Monthly Archives: May 2014

New database: Compustat Snapshot


Compustat Snapshot is now available via Wharton Research Data Services [WRDS]. Compustat Snapshot North America is a complete North American backtesting database, providing historical coverage on a large population of North American companies with more than 1,500 annual, quarterly and year-to-date fundamental data items for both preliminary and final data.

Description from WRDS and S&P Capital IQ:

U.S. and Canada. Access deep history with snapshot dates as early as December 1986, with quarterly fundamental history back to 1978 and annual fundamental history back to 1970.


  • S&P Capital IQ’s Compustat Snapshot provides historically reported preliminary and final data known for annual and quarterly, while retaining original values and all succeeding changes.
  • These data identify and manage changes at the data element level, and tracks all changes on a daily basis, for all of S&P Capital IQ Compustat’s accounting and identifying information.
  • WRDS enables users to extract any quarterly or annual snapshot of the data, at any point-in-time frequency, in a very easy and intuitive interface.

Date range:
Point-In-Time Coverage from 1986-present. Includes weekly snapshots from 1986 and intraday starting early 2009.


Digital Centers internship progam at Columbia Libraries

digital centers image2 revisedThe Columbia University Libraries is looking for Columbia graduate students to collaborate with librarians and technologists in supporting and promoting digital scholarship on campus.

The Columbia University Libraries has three digital centers:
Humanities, Science, and Social Science. The Digital Centers are looking for students with a keen interest in digital scholarship to be interns in the centers during the 2014/15 academic year.

The paid internships are competitive and students will receive hands-on experience working with emerging digital practices within the centers.

For more information please see,

All applications due by May 30. Please send any questions to