2012-01-31

Video, slides available from webinar on orientation to ICPSR

Slides and video of the January 31 webinar titled “An Orientation to ICPSR Data Services” are now available.

This webinar is geared toward those who are new to ICPSR, who are exploring our services, or who want material to educate their institutions about ICPSR resources.

The webinar covers:

  • Introduction to ICPSR - Brief Background & History
  • Data Exploration - Finding Data
  • Rapid tour of our Website
  • The MyData Account
  • Search Strategies & the Study Home Page
  • Training and Instruction Resources
  • Data Management

A video of the presentation by Marketing and Membership Director Linda Detterman is available on our YouTube channel.

2012-01-30

Cooperative Education & Internship Association (CEIA)
April 15-17, 2012, Chicago, Illinois

ICPSR releases new edition and Web version of "Guide to Social Science Data Preparation and Archiving"

ICPSR is pleased to announce the release of the fifth edition of the “Guide to Social Science Data Preparation and Archiving,” with new and updated information on data management plans, video files, respondent disclosure protection, and virtual data enclaves.

For the first time, we have developed a Web-based version of the Guide, providing a quicker and more efficient way to browse the material. A PDF version is also available.

First published in 1997, the Guide is a compilation of best practices gleaned from the experience of many archivists and investigators. It is aimed at those engaged in the cycle of research, from applying for research grants, through data collection, and ultimately to preparation of data for deposit in a public archive.

The new online version includes links to complementary content such as ICPSR tutorial videos and related literature.

2012-01-24

Policy Briefs on why and how to gather LGBT data in clinical settings

This month, The Fenway Institute issues two Policy Focus briefs to highlight the importance of gathering sexual orientation and gender identity data in clinical settings. Why gather data on sexual orientation and gender identity in clinical settings (PDF) explains how gathering such data will help us understand LGBT health disparities, and how it is consistent with key recommendations in Healthy People 2020, the 2011 Institute of Medicine report on LGBT health issues and research gaps, and the Affordable Care Act. Gathering such data in electronic health records (EHRs) is especially important.

How to gather data on sexual orientation and gender identity in clinical settings (PDF) provides guidance on how to ask questions on patient registration forms and how clinicians can ask questions during medical visits. This second brief addresses concerns about confidentiality with EHRs and other potential barriers to collecting data on LGBT identity.

The briefs were authored by Sean Cahill, Director of Health Policy Research, along with Judith Bradford, Co-chair and Director of the Center for Population Research in LGBT Health; Chris Grasso, Data Manager; and Harvey Makadon, Director of the National LGBT Health Education Center. They will be disseminated to health education professionals, professional associations, policy makers and other priority audiences.

2008 and 2009 Drug Abuse Warning Network (DAWN) Available for Online Analysis

The 2008 and 2009 DAWN emergency department (ED) public-use data files are now available for online analysis through the SAMHDA Web site.

DAWN is a public health surveillance system that monitors hospital drug-related ED visits and drug-related deaths reported by selected medical examiner and coroner offices across the Nation. The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA), U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), is the agency responsible for DAWN.

DAWN uses a probability sample of general, non-Federal hospitals, with oversampling of hospitals in selected metropolitan areas, to annually produce estimates of drug-related ED visits for the United States and selected metropolitan areas. All types of drugs (licit and illicit) are covered, including all alcohol involvement for patients under 21, and alcohol involvement in combination with other substances for those 21 and older.

Access the 2009 DAWN study
Access the 2008 DAWN study

Learn more about DAWN on the DAWN series home page

2012-01-18

An ICPSR Webinar: Join us for "An Orientation to ICPSR Data Services"

Join us for a Webinar on January 31. Space is limited. Reserve your Webinar seat now.

Title: An Orientation to ICPSR Data Services
Date: Tuesday, January 31, 2012
Time: 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM EST

Join us for a fast-pace introduction to ICPSR's data services. This webinar is geared toward those who are new to ICPSR, who are exploring our services, or who want content to help educate their institutions about ICPSR resources. In 50 minutes or less, we will cover:

  • Introduction to ICPSR - Brief Background & History
  • Data Exploration - Finding Data
    • Rapid tour of our Website
    • The MyData Account
    • Search Strategies & the Study Home Page
  • Training and Instruction Resources
  • Data Management
    • Data Management Plans
    • Secure Data Services

(Note that we'll spend most of our time on data exploration strategies.)

This webinar is open to the public - please forward this invitation to any who may be interested. (Please note that the webinar is noted in EST - 12:00 pm EST.)

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

2012-01-17

New Council members elected; Saenz named Council Chair

ICPSR is pleased to welcome six new Council members, and to announce the appointment of Council member Rogelio Saenz to a two-year term as Council Chair.

After a vote of ICPSR Official Representatives, the following members will start their four-year terms on the Council at its meeting in March in Ann Arbor (full bios are available here):

  • Christopher Achen is the Roger Williams Straus Professor of Social Sciences, Professor of Politics at Princeton University. His research interest is political methodology, particularly its application to empirical democratic theory, American politics, and international relations.
  • Marilyn Andrews is the Data Librarian in Spatial and Numeric Data Services at the Dr. Archer Library, University of Regina. She has held various positions at the university, including Archives Librarian, Science Reference Librarian, Government Publications Librarian, and Acting Associate Librarian (Client Services). She has also carried out subject liaison responsibilities for multiple disciplines.
  • Tony Brown is an Associate Director, Center for Research on Health Disparities and an Associate Professor, Department of Sociology at Vanderbilt University. His research interests are in critical race theory, cultural competencies, health disparities, medical sociology, quantitative methods, race and racism, race socialization, racial attitudes, racial identity, social psychology, sociology of mental health, and survey methods.
  • Susan Cutter is a Carolina Distinguished Professor of Geography at the University of South Carolina where she directs the Hazards and Vulnerability Research Institute, a research and training center that integrates geographical information processing techniques with hazards analysis and management. Her primary research interests are in the area of disaster vulnerability/resilience science -- what makes people and the places where they live vulnerable to extreme events and how vulnerability and resilience are measured, monitored, and assessed.
  • John Fox is the Senator William McMaster Professor of Social Statistics in the Sociology Department of McMaster University in Hamilton, Ontario, Canada. He serves on the Advisory Committee for the ICPSR Summer Program in Quantitative Methods and has delivered numerous lectures and workshops on statistical topics, at places such as the ICPSR Summer Program, the annual meetings of the American Sociological Association, and the Oxford Spring School in Quantitative Methods for Social Research.
  • Linda Waite is the Lucy Flower Professor of Urban Sociology; Co-Director, MD/PhD Program in Medicine, the Social Sciences, and Aging, Pritzker School of Medicine at the University of Chicago. Her research interests include social demography, aging, the family, health, working families, and the link between biology, psychology, and the social world. She is a senior fellow at NORC.

Rogelio Saenz, the new Chair, is Dean of the College of Public Policy at the University of Texas at San Antonio. He is also a Policy Fellow of the Carsey Institute at the University of New Hampshire.

The new members replace the following members whose terms have expired:

  • Ann Wolpert, Massachusetts Institute of Technology (who will serve for one more year as Past Chair)
  • Francine Berman, Renssalaer Polytechnic Institute
  • Thomas LaVeist, Johns Hopkins University
  • Jeffrey Moon, Queen's University
  • Lori Weber, California State University at Chico
  • Christopher Zorn, Pennsylvania State University

The Council meets three times a year, and acts on administrative, budgetary, and organizational issues on behalf of all the members of ICPSR.

2012-01-16

New Releases through 2012-01-15

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

2012-01-13

SAMHDA Web site unavailable on Sunday, Jan. 15 between 10AM and 12PM

ICPSR will be upgrading Web server hardware Sunday, January 15 between 10am and noon (Eastern Time). During this time all Web sites hosted by ICPSR, including SAMHDA, will experience significant downtime.

The goal of the maintenance is to replace the old 32-bit production Web server with a new 64-bit system with significantly more processing power and memory. The move from a 32-bit platform to a 64-bit platform also requires a number of software upgrades.

Please contact web-support@icpsr.umich.edu if you have any questions.

2012-01-12

ICPSR supports public access to federally funded digital data

On November 4, 2011, the Office of Science and Technology Policy issued a request for information on “Public Access to Digital Data Resulting From Federally Funded Scientific Research.”

ICPSR submitted a response to OSTP strongly supporting open access to scientific data and advocating “long-lived, sustainable institutions for archiving, preserving, and disseminating data in each specialized scientific domain.” In our opinion, dedicated repositories are the best way to meet the diverse needs of different scientific communities.

ICPSR also emphasizes the need for better citation of scientific data and champions partnerships between domain repositories and other memory institutions.

The full text of the ICPSR response is here (pdf).

2009 Drug Abuse Warning Network (DAWN) Released

The Drug Abuse Warning Network (DAWN) is a nationally representative public health surveillance system that continuously monitors hospital drug-related emergency department (ED) visits and drug-related deaths reported by select coroner and medical examiner offices across the country.
SAMHSA is now making the 2009 ED DAWN public-use data and documentation files available for download through the SAMHDA website. Variables in DAWN provide details on the ED visit, including type of case, case disposition, drug involvement, route of administration, and the number of unique drugs reported. The 2009 ED DAWN includes information for up to twenty-two (22) drugs reported in the ED visit; an increase of six (6) from the 2008 DAWN. SAMHSA is planning to also release DAWN data for 2004 to 2007 in the upcoming year.

2012-01-11

ICPSR Web site unavailable on Sunday, Jan. 15

ICPSR will be upgrading Web server hardware Sunday, January 15 between 10am and noon (Eastern Time). During this time all Web sites hosted by ICPSR will experience significant downtime.

The goal of the maintenance is to replace the old 32-bit production Web server with a new 64-bit system with significantly more processing power and memory. The move from a 32-bit platform to a 64-bit platform also requires a number of software upgrades.

Please contact web-support@icpsr.umich.edu if you have any questions.

2012-01-09

New Releases through 2012-01-08

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

2012-01-04

2010 National Survey on Drug Use and Health (NSDUH) Released

The National Survey on Drug Use and Health (NSDUH) is the primary source of national and state-level estimates on the prevalence, patterns, and consequences of alcohol, tobacco, and illegal drug use and abuse in the general U.S. civilian non institutionalized population. The survey is also a source of national estimates on mental health measures such as serious mental illness (SMI), other mental illness, depression, and treatment. NSDUH data are collected annually through nationally representative interviews with approximately 70,000 randomly selected individuals aged 12 and older. NSDUH is conducted by the Center for Behavioral Health Statistics and Quality (CBHSQ, formerly Office of Applied Studies), Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA).


The data and documentation files for the 2010 NSDUH are now available for download, online analysis, and Quick Tables.


The 2010 NSDUH report is available on the CBHSQ website.


Access the 2010 NSDUH study
Access previous years of NSDUH

2012-01-03

MARC Available for 2011 Changes

We've updated our batch MARC files to reflect the 2011 updates and new releases. You can download the files immediately:

Please note that additional information can be found on the OR Site. If you have any questions/concerns, please email web-support@icpsr.umich.edu.

New Releases through 2012-01-02

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