This dataset is the product of a study that assessed how public universities in the United States respond to public records requests of varying complexity for structured data. When a university provided a substantive response, the following variables were coded:
1. Nature of response: Whether the university produced responsive data, produced or offered different data than what we requested, asserted there were no records, required prepayment before processing, required in-person inspection, or denied the request.
2. Response time: The number of business days (i.e., omitting weekends and holidays) from the day after a request was filed to the day a substantive response was received.
3. Format: The format that data were released: Excel, CSV, PDF, or web page.
4. New record: Whether the university expressly asserted that it is not obligated to create a new record in response to a public records request.
5. Fee estimate: The amount of money a university estimated it would cost to process the request.
Jonathan Anderson & Sarah K. Wiley, Freedom of the Database: Auditing Access to Structured Data, The Journal of Civic Information
Anderson, Jonathan; Wiley, Sarah K..
(2021). Dataset: U.S. Public University Responses to Public Records Requests for Structured Data.
Retrieved from the Data Repository for the University of Minnesota,