How is ICPSR using "the cloud"?

Bryan Beecher, director of ICPSR's Computer and Network Services, has been asked this question numerous times recently. His answer is available in his latest blog post for your reading pleasure.


Slides, video available from webinar on ICPSR's real-world experiences for students

Slides and video from the webinar titled "From ICPSR: Real Students, Real-World Experiences" are now available.

The webinar, conducted Nov. 29, focused on opportunities ICPSR provides to get students involved in social science research.

The video is available *here* (wmv file, 64 MB). The slides are divided into two sections. Information on ICPSR's *Research Paper Competitions* (PowerPoint, 584kB) was presented by Sue Hodge, and Abayomi Israel spoke about ICPSR's *summer internship program* (PowerPoint, 10.6 MB).


Data Resource Guide Availability

A temporary software problem has just been discovered that affects some of NACJD's Resource Guides and FAQs. It does not affect searches for data through the search box. However, it may result in users encountering a "page not found" error when searching the Resource Guides or other FAQs. We apologize for any inconvenience caused, and assure users that a fix has been found and is being applied. If you encounter this problem after December 6th, please report it, using the Report Problems link at the bottom of the error page.


New Releases through 2011-11-20

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



Fall Bulletin released

The Fall 2011 ICPSR Bulletin is now available. This edition features:

  • A question-and-answer session with George Alter, who accepted a 5-year appointment as ICSPR Director this fall, on the future of the Consortium
  • A description of a new ICPSR partnership with the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation involving the archiving of videos
  • A listing of notable data releases
  • Bios of new directors of three topical archives
  • Photos from the OR meeting in October

The Bulletin is published three times each year, including a special edition containing the winning entries in our research paper competition. Thanks for reading!


Data management plans made easier

The newly launched online DMPTool makes it easier to create data management plans as part of grant applications.

Developed by several organizations in partnership, the tool enables researchers to create plans that are customized according to the specific requirements of selected funding agencies and directorates.

Working with the University of Virginia, ICPSR provided consultation on the tool to develop it for use in creating plans for the NSF Social, Behavioral and Economic Sciences Directorate. A link to ICPSR's *Web site on data management plans* is available from within the tool when the user opts to create a plan for the SBE.


New Releases through 2011-11-13

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



ICPSR part of four-university "Sustainable Environment-Actionable Data" project

ICPSR has partnered with the University of Michigan School of Information and three other universities in the new "Sustainable Environment-Actionable Data" project that will create better methods for data sharing among scientists and researchers in the new and growing field of sustainability.

The other partners are Indiana University, Renssalaer Polytechnic Institute, and the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. The NSF has awarded a two-year, $2 million grant to the project, with $8 million anticipated over the course of five years. Margaret Hedstrom at the U-M School of Information is the principal investigator.

“To date these data have been difficult to obtain and use because disciplines across the natural and social sciences collect, describe, and store their data in different ways,” Hedstrom says. “The data could have significant value if it were possible to connect the data collectors with potential users, and if it were easy for individuals to search for, aggregate, and maintain valuable data for the long term.”

ICPSR Director George Alter added: “As data archivists, our role in SEAD is to act as a link to the social science community. We are going to create the tools to help people curate data as it is being collected and embed them in metadata that will be accessible far into the future.”


ICPSR accepting applications for 2012 summer internship program for undergraduates

The Inter-university Consortium for Political and Social Research (ICPSR), the world's largest archive of digital social science data, is now accepting applications for its annual summer internship program.

Interns spend ten weeks from June 4 - August 10, 2012, at ICPSR (Ann Arbor, Michigan), during which they will:

  • Work in small groups and with faculty mentors to complete research projects resulting in conference-ready posters
  • Gain experience using statistical programs such as SAS, SPSS, and Stata to check data, working in both UNIX and Windows environments
  • Attend courses in the ICPSR Summer Program in Quantitative Methods of Social Research
  • Participate in a weekly Lunch and Lecture series that covers topics related to social science research and professional development.

For details on qualifications, stipend, and application procedure, please see this flyer.

The application deadline is Feb. 13, 2012.

To view videos of the 2011 interns' poster presentations, please click on the following links:


New Releases through 2011-11-06

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



ICPSR invites submissions for 2012 Research Paper Competitions

ICPSR invites submissions for our 2012 Research Paper Competitions from undergraduates and master’s students at member institutions.

  • The ICPSR Research Paper Competition, for analyses on any topic using data from the ICPSR General Archive or Thematic Collections.
  • The IFSS Research Paper Competition, for analyses on any topic using data from the Integrated Fertility Survey Series .
  • The RCMD Research Paper Competition, for analyses on issues relating to minorities in the United States, including immigrants, using data from the Resource Center for Minority Data.

The purpose of these competitions is to highlight student research papers using IFSS, RCMD, or ICPSR data. The objective is to encourage students to explore the social sciences by means of critical analysis of a topic supported by quantitative analysis of a dataset(s) held within ICPSR, IFSS, or the RCMD archive and presented in written form. Undergraduates or master’s competition entries could be papers written for a capstone course, a senior seminar, or any writing intensive course for which the student uses quantitative data analysis to support or refute a hypothesis. A master’s thesis could be appropriate provided that the terms above are met.

Competitions awards are $1,000 for first place and $750 for second place. The deadline for submission is January 31, 2012. Please share this exciting opportunity with your faculty and students!