New Releases through 2011-02-27

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



Webinar on inquiry-based learning available for viewing

ICPSR’s webinar on inquiry-based learning using resources from TeachingWithData.org is now *available* (WMV, 68.2 MB) for viewing. *Slides* (PPT, 3.1 MB) are also available.

The webinar provides ways to integrate inquiry-based learning, which instructors continue to find promotes greater student interest and learning, into social science courses. The session is presented by Lynnette Hoelter, ICPSR’s director of instructional resources.

The teaching resources presented are easy to use and fit within almost any course structure.


NAHDAP team to update NIDA officials

NAHDAP Director James McNally and Research Investigator Jeremy Albright will make presentations to officials from the National Institute on Drug Abuse on Feb. 23 in Rockville, Md.

Albright will present an overview of the relationship between ICPSR and NAHDAP and how the archival model encourages data sharing and preservation of research information.

McNally will provide an overview of NAHDAP and its progress over the first year of the archive’s existence.

NAHDAP is funded by NIDA with the goal of archiving, preserving, and disseminating data resulting from NIDA-supported research.

New Releases through 2011-02-20

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



Summer Program courses open for registration!

ICPSR is pleased to announce the 2011 Summer Program in Quantitative Methods of Social Research with workshops and lectures on a wide variety of topics in research design, quantitative reasoning, statistical methods, and data processing.

The First Session:  June 20, 2011 to July 15, 2011   (location = Ann Arbor, MI)

Second Session:  July 18, 2011 to August 12, 2011   (location = Ann Arbor, MI)

Three to Five Day workshops on both statistical and substantive topics:  various dates throughout the summer.

Location:  most of these shorter workshops will take place in Ann Arbor, but there are several that will be held in other locations: Amherst, MA; Bloomington, IN; Chapel Hill, NC; and (for the first time) Berkeley, CA.

Registration, fee structure, and further information about the ICPSR Summer Program are all available on our web site.

Please feel free to e mail us with any further questions at: sumprog@icpsr.umich.edu


All classes are held in Ann Arbor, MI, unless otherwise noted.

First Four Week Session (June 20 - July 15, 2011)


Mathematics for Social Scientists, I

Mathematics for Social Scientists, II

Introduction to Computing

Introduction to the R Statistical Computing Environment

Introduction to the LaTeX Text Processing System


Introduction to Applied Bayesian Modeling for the Social Sciences

Introduction to Game Theory

Maximum Likelihood for Generalized Linear Models

Methodological Issues in Quantitative Research on Race and Ethnicity

Network Analysis

Quantitative Analysis of Crime and Criminal Justice

Rational Choice Theories of Politics and Society

Regression Analysis I: Introduction

Regression Analysis II: Linear Models

Scaling and Dimensional Analysis

Introduction to Statistics and Data Analysis, I

Time Series Analysis

Second Four Week Session (July 18 August 12, 2011)


Introduction to Computing

Introductory/Review Lectures on Matrix Algebra

Introduction to the R Statistical Computing Environment

Introduction to the LaTeX Text Processing System


Advanced Bayesian Models for the Social Sciences

Categorical Data Analysis

Causal Inference for the Social Sciences

Complex Systems Models in the Social Sciences

Advanced Game Theory

Longitudinal Analysis

Longitudinal Analysis of Historical Demographic Data

Advanced Topics in Maximum Likelihood Estimation

Applied Multilevel Models

Advanced Multivariate Statistical Methods

Regression Analysis II: Linear Models

Regression Analysis III: Advanced Methods

Simultaneous Equation Models

Introduction to Statistics and Data Analysis, II

Structural Equation Models with Latent Variables

The Hubert M. Blalock Lecture Series in Advanced Methods of Social Research (Preliminary List of Topics)

Data Mining

Latent Class Analysis

Missing Data: Statistical Analysis of Data with Incomplete Observations

Statistical Graphics for Visualizing Data

Three to Five Day Statistical Workshops

Analyzing Developmental Trajectories (June 6-8, Amherst, MA)

Mixed Methods: Approaches for Combining Quantitative and Qualitative Research

      Strategies (June 6-8, Chapel Hill, NC)

Panel Data Analysis Using SAS and SPSS (June 6-10)

Estimating Geometric Models of Choice and Judgment (June 13-17)

Hierarchical Linear Models I: Introduction (June 13-17, Amherst, MA)

Network Analysis: An Introduction (June 13-17)

Missing Data: An Introduction to the Analysis of Incomplete Data Sets (June 15-17, Bloomington, IN)

Advanced Network Analysis (June 20-24)

Doing Bayesian Data Analysis: An Introduction (June 20-24)

Causal Inference in the Social Sciences: Matching, Propensity Scores, and Other Strategies (June 27-July 1, Berkeley, CA)

Structural Equation Models and Latent Variables: An Introduction (June 27-July 1)

Monte Carlo Simulation and Resampling Methods (June 27-July 1, Chapel Hill, NC)

Applied Multilevel Models using SAS and SPSS (July 11-15)

Item Response Theory (July 11-15)

Introduction to Spatial Regression Analysis (July 11-15, Chapel Hill, NC)

Models for Categorical Outcomes Using Stata: Specification, Estimation, and Interpretation (July 11-15, Berkeley, CA)

Panel Data Analysis Using Stata (July 18-22)

Social Network Analysis: An Introduction (July 18-22, Chapel Hill, NC)

Time Series Analysis: An Introduction for Social Scientists (July 18-22)

Categorical Data Analysis: A Second Course (July 25-29)

Designing, Conducting, and Analyzing Field Experiments (August 1-5)

Latent Growth Curve Models (LGCM): A Structural Equation Modeling Approach (August 1-5, Chapel Hill, NC)

Spatial Econometrics: Statistical Models of Interdependence Among Observations (August 15-19)

Analyzing Multilevel and Mixed Models Using Stata (August 15 19)

Network Analysis: A Second Course (August 17-19)

Hierarchical Linear Models II: Special Topics (Dates TBD)


Webinar on data management plans available for viewing

ICPSR's second *webinar on data management plans* (WMV 51MB) presented by Amy Pienta, director of data acquisitions, is now available for viewing. *Slides* (PPT 1.6MB) are also available.

Held Feb. 17, the session updated the ICPSR webinar on the same topic held in January. 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.

Pienta also answers questions from previous webinar participants on her *blog*.

NACJD Summer Program

The ICPSR Summer Program in Quantitative Methods of Social Research is now accepting applications for the 2011 course, "Quantitative Analysis of Crime and Criminal Justice Data," sponsored by the Bureau of Justice Statistics and administered by NACJD. Full information about the course, deadlines, and application procedures (.doc) can be found here.

ICPSR researcher contributes to South African data management framework

ICPSR’s Digital Preservation Officer *Nancy McGovern* has written two sections of the newly released "Managing Digital Collection: A Collaborative Initiative on the South African Framework" published by the National Research Foundation of South Africa.

McGovern wrote chapters on "Community Practices" and "Digital Preservation" for the framework document, which is meant to provide data producers with high-level principles for managing data throughout the digital collection life cycle.

McGovern will present workshops on the chapters in Pretoria, South Africa, Feb. 21-25.



Registration open for webinar on inquiry-based learning

Tired of the tried-and-true?

If you’ve hit the point in the semester where your classes have fallen into routines and you’d like to spice things up a bit, this webinar is for you! Inquiry-based learning is becoming an academic buzz-word as instructors continue to find that this technique promotes greater student interest and learning. We will show how to use resources in TeachingWithData.org to bring inquiry into social science courses beyond research methods. (Maybe we’ll even slip in some hints about using it in methods/statistics courses as well!) Resources demonstrated will be easy to use and fit within almost any course structure.

Registration is open for this webinar, which is free and open to the public.


New Releases through 2011-02-13

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



PI Interviews

As part of RCMD's efforts to expand its collection, we have approached PI’s and convince them of the benefits of data sharing and a relative limited time demand on them to deposit their study with RCMD. From the spring 2010 to the present, we have been successful in receiving study deposits of both contemporary and policy relevant data. We have been identifying systematically more of such type of studies. The PI interviews serve as a personal dimension of this effort. That is, interviewing PI's of recently deposited studies enables us to accent the deposit experience with RCMD. In addition, we ask the PI about his/her research experiences, origins for their interest in conducting research and advice for other researchers.

We have conducted structured interviews (same set of questions) for each PI via the telephone. The interviews were recorded and transcribed. So on our web page, a visitor can see excerpts of each interview and be linked to the full interview transcript and a "podcast" of each one. We completed another one with Ruth Peterson (Ohio State University) which will be added to our working lists. As newer studies are processed and released, we plan to interview those PI's.


ICPSR highlights Egypt data

ICPSR holds several datasets that can shed light on recent events in Egypt. They include:

Other Egypt-related datasets address issues related to aging, crime, international aid, and other social and economic indicators.


Integrated Fertility Survey Series (IFSS) publishes second data release

The Integrated Fertility Survey Series (IFSS) project at ICPSR is pleased to announce the release of its second harmonized dataset, which updates the first release and adds variables related to union history, cohabitation and husband/partner sociodemographics. The dataset combines information from 10 surveys and over 71,000 respondents spanning 1955 to 2002 into harmonized variables for easy analysis.

The harmonized data are available for download on the Data and Documentation page, and can be explored and extracted from the Harmonized Data Extracts page. Online analysis via SDA is coming soon.

Please note that all IFSS data releases are beta versions provided for users to begin using the data before the final version is released in late 2012. As such, they are subject to change and may contain small inconsistencies. If you notice any problems with the data, please contact the IFSS team at IFSSGroup@umich.edu so that we may fix them.

Integrated search now available

On Monday, February 7, ICPSR deployed a new version of the traditional study search, which we're calling the integrated search. This new search queries not just our study-level metadata records, but also the variables in the data, citations for related literature, and the full text of the documentation files.

Users are likely to find that the top ten to twenty results will be more targeted and useful. Furthermore, queries that previously returned no results may now return some hits, as matches can be found in the variable text. In general the new integrated search will return more results.

To facilitate managing the larger result sets, ICPSR has added a few new functions to the study results page:

  • We've added links that automatically take you to the first and last pages of your result set.

  • You can now choose to display 50 or 100 results per page.

  • The right column of each result will now provide additional information if you sort by release date, number of downloads, or number of citations.

  • The time period facet has been modified so that users can simply enter a start year and an end year.

If you have any questions, please don't hesitate to contact us at web-support@icpsr.umich.edu.

New Releases through 2011-02-06

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



NAHDAP releases two datasets

The National Addiction & HIV Data Archive Program is pleased to announce the public-use release of two datasets from the Criminal Justice Drug Abuse Studies (CJ-DATS).

The HIV/Hepatitis Prevention for Re-Entering Drug Offenders surveyed former prison inmates in two groups: one received standard, one-hour, CDC intervention to track their possible illicit activity upon release, while the other received CJ-DATS Targeted Intervention, which is more interactive. The goal was to determine if there were differences in behavior based on the type of intervention received.

The Detention to Community dataset tracked juvenile offenders with history of drug abuse, and also splits them into two groups: one received standard services, and the other went through Multi-Dimensional Family Therapy. The goals were to determine the best, targeted services to address drug abuse, delinquency, and sexual risk taking among juveniles released from detention facilities; to test innovative intervention which link in-detention and outpatient services; and to test a family-based HIV/AIDS prevention program.

These releases continue NAHDAP’s mission to acquire, preserve and disseminate data relevant to drug addiction and HIV research funded by the National Institute on Drug Abuse.


ICPSR blog on data management plans

ICPSR has launched a new blog titled *ICPSR Guidance on Data Management Plans*. The blog features ICPSR staff answers to questions ICPSR receives about how to write an effective data management plan. The blog is also a starting point for community discussion about writing data management plans. The Data Management Plan blog is the next in a series of help tools that ICPSR has created to assist the research community in preparing data management plans to meet the requirements of NSF and NIH.