Pioneering ICPSR data steward in Canada calls it a career

As ICPSR Official Representatives and Designated Representatives around the world prepare to head to Ann Arbor this fall for the 2015 Biennial ICPSR Meeting, ICPSR would like to take time to say thanks and congratulations to a longtime ICPSR data steward upon his retirement.

Walter Piovesan, a pioneering data guru at Simon Fraser University, helped shape SFU's and Canada’s digital landscape for almost four decades and is known for his expertise with maps, and GIS. He was also a longtime Official Representative and member of the ICPSR Council from 2004-2008.

Thanks Walter! And best wishes in your retirement.

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New Releases through 2015-08-30

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

New Additions



Information about SAMHDA restricted-use and public-use data

As of August 21, 2015, the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) contracted with a different vendor to distribute the restricted-use data from the National Survey on Drug Use and Health (NSDUH), restricted-use data from the Drug Abuse Warning Network (DAWN), and other SAMHDA restricted-use data. Questions about SAMHSA restricted-use data should be sent to samhda-support@samhsa.hhs.gov.

ICPSR continues to distribute public-use files created by the SAMHDA project as well as providing access to over 1,200 restricted-use data collections, including through the popular and high-quality ICPSR Virtual Data Enclave (VDE).

Users interested in drug abuse data should search the NAHDAP catalog. Users also interested in mental health data should search the ICPSR catalog.

Online analysis versions of the SAMHDA public-use data are also available for all studies that had them available on the previous SAMHDA website.

Latino National Survey (LNS) Focus Group Data, 2006 (ICPSR 29601)

The focus groups conducted by the research team for the project presented here offer precisely this convergence of both breadth and depth. The team used a common protocol to guide discussion in fifteen focus groups -- with more than 150 participants in nine cities across eight states -- that were designed to include Spanish and English-speaking respondents, in different regions of the country, with differing compositions by generation and country of origin. The number and range of the participants in these Latino focus groups are unique in the social science literature. This study presents the results of a unique data set, the results of fifteen focus groups conducted across the United States with Latino residents, including foreign-born -- both legal and undocumented immigrants and native-born. These data provide more range than allowed by the typical interview-based project and not only give key insights into Latino residents' thoughts about community, language, discrimination, ties to their countries of origin, and the like, but also provide some sense of participants' explanations of their reasoning and motivations, something not achievable through structured survey data alone.


Latino National Survey (LNS)--New England, 2006 (ICPSR 24502)

The Latino National Survey (LNS)--New England is the New England extension of the LATINO NATIONAL SURVEY (LNS), 2006 (ICPSR 20862), which was conducted in 2005-2006. The Latino National Survey (LNS)--New England contains 1,200 completed interviews (unweighted) of self-identified Latino/Hispanic residents of the United States. The questionnaire is the same as that used in the original LNS. Interviewing began on November 17, 2005, and continued through August 4, 2006. The survey instrument contained approximately 165 distinct items ranging from demographic descriptions to political attitudes and policy preferences, as well as a variety of social indicators and experiences. All interviewers were bilingual, English and Spanish. Respondents were greeted in both languages and were immediately offered the opportunity to interview in either language. Interviewers also provided a consent script that allowed respondents to opt out of the survey. Demographic variables include age, ancestry, birthplace, education level, ethnicity, marital status, military service, number of people in the household, number of children under the age of 18 living in the household, political party affiliation, political ideology, religiosity, religious preference, race, and sex.

Four weight variables were added to these data. They are WT_METRO, WT_STATE, WT_NATIO, and WT_NATIO_CALIB. Part 1: Variable labels and value labels were updated to better match the LNS 2006 variables. The values for the variables RZIP were recoded to 99999 to minimize the risk of respondent identification. Part 2: Created restricted use version that includes the values of the variable RZIP.


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New Releases through 2015-08-23

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



ICPSR Announces the 2015 Warren E. Miller Award and William H. Flanigan Award Winners


The Inter-university Consortium for Political and Social Research is proud to announce that James Jackson and Gary King have been named the 2015 Miller Award winners, and Michael Martinez has been named the 2015 Flanigan Award Winner.

Jackson was Director of the University of Michigan's renowned Institute for Social Research (ISR) from 2005 to 2015. He is a research professor at the Research Center for Group Dynamics, ISR, Professor of Afroamerican and African Studies and the Daniel Katz Distinguished University Professor of Psychology. Jackson's research focuses on issues of racial and ethnic influences on life course development, attitude change, reciprocity, social support, and coping and health among blacks in the Diaspora.

King is an Albert J. Weatherhead III University Professor of Government at Harvard University and director of Harvard's Institute for Quantitative Social Science. His more than 150 journal articles, 20 open source software packages, and 8 books span most aspects of political methodology, many fields of political science, and several other scholarly disciplines. His work is widely read across scholarly fields and beyond academia.

Martinez is a Professor of Political Science at the University of Florida. His broad research interests include the relationship between partisanship, issue preferences, and voter choice, as well as the causes and consequences of voter participation. Martinez has been the ICSPR Official Representative at the University of Florida since the mid-1990s. He also serves as the ICPSR coordinator for the Florida federation, a consortium of ten universities.

The Warren E. Miller Award for Meritorious Service to the Social Sciences was initiated in 1993 to recognize individuals who have had a profound impact on social science research and infrastructure. The William H. Flanigan Award for Distinguished Service as an ICPSR Official Representative was established in 1995 and is intended to acknowledge the contributions of individuals representing ICPSR member institutions. Read more on the awards and previous award winners.

Awards will be presented to each of the honorees at the 2015 Biennial ICPSR Meeting on Thursday, October 1.