suggest. 

General lesson for you all: be very very cautious in your archiving of precious data.  

I hadn't intended to dabble in IT archaeology, but I've ended up in this situation due to my naïve archiving methods 20 years ago during two job moves. I archived a readable copy in ascii format (exported from SPSS) to a 3.5" floppy disk, but later discovered the disk was faulty. Mea culpa.

Stephen P. Jenkins  <>
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