2016-12-06

2017 American Community Survey (ACS) Data Users Conference



The 2017 American Community Survey (ACS) Data Users Conference will be held at the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office in Alexandria, VA on May 11-12, 2017.

The Population Reference Bureau (PRB) is organizing next year’s conference in partnership with the U.S. Census Bureau and with guidance from a new ACS Data Users Group Steering Committee.
To submit an abstract please fill out an abstract submission form and email your completed form to ACSDataUsersGroup@prb.org by Thursday, December 15, 2016. For more information, please contact Linda Jacobsen (ljacobsen@prb.org) or Mark Mather (mmather@prb.org) at PRB.
The conference will bring together ACS data users and staff from the U.S. Census Bureau to increase understanding of the value and utility of ACS data and to promote information sharing among data users about key ACS data issues and applications. The conference will include:
  • Contributed presentations by ACS data users
  • Invited sessions
  • Hands-on training
  • Roundtable discussions
  • Opportunities for networking
Registration for the conference will be free for all participants. 
More information about the conference, including registration information and a preliminary program, will be available in February 2017.

2016-12-01

NIH Requests Information on Strategies for Data Management, Sharing, and Citation

On November 14, 2016, NIH released a Request for Information (below) that “is intended to be used to inform development of NIH policies pertaining to the management and sharing of digital scientific data generated from NIH-supported research.” NAHDAP encourages researchers to take a moment and comment on these important topics and to share this opportunity with other data producers and users so that they may submit comments as well.

Comments on the topic areas of interest should be submitted electronically or mailed to: Office of Science Policy (OSP), National Institutes of Health, 6705 Rockledge Drive, Suite 750, Bethesda, MD 20892, or by fax to: 301-496-9839 by December 29, 2016.

Editor's note: The NIH Request for Information is as follows:

NIH Requests Information on Strategies for Data Management, Sharing, and Citation

Today (November 14, 2016), in the NIH Guide to Grants and Contracts, NIH published a Request for Information (RFI) that seeks public comments on strategies for data management, sharing, and citation in order to consider:

* what, when, and how data should be managed and shared; and,
* setting standards for citing shared data and software.

The complete RFI, as well as instructions on how to comment, can be found on the NIH OSP website. NIH will consider all public comments before taking next steps.
Additional information about the importance of this RFI can be found in an “Under the Poliscope” blog published today by Dr. Carrie D. Wolinetz, NIH Associate Director for Science Policy.
For more information, please contact the NIH Office of Science Policy by email or by telephone at 301-496-9838.

NIH Requests Information on Strategies for Data Management, Sharing, and Citation

On November 14, 2016, NIH released a Request for Information (below) that “is intended to be used to inform development of NIH policies pertaining to the management and sharing of digital scientific data generated from NIH-supported research.” NAHDAP encourages researchers to take a moment and comment on these important topics and to share this opportunity with other data producers and users so that they may submit their comments as well.

Comments on the topic areas of interest should be submitted electronically or mailed to: Office of Science Policy (OSP), National Institutes of Health, 6705 Rockledge Drive, Suite 750, Bethesda, MD 20892, or by fax to: 301-496-9839 by December 29, 2016.

Editor's note: The NIH Request for Information is as follows:

NIH Requests Information on Strategies for Data Management, Sharing, and Citation

Today (November 14, 2016), in the NIH Guide to Grants and Contracts, NIH published a Request for Information (RFI) that seeks public comments on strategies for data management, sharing, and citation in order to consider:

* what, when, and how data should be managed and shared; and,
* setting standards for citing shared data and software.

The complete RFI, as well as instructions on how to comment, can be found on the NIH OSP website. NIH will consider all public comments before taking next steps.
Additional information about the importance of this RFI can be found in an “Under the Poliscope” blog published today by Dr. Carrie D. Wolinetz, NIH Associate Director for Science Policy.
For more information, please contact the NIH Office of Science Policy by email or by telephone at 301-496-9838.

2016-11-23

FBI Statement on NIJ-Funded Studies


As of November 21st, 2016: At the request of the FBI, the National Institute of Justice (NIJ) has instructed NACJD to suspend the dissemination of NIJ-funded data collections containing person-level data from the FBI records. We anticipate the affected datasets will be made available as soon as they have been purged of such information. We regret any inconvenience this situation may cause. We will update this information when the affected datasets are again available. For more information, please contact nacjd@icpsr.umich.edu.

2016-11-15

Nov 16, 2016 Measuring America: An Overview of Black or African American Statistics

Description: This webinar will demonstrate how to locate statistics on the Black or African American population using American FactFinder (http://factfinder.census.gov), and using various Census surveys.
Date: 16 November 2016
Time: 2:00-3:00 p.m. (ET)
Log-in Link: https://census.webex.com/census/j.php?MTID=m2c7e5d5902bf100a4efe006df6b923e0Link to a non-federal Web site

Dial-in Info:
 1-888-989-4508
Passcode: 5537030 

2016-11-14

Video of CivicLEADS’s September Webinar and Reminder of this Week’s Webinar

CivicLEADS presented a webinar about the multi-disciplinary nature of civic education and engagement research during ICPSR’s Data Fair on September 29, 2016. The video of that webinar has now been released, and we are excited to share that with you.



We would also like to remind you that CivicLEADS will host another webinar this Thursday, November 17, 2016 from 3:00-3:45PM EST (12:00-12:45PM PST). The webinar will introduce researchers and students to the CivicLEADS project, website, and data tools. We will include a live demonstration of the website and its use in discovering datasets, variables, and publications related to civic learning, engagement, and action. The webinar will be of particular interest to researchers who are interested in analyzing CivicLEADS’s publicly-available data to explore topics including civic and political engagement, curricula and learning, social networks, media literacy, activism, and social movements. We will also show researchers how to archive and share your own primary research data through CivicLEADS.

We encourage you to register for the webinar today!

2016-11-07

CivicLEADS: Millennial voters’ backgrounds provide insights into civic behaviors

Digging Deeper into CivicLEADS dataV3.pngFor the first time in decades, the Baby Boomers and previous generations are predicted to pass the torch to a new generation of voters. The Pew Research Center reported in May that Census data show the number of voting-age Millennials to be nearly equal to the number of Baby Boomers. Another Pew report from August suggests that Millennial and Generation X voters may outnumber older generations at the polls during the 2016 presidential election.

Data from ICPSR’s Civic Learning, Engagement, and Action Data Sharing (CivicLEADS) project provides some insights into the civic behaviors of Millennials, who were as young as 14 when some of CivicLEADS's studies were conducted in the 1990s. We asked members of CivicLEADS’s advisory committee, who are also primary investigators of some of the archive’s studies on youth civic learning and engagement, about the effects Millennials’ backgrounds may have on their voting behavior.

"How does the analysis of Millennials' past youth civic education and engagement data help increase our understanding of their current and future political involvement and/or voting behavior?"

“Each national election offers a chance to study young people’s political socialization: to learn who grows into an active and effective citizen, and why,” said Peter Levine, the associate dean for research and Lincoln Filene Professor of Citizenship and Public Affairs at Tufts University. “Certain patterns have been generally consistent in election years for decades. For instance, young people who have more economic and social advantage tend to participate more; families, community groups, and schools affect young people’s civic knowledge and engagement; and often civic engagement begins with an invitation that turns into a habit.”

Judith Torney-Purta, professor emerita of Developmental Science and Educational Psychology at the University of Maryland, said the CivicLEADS dataset from the IEA Civic Education Study conducted with nationally representative samples of 14-year-olds in 28 countries in 1999 would be particularly useful. “These civic engagement data from nearly 20 years ago are relevant in understanding the attitudes and civic knowledge of individuals now in their 30s.”

As Pew’s analysis focuses on Millennials’ potential in this election, we won’t know their true impact until the election is over. As Levine said, “Analysis of survey and voting data in the 2012 election confirmed that school-based civic education increases students’ knowledge of politics, and explicit encouragement to vote increases turnout. At the same time, both the influences on civic engagement and the nature of politics are changing rapidly. For instance, social media influence youth and serve as a forum for politics. Therefore, it is important to update our understanding of political socialization with data from the 2016 election.”

Whatever the election’s outcome, CivicLEADS provides researchers with high-quality data to take a look back into the past of today’s Millennials to see what other stories the data will tell.

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By David Bleckley and Dory Knight-Ingram