AnthroKids - Anthropometric Data of Children

Now fortified with Strength Data

Sandy Ressler


Data Links: [1975] [1977] Related Sites 3D- VRML (4 year old) child in car

PDF Files: 1975 (10Mb), 1977 (30Mb), Strength Characteristics of U.S. Children for Product Safety Design 1975 (12Mb) thanks to Don Chaffin, U of Mich.


This Web points to the results of two studies which collected anthropometric data of children. The report of the first study, performed in 1975, exists here as a scanned document with an HTML "front end" and as data in several formats. The second study, performed in 1977, exists here as only data, however users can access the data via a more graphically oriented interface. The textual descriptive portion of the report is being currently added.

These studies were the result of a Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) effort in the mid-seventies. The creation of a publically accessable data base (this web site) is the result of a joint effort between the Information Technology Laboratory (ITL) at the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) and the CPSC. Partial sponsorship is coming from the Systems Integration for Manufacturing Applications (SIMA) project at NIST. Prior to this effort the data did not exist other than on paper.

The primary goal to "computerize" the data has been accomplished. All of the tabular data was originally entered as spreadsheet data. A variety of conversion techniques were subsequently used to create HTML, plain ASCII (PRN), comma separated values (CSV) and other data tables, all of which are accessable (for free) via this web site.

The original subject data for the 1975 study does not exist. The original subject data for the 1977 study (except for infant data) is contained in files in two formats, the children.txt and individuals.csv files contain this data as a record oriented text file and as a comma separated value file. The only documentation that exists is at the top of the file. If you do use this data for a project please drop us a note.

In addition we are working with the Center for Human Modeling and Simulation at the University of Pennysvania to incorporate the data into their Jack system. In addition we will be exporting VRML models of these figures to aid both in visualizing the data and to create a public resource.

This data, to our knowledge, is the only public domain data base of child anthropometric data. It should prove to be a valuable resource for product designers of all types, concerned with the safety of their products when used by children.


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If you have comments or suggestions, email me at sressler@nist.gov