MicrOsiris

 

Neal Van Eck
BS (mathematics, astronomy), MS (mathematics), MBA from The University of Michigan, MENSA
mailto:nvaneck@umich.edu

Neal was the sole United States member of the International Technical Advisory Group at UNESCO for over 20 years, overseeing the development and deployment of IDAMS.

While at the Survey Research Center of The University of Michigan he developed a Statistical Analysis package for survey data (OSIRIS) comparable to SPSS and SAS  and authored with Susan the PC version, MicrOsiris, which is still in demand for binary segmentation data mining techniques (SEARCH, formerly AID3).

Professional Positions:

1987-date     Developed and marketed MicrOsiris. Developed and distributed the Statistical Decision Tree.

1996-2001    Executive Director, Information Technology, Philadelphia University. Planned and built $5M infrastructure for campus information services.

1987-1996    Director, Center for Computing Services, Susquehanna University.  Developed campus-wide 10BaseT Ethernet network; honorable mention for CAUSE award for excellence in campus networking.

1986-1987    Director of Computing Services, University of Michigan-Flint.  Managed all aspects of the Academic Computing; taught 6 credit hours per semester in Computer Science. 

1983-1986    Manager, User Services and Systems Programming, University of  Wisconsin-Milwaukee.

1974-1983    Director, Computer Support, Survey Research Center, Institute for Social Research, The University of Michigan.

Grants:

NSF-Grant NCR-9102008, 1991-1993, "Connection to NSFNET," $27,775.

Grant of PC lab of 20 stations, laser printer and network server from AT&T, 1991, $96,000.

Other Professional Activities:

United States member of the Paris-based UNESCO Technical Advisory Group for Internationally Developed Data Analysis and Management Software, 1987-2008.

Developed the OSIRIS IV Statistical and Data Management software at the Institute for Social Research, Ann Arbor.

Member, Advisory Board for the journal "Computational Statistics and Data Analysis.", 1987-1994.

Chair, workshop on OSIRIS IV hierarchical files, COMPSTAT conference, Edinburgh, August, 1980.

Served on committee to develop strategies for large-scale international social science surveys, UNESCO, Paris, September 1983.  Prepared joint proposal to implement these strategies with representatives of L. Kalmar Statistical Laboratories, Szeged, Hungary, September 1983.

Co-founder of Van Eck Computer Consulting, a software partnership with Susan Van Eck, 1983 to present.  Produced DOCUMAT and DOCULIST text formatting system for MS-DOS based micros. Developed MicrOsiris Statistical Analysis and Data Management system for Windows.

Served on the Michigan Kidney Disease Advisory Committee.

Publications and Presentations:

MicrOsiris: a Statistical and Data Management Software System and Manual, Van Eck and Van Eck, copyright 1988-93, 360 pp.

DOCUMAT, Van Eck and Van Eck, a text formatting system and manual distributed for profit by the Heath Co., copyright 1983.  Version 2.0 copyright 1985. MS/DOS version copyright 1985, 78 pp.

The increasing demands of micro support. Source: User Services Conference Proceedings of the 14th annual ACM SIGUCCS conference on User services: setting the direction. Montreal, Quebec, Canada. Pages: 339 - 344, 1986. ISBN:0-89791-208-X

OSIRIS Architecture and Design, Rattenbury and Van Eck, Institute for Social Research, Ann Arbor 1973, 1974, 303 pp.

Sampling Error Program Package, Kish, Frankel, and Van Eck, Institute for Social Research, Ann Arbor 1972, 178 pp.

"Developing Objective Measures of the Quality of Statistical Programs: A Proposed Course of Action," Klem, Marks, and Van Eck, presented at the annual meeting of the American Statistical Association, August, 1974.

"Current and Future Development of OSIRIS," presented at the working conference on OSIRIS held at UNESCO headquarters, Paris, September, 1975.

"Data Processing and Hierarchical File Innovations in OSIRIS IV," presented at the August, 1980 annual meeting of the American Statistical Association, Houston.

Presented "OSIRIS IV Data Management and Software System," Nagara, Yan, and Van Eck at the August, 1980 annual meeting of the American Statistical Association, Houston.

"Statistical Analysis and Data Management Highlights of OSIRIS IV," American Statistician, 34(2), May, 1980.

"The OSIRIS IV Statistical Analysis and Data Management Software System, " presented at the COMPSTAT conference, August 1980, in Edinburgh; sponsored by: The International Statistical Institute, Royal Statistical Society, Biometric Society, and British Computer Society.

OSIRIS III User Manuals, volumes I-IV, contrib. author, 1974, 1962 pp.       

OSIRIS III Subroutine Manual, Institute for Social Research, Ann Arbor, 1974, editor, major author, 148 pp.

SRCLIB Manual, Van Eck, Institute for Social Research, Ann Arbor, 1974, 1975, 92 pp.

OSIRIS IV Statistical Analysis and Data Management Software System, Editor-in-chief, major contributing author, Institute for Social Research, Ann Arbor, 1978-1980, 305 pp.

OSIRIS IV Subroutine Manual, Van Eck, Institute for Social Research, Ann Arbor, 1978-1980, 158 pp.