New Releases through 2014-09-14

Below is a list of new data collection additions to the ICPSR data archive along with a list of released data collections that have been updated:

New Additions


Note: Additional SAMHDA studies may be available though they are not listed in this email/web site announcement.


The 2014 ICPSR Data Fair is open for registration!

ICPSR – Powering Sustainable Data Access

The call for public sharing/public access to scientific research data continues to grow. Initially there seemed to be little recognition of the need to finance public access to research data, but fortunately funding-sustained public access is making its way into the conversation.

For many years, ICPSR has hosted several public-access research data archives that are sustained by federal and foundation funding. ICPSR’s 2014 Data Fair will feature webinars about many of these archives and collections, including an introduction to the National Archive of Data on Arts and Culture; the R-DAS collection at the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Data Archive; two Gates Foundation-funded collections at the Resource Center for Minority Data; an orientation to the National Addiction and HIV Data Archive Program; and a Q & A about the Gates Foundation-funded Measures of Effective Teaching Longitudinal Database.

You will find descriptions of these webinars in the Data Fair program. Other offerings will include a presentation about ICPSR’s current efforts to fund and achieve sustainable public-access data sharing models, including its newly launched collection known as openICPSR.

Also of note, ICPSR will launch the Data Fair with an orientation webinar focused on our membership archive – composed of a data collection and related teaching resources that have been sustained successfully for over 52 years. *Membership matters, *and this webinar titled, “Understanding ICPSR,” will provide members – and those exploring membership – with in-depth tours of ICPSR’s research data services education resources, and the benefits of membership.

We invite you to join us for one or all fourteen webinars airing October 6-9, 2014!

Note: All data fair webinars are free and open to the public.


Data Seal of Approval Conference to Take Place September 24 in Amsterdam

Third Annual Data Seal of Approval Conference September 24, 2014, in Amsterdam, The Netherlands

Please join us for the 2014 Data Seal of Approval conference, which is open to all. This year's DSA conference is organized as a co-located event with the Research Data Alliance Fourth Plenary Meeting on September 22-24. The conference will take place on the afternoon of September 24, just after the RDA 4th Plenary concludes.

Theme: Data Seal of Approval Conference 2014

Date/Time: Wednesday, September 24, 2014, 13:30-17:00

Location: Meervaart Theater in Amsterdam

The Data Seal of Approval (DSA) is an initiative to provide basic certification to data repositories. Receiving the DSA signifies that data are being safeguarded in compliance with community standards and will remain accessible into the future. The DSA and its quality guidelines are relevant to researchers, organizations that archive data, and users of the data.

We have an interesting program planned for the conference. Topics will include:

  • A basic overview of the Data Seal of Approval, including how to apply for the DSA
  • DSA and the European Research Infrastructures
  • Case studies
  • The DSA-WDS Partnership Working Group and its goals

The full DSA conference program is available on the DSA Web site.

The registration fee for the DSA conference is 50 euro. Register for the DSA conference. Note that this is a separate registration from the RDA 4th Plenary and EventBrite will charge a fee (3,75 euro) for booking the ticket.

Accommodations and travel information can be found on the RDA 4th Plenary Web site.

For more information please contact: info@datasealofapproval.org

Mary Vardigan
Chair, Data Seal of Approval


Latin American Mortality Database (LAMBdA) at the University of Wisconsin-Madison

The Latin American Mortality Database (LAMBdA) is a project at the University of Wisconsin-Madison that is directed by Dr. Alberto Palloni of the Department of Sociology. It was originally created to support the empirical study of the history of mortality trends in Latin American countries after independence. It now supports the study of very recent mortality trends and is particularly suited for the study of old age mortality during the post-WWII period. The database covers the interval between 1848 and 2014 and contains data on population censuses, age-specific total death counts, mortality rates, and life tables.

The Latin American Mortality Database is provided free of charge to all individuals who register to the site. The project is supported by research project grants from the National Institute on Aging and a Fogarty International Center award for Global Research Training in Population Health.


ICPSR Experiencing Network Problems -- Update


ICPSR has moved its public website out of the affected U-M network; all ICPSR site functions should be operating normally. Our thanks for your patience.

Original Post Below

ICPSR has been experiencing some network connectivity issues related to the broader University of Michigan network setup. We are working with U-M IT and external vendors to correct the issue and do not currently have a timeline on correcting the problem. We have switched over to the cloud replica of our website to ensure that most ICPSR services continue without interruption.

  • Users should be able to download data with no problems.
  • Users will not be able to complete all deposit data functions.

Our apologies for the inconvenience.


NACJD releases NatSCEV data

The National Archive of Criminal Justice Data (NACJD) is pleased to announce the release of the National Survey of Children's Exposure to Violence I, 2008 (ICPSR study 35203).

Sponsored by the Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention (OJJDP), the National Survey of Children's Exposure to Violence I (NatSCEV) was designed to obtain lifetime and one-year incidence estimates of a comprehensive range of childhood victimization across gender, race and developmental stage. Topics covered include conventional crime, child maltreatment, peer and sibling victimization, sexual assault and witnessing and indirect victimization.

The data are restricted from general dissemination. Users interested in obtaining these data must complete a Restricted Data Use Agreement application and specify the reasons for the request. Please visit the study home page for more information about the study and access: http://doi.org/10.3886/ICPSR35203.


DSDR director attends the 6th annual ALAP Conference in Lima, Peru

Mary McEniry, the director of DSDR, will be in Lima, Peru attending the sixth ALAP (Latin American Population Association) conference from August 12 to August 15.

The theme for this year is "Population dynamics and sustainable development with equity" ("Dinámica de población y desarrollo sostenible con equidad").

More information on the conference can be found here (in Spanish).

Dr. McEniry will be presenting on a selection of studies from the 2014 Population Association of America conference, ICPSR, UC-Berkeley, and ALAP. The presentation can be found below.

The co-sponsors of the ALAP conference can be found following the slideshow presentation below.