ICPSR webinar: guidance on preparing a data management plan

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Many federal funding agencies, including NIH and most recently NSF, are requiring that grant applications contain data management plans for projects involving data collection. To support researchers in meeting this requirement, ICPSR is providing a set of tools and resources for creating data management plans. This webinar will cover:

  • ICPSR's *data management plan Web site*
  • Suggested elements of a data management plan
  • Examples of data management plan language
  • Designating ICPSR as an Archive in a data management plan
  • Additional resources for preparing a data management plan

This webinar is a repeat of the January 12, 2011 session. The same topics and discussion will be covered.

The webinar is free and open to the public -- please forward this invitation to any who may be interested.

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Title: ICPSR Webinar: Guidance on Preparing a Data Management Plan
Date: Thursday, February 17, 2011
Time: 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM EST

After registering you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the Webinar.

System Requirements

PC-based attendees
Required: Windows® 7, Vista, XP or 2003 Server

Macintosh®-based attendees
Required: Mac OS® X 10.4.11 (Tiger®) or newer

ICPSR Council member discusses data management plans

ICPSR Council member *Sayeed Choudhury* of Johns Hopkins University was recently interviewed in the Chronicle of Higher Education on the subject of NSF’s new rules on data management plans. The NSF now requires researchers to submit data management plans with all grant proposals.

Choudhury answered questions on the implications of the new requirements, and reactions of research scientists. The article was published January 28, 2011.

CMGPD Training Workshop

A workshop to provide training in the use of CMGPD-LN is tentatively planned for July 25-August 12 at Shanghai Jiaotong University, in Shanghai, China. The workshop will be taught by Cameron Campbell. Students will learn how to use the data to carry out event-history analysis of key social and demographic outcomes such as marriage, mortality, reproduction, household division, migration, and status attainment. Students will also learn how to manipulate the data to create variables related to their interests. Readings will include documentation for the CMGPD-LN, and publications that used the CMGPD-LN. Students will carry out exercises manipulating and analyzing the data, and will complete and present a small project. For more information, contact Cameron Campbell at camcam@ucla.edu.

AAS - Hawaii

Look for us at the Association for Asian Studies Conference in Honolulu, March 31-April 3, 2011 in the Hong Kong University of Science and Technology booth. Aloha!

Restricted data available

The Liaoning Restricted File containing village name and geographic coordinates, and individuals' names is now available. A Restricted Data Contract must be completed before these data can be downloaded. See the Data tab for more information. Instructions for merging to the Liaoning Basic File are included in the download.

New Releases through 2011-01-30

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




RCMD has audio interviews available.


Case study: Assessing Long-term Access from Short-term Digitization Projects

The Digital Preservation Coalition (DPC) released an interesting case study on Assessing Long-term Access from Short-term Digitization Projects, written by Patricia Sleeman of the Digital Preservation Training Programme (DPTP) in the United Kingdom.

The findings in the case study are based on the results of interviews with JISC-funded digitization projects, recommending basic risk management for increasing the longevity of digital content produced by digitization projects. The DPTP case study builds on the curriculum of the Digital Preservation Management (DPM) workshops and their core concepts, e.g., the three-legged stool and five stages model for developing sustainable digital preservation programs. The DPM workshops and the model were developed in 2003 at Cornell University Library by Anne Kenney and Nancy McGovern. McGovern is currently ICPSR‘s Digital Preservation Officer, and ICPSR now hosts the DPM workshops.

New Releases through 2011-01-23

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 and Renmin University in Beijing sign partnership agreement

ICPSR is pleased to announce a partnership with Renmin University of China in Beijing.

Under an agreement signed Jan. 20, Renmin University will become a hub for distributing ICPSR data and services to other institutions in China. ICPSR will also help Renmin University to develop user support capabilities for Chinese-speaking data users.

“Developing a relationship with Renmin University is very important to us,” said ICPSR acting director George Alter. “We strongly support their efforts to encourage the social sciences in China, and to build data archiving and analysis facilities for Chinese researchers.”

Professor Yuan Wei, senior vice president of Renmin University and director of its National Survey Research Center, said there is a new emphasis on dissemination of research data in China.

“The social sciences and natural sciences pay more and more attention to data,” he said, adding that there is a growing sense that research data should be available to the public.

The agreement with Renmin University is in addition to other ICPSR members in China and Hong Kong, including a federation coordinated by Beijing University.


Web server maintenance this weekend

ICPSR will conduct system maintenance this weekend; this move will affect our core database, which drives much of our Web site. At several points during this upcoming weekend we may need to temporarily halt production computing systems, or even reboot systems. There will be several brief (less than 5 minutes) outages.

This maintenance will affect the ICPSR Web site. Our apologies for any inconvenience this may cause.


Webinar on data management plans available on Web

The ICPSR *Webinar on data management plans* (WMV 45MB) presented by Amy Pienta, director of data acquisitions, is now available for viewing. *Slides* (PPT 1.5MB) are also available.

Held Jan. 12, the session was the best-attended ICPSR Webinar ever, with 535 attendees. The topic has received significant attention in recent months, as the National Science Foundation announced last year that it would require data management plans with all grant applications for projects that will produce data.

The ICPSR Webinar covered the following issues:

  • ICPSR’s data management plan Web site
  • Suggested elements of a data management plan
  • Examples of data management plan language
  • Designating ICPSR as an Archive in a data management plan
  • Additional resources for preparing a data management plan.

Research Paper Competition winners announced

ICPSR is pleased to announce the winners of our 2010 Research Paper Competitions.

Evangeleen Pattison won the first-place award in the undergraduate competition with her paper “The Expansion of Higher Education: Access and Opportunity or Exclusion and Stratification?” Pattison, who was a student at the City College of New York when she wrote the paper, used data from the National Survey of Midlife Development to examine the dynamics of college educational attainment. Pattison is now enrolled in a master’s/Ph.D program at University of Texas.

Katie Farina of the University of Delaware won first place in the master’s student competition with her paper “The Effects of Situational Crime Prevention and Crime and Fear among College Campuses and Students.” The paper uses data from the National Longitudinal Survey of Youth.

Other winners in the undergraduate contest were Mathew Michaels of the University of Florida, who took second place with the paper “Americans’ Ever-Changing Attitudes toward Homosexuality,” and third-place winner Evelyn Williams of Kent State University at Stark for her paper “Satisfaction of Needs and Well-Being: An Application of Maslow’s Hierarchy of Needs to the Population of Kenya.”

Second place in the master’s competition was won by Boning Cao of Baruch College, for the paper titled “Is Higher Cognitive Ability Associated with a More Stable Marriage?”

The first-place winners received $1,000; the second-place prize is $750; and third is $500.

ICPSR is holding three competitions this year, two for undergraduates (one sponsored by ICPSR, and one by the Resource Center for Minority Data), and one for master’s students.


Collins takes over as IFSS project manager

Emily Gray Collins has been appointed the new project manager for the Integrated Fertility Survey Series project at ICPSR, taking over from Christopher Ward.

She will lead the next stages of the IFSS project, continuing the process of harmonizing data from 10 independent surveys on fertility and family issues taken over five decades.

“I’m truly excited to be part of this historic effort to provide a unique, readily accessible, and easy to use collection of data on fertility and the family that allows users of all skill levels to study changes in family life over the last 50 years,” Collins said. “IFSS will be a valuable resource for the research community for years to come.”

Collins’ research has focused on fertility issues including current work on the effects of the 1965 Supreme Court case Griswold v. Connecticut, which overturned a law against contraceptive use by married couples, and the affordability and use of the birth control pill using evidence from the Deficit Reduction Act of 2005.

Collins holds a bachelor’s degree in mathematical economic analysis and computational and applied mathematics from Rice University; a general course certificate from the London School of Economics; and master’s degrees in industrial and operations engineering and in economics from the University of Michigan. She is a Ph.D. candidate in economics at U-M.

Collins can be reached at emgray@umich.edu.


NAHDAP releases Inmate Pre-Release Assessment, 2001

The National Addiction & HIV Data Archive Program is pleased to announce the public-use release of the Inmate Pre-Release Assessment 2001, a post-release survey from the Criminal Justice Drug Abuse Treatment Studies (CJ-DATS).
The IPASS was developed specifically as a post-release risk measure for prison-based substance abuse treatment graduates by taking into account the inmates' historical drug use and criminal activity, as well as his or her performance during the prison-based treatment program.

PRONOM expands its database

The UK National Archive has expanded its PRONOM technical registry, thanks to a successful partnership with Georgia Tech Research Institute and the U.S. National Archives and Records Administration (NARA).

The PRONOM registry includes details about more than 750 different digital file formats; for nearly a third of entries, this includes the format’s unique internal signature.

File format identifying tools such as DROID use this information to determine the types of files that are present on a computer or hard drive. Over 50 signatures have been added to the database because of the collaboration, with more expected this year.

ICPSR releases data on NCAA graduation rates

ICPSR is pleased to announce the release of the NCAA Division I and II Graduation Success Rate, 1995-2002 dataset.

The release is the second from ICPSR’s NCAA Student-Athlete Experiences Data Archive, established in 2010 to make data available to the public that has been collected by the National Collegiate Athletic Association. The NCAA’s goal in providing the data is to help answer research questions posed by college presidents, athletics personnel, faculty, student-athlete groups, the media, and others in the higher-education community.

Traditionally, data on graduation rates and academic achievement for student-athletes have been released each year. Packaging several years of data together helps foster multiple types of analysis that were previously more difficult.

The newly released dataset contains measurements of federally defined graduation rates; Division I Graduation Success Rates (GSR) for student-athletes who transfer in to a given institution, discounting those who separate from that institution who would have been academically ineligible if they had returned; and Division II Academic Success Rates (ASR), which is identical to GSR except that it also includes freshmen who did not receive athletic aid but participated in athletics.

The federal and NCAA measures of academic success for student-athletes are presented side-by-side with similar data for the student body as a whole to aid in analytic comparisons within and across each population.

The first dataset released by the Student-Athlete Experiences Data Archive was the NCAA Division I Academic Progress Rate, 2009.

The NCAA expects to release more data through the ICPSR archive in the near future.

New Releases through 2011-01-09

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



NCAA Graduation Success Rate Data

The NCAA Division I and II Graduation Success Rate and Academic Success Rate, 1995-2002 [United States] public-use dataset is ready for download and online analysis.

Consensus Report on LGBT Suicide and Suicide Risk Released

An expert panel of 26 leading researchers, clinicians, educators and policy experts have released a comprehensive report on the prevalence and underlying causes of suicidal behavior in lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender adolescents and adults. The panel includes 4 LGBT Pop Center affiliated scientists including Center Director Judith Bradford, Rob Garofalo, Tonda Hughes and Margaret Rosario. The panel was assembled by the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention.The report will be published as the lead article in the January 2011 issue of the Journal of Homosexuality. The article is currently available online and available free by clicking on the "i Open Access" icon. The article will appear in print on Jan. 19.

Titled "Suicide and Suicide Risk in Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender Populations: Review and Recommendations," the report makes sweeping recommendations for closing knowledge gaps about suicidal behavior in LGBT people, and calls for making LGBT suicide prevention a national priority.

"With this report and recommendations, we hope to move LGBT suicide prevention squarely onto the national agenda and provide a framework for actions aimed at reducing suicidal behavior in these populations," said Dr. Ann Haas, lead author and director of prevention projects for AFSP. "It's time for the federal government, suicide prevention agencies, mental health professionals, policy makers and LGBT organizations to join together to bring this problem out of the closet and work toward effective solutions."

Despite four decades of research pointing to elevated rates of suicide attempts among LGBT people, national suicide prevention initiatives, including the 2001 National Strategy for Suicide Prevention, have given scant attention to suicide risk in sexual minority persons.

Key Findings and Recommendations

  • The report cites strong research evidence of significantly elevated rates of lifetime reported suicide attempts among LGBT adolescents and adults, compared to comparably-aged heterosexual persons. However, the authors found limited empirical evidence of higher rates of suicide deaths in LGBT people, mostly because sexual orientation and gender identity are not indicated on death records in the U.S. and most other countries.
  • Although multiple studies point to elevated rates of depression, anxiety and substance abuse among sexual minority people, the panel found that these problems, by themselves, do not account for the higher rates of suicide attempts that have been reported by LGBT people. Thus, the consensus report identified stigma and discrimination as playing a key role, especially acts such as rejection or abuse by family members or peers, bullying and harassment, denunciation from religious communities and individual discrimination. The report also highlighted evidence that discriminatory laws and public policies have a profound negative impact on the mental health of gay adults.
  • In a series of recommendations, the consensus panel called on LGBT organizations to lead efforts to encourage early identification of depression, anxiety, substance abuse and other mental disorders among LGBT people, and push for the development and testing of a wider range of culturally-appropriate mental health treatments and suicide prevention initiatives.
  • The consensus panel called for revision of diagnoses pertaining to transgender people in the 5th edition of the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual (due out in 2013) to affirm that gender identity, expression and behavior that differ from birth sex is not indicative of a mental disorder.
  • Other recommendations focus on improving information about LGBT people by measuring sexual orientation and gender identity in all national health surveys in which respondents' privacy can be adequately protected, and encouraging researchers to include such measures in general population studies related to suicide and mental health.

AFSP spearheaded the development of this report, which emerged from a consensus conference on LGBT suicide risk sponsored by the Foundation, the Gay and Lesbian Medical Association and the Suicide Prevention Resource Center. The report is part of AFSP's LGBT suicide prevention effort, which is funded by a grant from the Johnson Family Foundation. To learn more, go to www.afsp.org/lgbt.


Registration open for webinar on data management plans

Online registration is open for the upcoming ICPSR webinar titled “Guidance on Preparing a Data Management Plan.”

Presented by Amy Pienta, ICPSR’s director of data acquisitions, the webinar will cover:

  • ICPSR’s *data management plan Web site*
  • Suggested elements of a data management plan
  • Examples of data management plan language
  • Designating ICPSR as an Archive in a data management plan
  • Additional resources for preparing a data management plan

Many federal funding agencies, including NIH and most recently NSF, are requiring that grant applications include data management plans if the project involves data collections. This webinar is meant to support researchers in meeting this requirement.

The webinar is scheduled for Wednesday, January 12, 2011, from noon to 1 p.m., EST.


NAHDAP disseminating restricted-use data on acquisition and transmission of HIV

The National Addiction & HIV Data Archive Program is pleased to announce the release of its first restricted-use dataset on HIV, the Sexual Acquisition and Transmission of HIV Cooperative Agreement Program (SATHCAP), 2006-2008.

SATHCAP is a multisite study designed to assess the role of drug use in the sexual transmission of HIV from high-risk groups, such as gay men and drug users, to lower-risks groups, such as non-drug-using sexual partners.

The dataset is the second restricted-use release by NAHDAP, which archives and disseminates data from research funded by the National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA).

To access the data, users must first set up a MyData account, and then fill out a Restricted Use Contract Data application.

Please contact Sabrina Bauroth at savripas@umich.edu or 734-615-7827 if you have any questions about the SATHCAP Restricted Use Contract application.