2012-02-28

Slides, video available from webinar introducing ICPSR's archive on aging

Slides and video are available for downloading from the webinar held Monday, Feb. 27, introducing the National Archive of Computerized Data on Aging.

NACDA Director James McNally presented an overview of the archive, including:

  • Using NACDA data
  • NACDA support for data
  • NACDA user services
  • Support for new data collection efforts
  • Recent acquisitions
  • Upcoming data releases
  • Research initiatives at NACDA

The slides and the video can be seen on our YouTube channel.

2012-02-27

Summer Program offering courses on data science

The ICPSR Summer Program in Quantitative Methods of Social Research is offering courses and workshops focused on data science and data services.

Please click on the course titles below for full descriptions and information on enrollment.

  • Applied Data Science: Managing Data for Re-use, July 23-27, 2012
    his workshop will explore and apply best practices in data management and curation across domains, including effective documentation practices, repository requirements and assessment, tracking data re-use, and how to create, comply with, and evaluate data management plans. The workshop is for individuals interested or actively engaged in the management and curation of research data, particularly data scientists, data managers and analysts, librarians, archivists, and data stewards and curators.
  • Assessing and Mitigating Disclosure Risk: Essentials for Social Science, July 30-August 3, 2012
    This course will address ways researchers and data managers can safeguard respondent confidentiality in shared data, including public-use vs. restricted-use files, online analysis systems with automatic disclosure protection controls, and tools to assess and document disclosure risk.

  • Providing Social Science Data Services: Strategies for Design and Operation, August 6-10, 2012
    This workshop is structured around a five-stage data life cycle model focused on data production, data dissemination, repositories, discovery, and repurposing. Presentations on data curation activities will be used to discuss local data service issues, and computer exercises will demonstrate service activities. The workshop is for individuals who manage or support local services for ICPSR and other research data for quantitative analysis, including anyone who is new to providing social science data services or who is seeking to revitalize an existing service. The information will also be useful to those responsible for providing access to research data in domains outside the social sciences.

All courses and workshops will take place at the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor.

Flyers are available to circulate by email or printing and posting for potentially interested participants.

New Releases through 2012-02-26

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

2012-02-23

Free trial of Social Science Electronic Data Library available to ICPSR members

Sociometrics is offering a 70 percent discount or a four-month free trial of its Social Science Electronic Data Library (SSEDL) for members of ICPSR.

SSEDL contains primary research data and documentation from more than 680 health and social science datasets from more than 285 studies in 9 topically focused archives. The library can be searched at the level of individual variable by topic, type and keyword.

More information on the free trial offer is available here, and on the discounted subscriptions here.

2012-02-21

Slides, video available from webinar on HIV, drug addiction archive

Slides and video are now available from the ICPSR webinar held February 21, 2012, on the National Addiction & HIV Data Archive Program.

Presenters Amy Pienta and Kaye Marz described how NAHDAP facilitates research on drug addiction and HIV infection by enhancing, sharing, and preserving data from research grants funded by the National Institute on Drug Abuse.

The slides and the video can be seen on our YouTube channel.

The webinar covered the following topics:

Data Sharing:

  • Technical assistance with data preparation
  • Educational activities to promote data sharing
  • Proposal preparation and data sharing plans
  • Confidential data and Restricted data dissemination

Data Use:

  • Identifying drug abuse and HIV data
  • Customized sub-setting and on-line analysis
  • Retrieval and use of data files from the archive
  • Related Bibliography

2012 ICPSR Summer Program: Registration is now open!

Registration for the 2012 ICPSR Summer Program in Quantitative Methods of Social Research is now open! This year's Program includes 78 courses, 41 in the two four-week sessions, and 37 short workshops. Further detailed information about the 2012 ICPSR Summer Program, including course descriptions, schedule, faculty, registration instructions, and fee structure, is available on the Summer Program Web site.

Registration for courses in the 2012 Summer Program is very easy. Just go to the online portal (located on the "Registration & Fees" page of the Summer Program website), log in to your ICPSR MyData account (if you do not have an existing MyData account, you will be prompted to create one), enter your personal information, select your courses, and make arrangements for payment. That's all there is to it!

Please feel free to contact us with any further questions you might have about any aspect of the 2012 ICPSR Summer Program (e-mail: sumprog@icpsr.umich.edu; phone: 734-763-7400). We look forward to seeing you in Ann Arbor, or at one of our other course locations this summer!

Bill Jacoby
Director, ICPSR Summer Program and Professor, Political Science, Michigan State University

Dieter Burrell
Assistant Director, ICPSR Summer Program

2012-02-20

New Releases through 2012-02-19

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

2012-02-16

Health Care Providers Are Encouraged to Ask Patients about Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity

The Fenway Institute has issued two Policy Focus briefs highlighting the importance of gathering sexual orientation and gender identity data in clinical settings and to provide guidance to clinicians to gather such data. Why gather data on sexual orientation and gender identity in clinical settings explains how gathering such data will help us understand lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (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 provides guidance on how to ask questions on patient registration form 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.

PDFs of the briefs are available online:

2012-02-15

Webinar on Summer Program available for viewing

Video and slides from the webinar titled "An Overview of the 2012 ICPSR Summer Program in Quantitative Methods of Social Research" are available for viewing.

In the webinar, Summer Program Director William Jacoby and Assistant Director Dieter Burrell outline the structure of the program, describe some of the classes being offered in 2012, and provide information on cost and scholarships.

The slides and the video can be seen on our YouTube channel.

For more information, see the Summer Program Web site.

2012-02-14

2007 Drug Abuse Warning Network (DAWN) Available for Online Analysis

The 2007 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 annually monitors and produces estimates of hospital drug-related ED visits and drug-related deaths reported by selected medical examiner and coroner offices. 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. DAWN estimates are based on a national sample of general, non-Federal hospitals, with oversampling of hospitals in selected metropolitan areas.

The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA), U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), is the agency responsible for DAWN.
Access the 2007 DAWN study

Learn more about DAWN on the DAWN series home page

IFSS workshop at PAA 2012

An introductory workshop on the new Integrated Fertility Survey Series (IFSS) data set will be held on Wednesday, May 2nd, 2012 from 4:00 to 5:30 p.m. at the annual meeting of the Population Association of America in San Francisco, CA.

The IFSS is a harmonized data set containing data from ten nationally representative U.S. surveys of family and fertility spanning nearly fifty years. The surveys include the 1955 and 1960 Growth of American Families (GAF); the 1965 and 1970 National Fertility Survey (NFS); and the 1973, 1976, 1982, 1988, 1995, and 2002 National Survey of Family Growth (Cycles 1-6 of the NSFG). Altogether, the IFSS includes data on over 71,000 women, their spouses or partners, families, fertility histories, contraceptive practices, and attitudes about childbearing.

This introductory workshop includes an overview of the data, provides examples of research questions that can be analyzed with the data, and demonstrates how to navigate the IFSS website. Please see our brochure or website for more details about the IFSS.

The workshop is appropriate for graduate students as well as more experienced researchers. It will also provide an excellent networking opportunity for demographers interested in fertility and family-related topics.

While registration is not required, for planning purposes please email sarah.hayford@asu.edu if you would like to attend.

2012-02-13

Upcoming LGBT Health Sessions at the Population Association of America Meetings

The Population Association of America will host its annual meeting May 3-5, 2012 at the Hilton San Francisco, Union Square. The program will feature a member-initiated meeting on LGBT Health in the Franciscan A room on Thursday, May 3 6:30 – 8:00 pm. It also features a panel presentation (Session 109) on Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender Health. Details on the panel are below.

Friday, May 4 - 12:30 PM - 2:20 PM

Chair: Judith Bradford, The Fenway Institute

Discussant: Gary J. Gates, University of California, Los Angeles

1. Sexual Minority Status and Self-Rated Health: The Importance of Socioeconomic Status, Age, and Gender -- Mieke B. Thomeer, University of Texas at Austin

2. Intimate Partner Violence in the Lesbian, Gay, and Bisexual Population: Data from the California Health Interview Survey -- Naomi Goldberg, University of California, Los Angeles; Ilan Meyer, University of California, Los Angeles

3. Same-Sex Cohabitation and Smoking: Quantitative and Qualitative Evidence -- Corinne Reczek, University of Cincinnati; Dustin C. Brown, University of Texas at Austin

4. Measuring Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity in a Self-Administered Survey: Results from Cognitive Research with Older Adults -- Jeremy Redford, American Institutes for Research; Aimee Van Wagenen, The Fenway Institute

New Releases through 2012-02-12


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

2012-02-09

2007 Drug Abuse Warning Network (DAWN) Released

The 2007 DAWN ED public-use data and documentation files are now available for download through the SAMHDA Web site.

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 selected coroner and medical examiner offices across the country. 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.

SAMHDA also provides public-use data files for the 2008 DAWN and 2009 DAWN. SAMHSA is planning to release DAWN data for 2004 to 2006 in the upcoming months. Detailed data tables and publications using data collected by DAWN are also available on the DAWN page at the SAMHSA website.

Learn more about DAWN on the 2007 DAWN study home page.

2012-02-08

ESRC offers travel grants for Secondary Data Analysis Initiative

The Economic and Social Research Council of the United Kingdom is offering travel grants between the United States and the UK to potential applicants to its Secondary Data Analysis Initiative. The goal of the travel grant is to help facilitate and develop collaboration between potential UK and US project partners. Ten travel grants are available at a maximum of £1500 (about $2,300 US) for researchers in the US to travel to the UK, or vice versa.  The deadline for expressing interest (this should come from the UK project partner) in a travel grant is Feb. 14, 2012 and all travel must be completed by March 31, 2012. For more information on the travel grants, *click here*.

The Secondary Data Analysis Initiative is a new program from ESRC, the first phase of which will fund about 20 small-scale projects (of 18-months duration and £200,000, or approximately $316,000 US). The aims of the projects are to deliver high-impact policy and practitioner relevant research through deeper exploitation of major data resources of ESCR and other agencies. For more information, click here.  The deadline for applying for these grants is April 19, 2012. Another round of grants is expected to commence in October.

ESRC holds numerous long-running studies and surveys such as the British Household Panel Survey and the European Social Survey, which will form the foundation of the Secondary Data Analysis Initiative. A detailed Call Specification document (PDF) is available *here*.

Perry Building network maintenance Feb. 12

The University of Michigan's central IT unit - ITS - will be replacing the data networking switches that connect the Perry Building to the campus backbone network.  This work will take place on the morning of Sunday, February 12, 2012 between 5am and 8am (Eastern).

CNS will redirect ICPSR Web site traffic to the cloud replica during this maintenance window.  Note that some services (e.g., the deposit system) are unavailable on the cloud replica.

2012-02-07

Webinar scheduled on the National Addiction & HIV Data Archive Program

Join us on Feb. 21 for a webinar titled “The National Addiction & HIV Data Archive Program: Supporting Research Data Sharing and Use.”

The goal of this 60 minute webinar is to describe the ways the National Addiction and HIV Data Archive Program (NAHDAP) facilitate research on drug addiction and HIV infection by enhancing, sharing, and preserving data produced by research grants funded by the National Institutes on Drug Abuse. This webinar will cover:

Data Sharing:

  • Technical assistance with data preparation
  • Educational activities to promote data sharing
  • Proposal preparation and data sharing plans
  • Confidential data and Restricted data dissemination

Data Use:

  • Identifying drug abuse and HIV data
  • Customized sub-setting and on-line analysis
  • Retrieval and use of data files from the archive
  • Related Bibliography

The webinar will take place from 1-2 p.m. EST on Feb. 21. To register and for more information, please go to https://www2.gotomeeting.com/register/640715546.

2010 National Survey of Substance Abuse Treatment Services (N-SSATS) Released

The 2010 National Survey of Substance Abuse Treatment Services (N-SSATS) data and documentation files have been released for download and online analysis by the Center for Behavioral Health Statistics and Quality (CBHSQ, formerly Office of Applied Studies), Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA).

N-SSATS is conducted annually and designed to collect data on the location, characteristics, services offered, and number of clients in treatment at alcohol and drug abuse facilities (both public and private) throughout the 50 States, the District of Columbia, and other U.S. jurisdictions. The geographic data included in N-SSATS are state, county, Federal Information Processing Standards (FIPS) state and county codes, metropolitan statistical area (MSA), core-based statistical area (CBSA), Census region, and Census division.

Access the 2010 N-SSATS report

Access the 2010 N-SSATS study
Access previous years of N-SSATS