2011-10-31

NYT: Quantitative literacy in demand in job market

A New York Times article published Sunday titled "Ad Companies Face a Widening Talent Gap" outlines the problems employers are having finding job candidates with quantitative skills.

Statistical analysis is one of the skills advertising agencies are having trouble finding, the article said, and employers often search for months to find appropriate candidates.

The piece goes on: "The digital talent gap is driven in part by the enormous amount of user data that ad tech companies are collecting for agencies and marketers -- data that is instrumental in directing ads to consumers and analyzing trends. New hires are needed for a variety of tasks, including writing code, creating digital advertisements, Web site development and statistical analysis."

ICPSR provides many opportunities for undergraduate and graduate students to hone their quantitative skills, including the Summer Program, TeachingWithData.org, and the Online Learning Center.

New Releases through 2011-10-30

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

Updates

2011-10-27

Pop Center Trainees Present at APHA

Several Pop Center current and former trainees will be presenting on LGBT health topics at the 2011 American Public Health Association meetings. See below for details. Congrats to all the trainees!

Grant W. Farmer [2] [3], Moderator, Special Topics in LGBT Health - Wednesday, November 2, 2011: 12:30 PM.

Grant W. Farmer [2][3], Jennifer M. Jabson [2] [4], Kathleen K. Bucholz, Deborah Bowen, Sexual Minority Women and Cardiovascular Disease Risk: A population-based study-- Tuesday, November 1, 2011: 10:50 AM.

Kristi E. Gamarel [1], Sari L. Reisner, Jeffrey T. Parsons, Sarit A. Golub, Perceived discrimination due to socioeconomic status is associated with psychological distress among a community-based sample of urban men who have sex with men (MSM) in New York City: Implications for mental health - Monday, October 31, 2011: 4:30 PM.

Jeremy Grey[2], Simon Rosser, Joseph A. Konstan, Alex Iantaffi, Integrating Automatic Flagging and Manual Inspection to Efficiently Identify Fraudulent Entries in Online Survey Research -- Wednesday, November 2, 2011: 12:30 PM.

Carter A. Lennon [3], Tania B. Huedo-Medina, Daniel P. Gerwien, Blair T. Johnson, Do women's levels of depression moderate sexual risk behavior change in HIV prevention interventions? A meta-analysis - Wednesday, November 2, 2011.

Derrick D. Matthews [2], John R. Blosnich [2][4], Grant W. Farmer [2][3], Identifying disparities among lesbian, gay, and bisexual populations (i.e., sexual minorities) hinges upon measurement of sexual orientation and its subsequent operationalization -- Monday, October 31, 2011 02:30 PM - 03:30 PM.

Brian Dodge, Phillip Schnarrs [3], Michael Reece, Omar Martinez, David Malebranche, Gabriel Goncalves, Barbara Van Der Pol, Ryan Nix, J. Dennis Fortenberry, Sexual Behaviors and Experiences among Bisexual Men in the Midwestern United States -- Monday, October 31, 2011.

Omar Martinez, Brian Dodge, Guadalupe Kelle, Miguel Muñoz-Laboy, Michael Reece, Phillip Schnarrs [3], David Malebranche, Gabriel Goncalves, Barbara Van Der Pol, J. Dennis Fortenberry, Sexual Health and Access to Care: Voices from Bisexual Latino Men in the Midwestern United States -- Tuesday, November 1, 2011: 10:30 AM.

Brian Dodge, Phillip Schnarrs [3], Gabriel Goncalves, Michael Reece, Omar Martinez, David Malebranche, Ryan Nix, Barbara Van Der Pol, J. Dennis Fortenberry, Administering Sexual Health-Related Services to Bisexual Men: Privacy, Trust, and Appropriate Messaging -- Tuesday, November 1, 2011: 11:30 AM.

Brian Dodge, Phillip Schnarrs [3], Michael Reece, Omar Martinez, David Malebranche, Gabriel Goncalves, Barbara Van Der Pol, Ryan Nix, J. Dennis Fortenberry, Community Based Research in "Hidden" Communities: Understanding Individual and Social Health Concerns among Bisexual Men -- Monday, October 31, 2011: 12:50 PM.

Judy Y. Tan [3], Tania Huedo-Medina, Michelle Warren, Michael P. Carey, Blair T. Johnson, PhD, Efficacy of HIV/AIDS Prevention Interventions in Asia, 1995-2009: A Meta-Analysis -- Monday, October 31, 2011: 8:30 AM.

[1] Summer Institute 2011

[2] Summer Institute 2010

[3] Pop Center Pre-Doctoral Mentoring Program (Current)

[4] Pop Center Pre-Doctoral Mentoring Program (Graduate)

2010 Monitoring the Future (MTF) Released

Monitoring the Future is an ongoing study of the behaviors, attitudes, and values of American secondary school students, college students, and young adults. Each year, a total of approximately 50,000 8th, 10th and 12th grade students are surveyed (12th graders since 1975, and 8th and 10th graders since 1991). In addition, annual follow-up questionnaires are mailed to a sample of each graduating class for a number of years after their initial participation. The Monitoring the Future Study has been funded under a series of investigator-initiated competing research grants from the National Institute on Drug Abuse, a part of the National Institutes of Health. MTF is conducted at the Survey Research Center in the Institute for Social Research at the University of Michigan.

The data and documentation files for both the 2010 MTF 8th/10th and 12th grade studies have been released and are available for download. The 12th grade core data file is also available for online analysis. The SDA codebooks for both studies can be accessed on SAMHDA's SDA Codebooks page.

Access the 2010 MTF 8th/10th Grade study:
http://www.icpsr.umich.edu/icpsrweb/SAMHDA/studies/30984

Access the 2010 MTF 12th Grade study:
http://www.icpsr.umich.edu/icpsrweb/SAMHDA/studies/30985

Access all available years of MTF:
http://www.icpsr.umich.edu/icpsrweb/SAMHDA/series/35

2011-10-26

ICPSR's Bryan Beecher to co-host webinar on cloud computing

Bryan Beecher, director of ICPSR’s Computing and Network Services, will co-host a webinar on using cloud computing technology for archiving and preservation.

The webinar, scheduled for Nov. 2, will include Beecher and Michele Kimpton, CEO of DuraSpace and project director of its DuraCloud project. The title is “Using DuraCloud for Archiving & Preservation.”

Space is limited. For more information, including how to register, visit Beecher’s Technology at ICPSR blog.

2011-10-25

Videos available of 2011 OR Meeting

In case you missed it....

We are pleased to announce that videos of many of the sessions from the 2011 Official Representatives Meeting held in Ann Arbor Oct. 5-7 are available for viewing on the ICPSR Web site.

Videos, a list of speakers, and presenters’ slides *can be accessed* for the following sessions:

  • All Things Confidential -- ICPSR’s Secure Data Services
  • Practicing Data Stewardship -- Data Citation and Data Management Plans
  • It’s Complicated -- Complex Survey Data and Recent Harmonization Efforts at ICPSR
  • Promoting ICPSR -- Engaging your Campus with Data
  • The 2010 Census and American Community Survey
  • ICPSR’s Bio-Future
  • The Founding Archives of ICPSR
  • ICPSR in Education -- From Undergraduate to Graduate and Beyond
  • A New Generation of Public Archives at ICPSR
  • ICPSR Web Tools -- Better Searching for Better Results

In addition, video is also available for the business meeting presentation from ICPSR Director George Alter in which he outlined the current state of the consortium.

Also, the symposium held Oct. 6 featuring a talk by Myron Gutmann, former ICPSR Director and current Assistant Director for Social Behavioral and Economic Sciences for the National Science Foundation, can be viewed. After Gutmann’s talk, a panel discussion was held with:

  • Thomas LaVeist, Center for Health Disparities Solutions, Johns Hopkins University
  • Barbara Schneider, College of Education and the Department of Sociology, Michigan State University
  • Tom Smith, National Opinion Research Center, University of Chicago
  • Christopher Zorn, Political Science, Pennsylvania State University
  • Kevin Schürer, Pro-Vice Chancellor for Research and Enterprise at the University of Leicester served as chair.

If you have any questions about the video, please contact dmeisler@umich.edu.

2011-10-24

New Releases through 2011-10-23

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

Updates

2011-10-17

ICPSR partners with University of Minnesota on Terra Populus project

ICPSR, the University of Minnesota, and several other organizations are joining together in a project called “Terra Populus: A Global Population / Environment Data Network” that will integrate two centuries of census data with global environmental data.

The project, funded by the National Science Foundation’s Office of Cyberinfrastructure, is meant to create new opportunities for understanding the relationship of population and the environment on a global scale by integrating newly available population data with environmental information such as ground cover, land use, and climate records. The new data will be disseminated to researchers around the world.

ICPSR’s role in the project is to help develop a plan to preserve the data that reflects current standards and practices. ICPSR Director George Alter serves on TerraPop's Sustainability Advisory Committee. ICPSR Digital Preservation Director Nancy McGovern is also working on the project.

The Minnesota Population Center will lead the project with support from the Institute on the Environment, the University of Minnesota Libraries and faculty from the University of Minnesota College of Liberal Arts and College of Science and Engineering. The Center for International Earth Science Information Network at Columbia University is also a partner in the project. ICPSR Council member Catherine Fitch is leading the project at Minnesota.

New Releases through 2011-10-16

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

Updates

2011-10-12

An introduction to FLAME -- ICPSR's archive management engine

ICPSR's Computing and Networking Services section is implementing a new file management system called FLAME -- the File Level Archive Management Engine.

At his Tech@ICPSR Blog, CNS Director Bryan Beecher explains the advantages of the system, implementation of which is a top priority for the fourth quarter. Please read this entry for more information.

2011-10-10

New Releases through 2011-10-09



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

Updates


2010-11 annual report released

ICPSR's 2010-11 annual report is available for viewing. The report details a busy and productive year, with increases in membership and revenue.

Membership stood at 698 at the end of the fiscal year, and has since grown to 710.

Fiscal year 2010-11 marks the first time ICPSR researchers secured more than $10 million in grants and contracts in a year, and overall revenue topped $20 million. ICPSR has a fund balance of nearly $5 million.

The annual report also highlights new initiatives including ICPSR's involvement in the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation's Measures of Effective Teaching project, and creation of a virtual data enclave (VDE) allowing remote access to sensitive data.

2011-10-03

Former ICPSR Director Gutmann to speak at OR symposium

Former ICPSR Director Myron Gutmann, now leader of the National Science Foundation's Directorate Social, Behavioral and Economic Sciences, will be the featured speaker at a symposium titled "The Next 50 Years of Social Science Data" on Thursday, Oct. 6, in Ann Arbor.

Gutmann's talk is titled "Rebuilding the Mosiac: Research in the Social, Behavioral, and Economic Sciences in the Next Decade," and will be followed by a panel discussion.

The panelists are: Thomas LaVeist, Center for Health Disparities Solutions, Johns Hopkins University; Barbara Schneider, College of Education and the Department of Sociology, Michigan State University; Tom Smith, National Opinion Research Center, University of Chicago; Christopher Zorn, Political Science, Pennsylvania State University.

Kevin Schürer, Pro-Vice Chancellor for Research at the University of Leicester and a 2011 recipient of ICPSR's Warren E. Miller Award for Meritorious Service to the Social Sciences, will serve as symposium chair. The event will go from 3-5 p.m. in the Michigan Union Ballroom, and will be streamed live on the Web. *Click here* for a full schedule of events to be streamed, and links to the streaming sites.

Discount on Sociometrics Social Science Electronic Data Library available to ICPSR members

Sociometrics has updated its Social Science Electronic Library Data (SSEDL) web site and is offering new discounts for ICPSR members. The site has a new look and an easier to use search system, including searches for studies and variables by keyword. Users can also view a matrix of variables by variable topic and type, with links to each variable's metadata. In the Fall, SSEDL will be adding more user-friendly features, such as search filtering by several key filters including year, investigator, and methodology, and making DDI 3.1 study level metadata available for download.

Offer 1: Discounted Institutional Subscription
As previously announced, Sociometrics is offering ICPSR members 50 percent off the first year price of an institutional subscription to the Social Science Electronic Data Library (SSEDL). For more information on SSEDL, please click here, and to sign up for this offer, click here.

Offer 2: Discounted Perpetual License
Sociometrics now offers SSEDL subscribers the option to purchase a perpetual license to the SSEDL datasets. For more information on the terms of the perpetual license, click here. A perpetual license to the SSEDL data sets normally sells for a one-time fee of $10,000, but SSEDL subscribers who are ICPSR members can get 25 percent off this price.

Offer 3: Free Online Workshop on SSEDL
A free online workshop (webinar) entitled Introduction to the Sociometrics Social Science Electronic Data Library will be offered from 2-3 p.m. EST, Nov. 9. If you would like to sign up for this free workshop, please register here. They will be able to accommodate the first 25 participants who sign up.