2012-03-30

Slides, video from second webinar on data analysis in undergraduate courses available for viewing

The second in a series of webinars on integrating quantitative data analysis into substantive undergraduate social science courses is available for viewing.

Hosted by ICPSR and the Social Science Data Analysis Network (SSDAN), the webinar featured Dr. Rongjun Sun, professor of sociology at Cleveland State University. Jones discussed his tools for helping students measure world income and health inequality. He described his procedures for having his students sort income data in Excel, and calculate the mean incomes and infant mortality rates of the 20 richest and 20 poorest countries in the world.

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

2012-03-27

TerraPop Web site, email lists now available

The Web site is now available for the Terra Populus project, a collaboration between the Minnesota Population Center, ICPSR, and several other institutions. The project, funded by the National Science Foundation's DataNet initiative, integrates, disseminates, and preserves data describing changes in population and the environment.

TerraPop will integrate two centuries of census data with global environmental data to create new opportunities for understanding the relationship between population and the environment on a global scale.

People interested in receiving updates on the project can sign up for an email list. The list also provides an option for joining the TerraPop development community, which involves providing occasional feedback through surveys and the opportunity to test the prototype system.

ICPSR's role in TerraPop is to develop a plan for preserving the data that reflects current standards and practices.

The Minnesota Population Center is leading 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.

SAMHDA to Exhibit at ASAM Conference - April 19-21, 2012

SAMHDA will exhibit at the American Society of Addiction Medicine conference from April 19-21 at the Hilton Atlanta Hotel in Atlanta, Ga.
The SAMHDA exhibit will be at booth #30 in the Exhibit Hall. A welcome reception with exhibitors is scheduled for 6-8 p.m. on Thursday, April 19, and exhibits will also be open from 10 a.m. to 6 pm. on Friday, April 20, and 7 a.m. to 4:15 p.m. on Saturday, April 21.
Demonstrations of SAMHDA's Web site and services will be conducted at the SAMHDA booth throughout the conference.

2012-03-26

ICPSR Council Member Sayeed Choudhury honored by OCLC and ALA

Sayeed Choudhury of Johns Hopkins University, an ICPSR Council Member since 2010, has been named winner of the Frederick G. Kilgour Award for Research in Library and Information Technology.

The award is jointly sponsored by the library cooperative OCLC and the Library and Information Technology Association, a division of the American Library Association. The honor is given for research relevant to the advancement of information technologies with potentially positive impact on publication, storage, retrieval, and dissemination of information.

The award sponsors cited Choudhury's leadership in data curation through the NSF-funded Data Conservancy project, which promotes data curation infrastructure across disciplines, and for his impact in applying the principles of librarianship to the curation and preservation of digital data.

New Releases through 2012-03-25

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

2012-03-21

IFSS releases Pregnancy Interval data

The Integrated Fertility Survey Series (IFSS) project at ICPSR is pleased to announce its fifth data release: the Pregnancy Interval file. The Pregnancy Interval file is a pregnancy-level data set that contains information on outcomes of each pregnancy, along with variables regarding timing, wantedness, prenatal care, breastfeeding, and finances for each pregnancy. Additional variables about contraceptive use in the interval and at the time of conception are also included. This data set can be merged with the previously released respondent-level data to provide an in-depth look at childbearing and contraceptive behavior over time.

To accompany the release of the Pregnancy Interval file, we have also updated and improved the IFSS User Guide to include instructions on merging the Interval data with the Respondent data, among other things.

Comparability notes describing particular issues relating to each harmonized variable are available by clicking on the variable name on the Harmonized Data Extracts page.

The Pregnancy Interval data are available for download on the Data and Documentation page, can be explored and extracted from the Harmonized Data Extracts page, and can be analyzed online using SDA. 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 2012. As such, they are subject to change and may contain inconsistencies. If you notice any problems with the data, please contact the IFSS team at IFSSGroup@umich.edu so that we may fix them.

2012-03-19

New Releases through 2012-03-18

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

2012-03-15

Webinar on integrating data analysis into undergraduate courses available for viewing

The first in a series of webinars on integrating quantitative data analysis into substantive undergraduate social science courses is available for viewing.

Hosted by ICPSR and the Social Science Data Analysis Network (SSDAN), the webinar featured Dr. Jim Jones, professor emeritus of sociology at Mississippi State University. Jones discussed how he has helped students in his introductory-level courses become familiar with data analysis using U.S. census data and simple analytical tools.

Jones described how he encourages students to tap their sociological imaginations through the investigation of quantitative social data. In addition to promoting a deeper understanding of the content, students taught with these methods improve critical thinking skills and develop a greater appreciation for the social sciences. Webinar viewers will also learn how to access some of Jones' teaching materials to adapt for their own use.

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

Webinar on integrating data analysis into undergraduate courses available for viewing

The first in a series of webinars on integrating quantitative data analysis into substantive undergraduate social science courses is available for viewing.

Hosted by ICPSR and the Social Science Data Analysis Network (SSDAN), the webinar featured Dr. Jim Jones, professor emeritus of sociology at Mississippi State University. Jones discussed how he has helped students in his introductory-level courses become familiar with data analysis using U.S. census data and simple analytical tools.

Jones described how he encourages students to tap their sociological imaginations through the investigation of quantitative social data. In addition to promoting a deeper understanding of the content, students taught with these methods improve critical thinking skills and develop a greater appreciation for the social sciences. Webinar viewers will also learn how to access some of Jones' teaching materials to adapt for their own use.

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

2012-03-14

ICPSR seeks your input on data curation services for repositories

What kinds of curation services might help prepare data for deposit in digital repositories? What kind of tools might ICPSR provide to local repositories to support local data processing? We would like to hear your ideas.

As part of a project funded by the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS) to build partnerships between data archives and institutional repositories, ICPSR is conducting a short survey to find out what repositories need or want to improve their ability to manage and archive data.

Your ideas will give us information we need to create services that will make it easier for repositories, such as institutional repositories, to add data to their collections.

The survey should take just 10 minutes, and can be accessed by clicking the link below.

Take the survey *here*, or copy and paste this URL into your internet browser: http://umichisr.qualtrics.com/WRQualtricsSurveyEngine/?SID=SV_4YJsiX5KRbYMEFC&RID=MLRP_abZVBXtQ1qknEIA&_=1 [link expired]

You might also be interested in the "Guide to Archiving Social Science Data for Institutional Repositories" that provides guidelines and decision rules for institutional repositories at each stage of the archiving process: from appraisal to acquisition to curation to dissemination. More information on the project is available at http://www.icpsr.umich.edu/icpsrweb/IR/. We can be reached at: datasharing@icpsr.umich.edu.

ICPSR hiring associate director; director of curation services; education archive director

ICPSR is searching for qualified candidates for three positions: Associate Director, Director of Curation Services, and Education Archive Director.

  • The Director of Curation Services will develop and maintain a comprehensive approach to data management and digital preservation and lead a team with responsibility for policy planning and implementation across the data lifecycle. The selected individual will also hold a faculty appointment with ICPSR and ISR. For more information, see http://umjobs.org/job_detail/67168/director_of_curation_services
  • The Project Director - Education and Child Care Data Archive will lead several education-based data archives such as the PreK-3rd Data Resource Center and the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) Student-Athlete Data Archive. The position also carries a research faculty appointment at ICPSR and ISR. A full description can be seen here: http://umjobs.org/job_detail/67503/project_director_-_education_and_child_care_data_archive.
The deadline for applying for the positions is early May.

2012-03-12

New Releases through 2012-03-11

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

2012-03-09

Web outage Friday afternoon

ICPSR experienced a brief outage Friday, March 9 between 12:55 and 2:45 Eastern time, which caused our web sites to be inaccessible. Our apologies for any inconvenience this may have caused.

Summer 2012 China Multigenerational Panel Dataset class at SJTU

The Shanghai Jiaotong University Center for the History and Society of Northeast China was established as a research unit by a collaboration of the Shanghai Jiaotong University (SJTU) School of the Humanities and the Hong Kong University of Science and Technology (HKUST) School of the Humanities and Social Sciences. The Center's second summer school will be held from July 6 to July 20. The class will focus on the use of the China Multigenerational Panel Dataset - Liaoning (CMGPD-LN) for the study of demography, stratification, and social and family history. It will also preview a new dataset, the China Multigenerational Panel Dataset -- Shuangcheng (CMGPD-SC) that we plan to release in 2013. HKUST Distinguished Professor and Dean of Humanities and Social Sciences advises on the organization and content course. UCLA Professor of Sociology Cameron Campbell will lecture. If any non-Chinese speakers enroll, the lectures will be in English, otherwise lectures may be in Chinese.

*More information*, including instructions for applying to the course, is available online.

2012-03-07

ICPSR Council Member Barbara Schneider voted president-elect of AERA

Barbara Schneider, the Hannah Distinguished Professor in the Department of Counseling, Educational Psychology and Special Education at Michigan State University and a member of the ICPSR Council since 2010, has been voted president-elect of the American Educational Research Association. She will take the office at the end of the AERA Annual Meeting April 13-17 in Vancouver, BC.

Schneider's research interests focus on family, the social context of education, and particularly on improving educational opportunities for students with limited economic and social resources.

2012-03-05

New Releases through 2012-03-04

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

2012-03-01

2005-2006 Health Behavior in School-aged Children (HBSC) Released

The Health Behavior in School-aged Children (HBSC) study is a cross-national research survey conducted in collaboration with the World Health Organization Regional Office for Europe. The HBSC aims to gain new insight into, and increase the understanding of young people's health and well-being, health behaviors, and their social context. Initiated in 1982 in three countries, there are now more than 35 participating countries and regions.
The data and documentation files for the 2005-2006 HBSC are now available for download, online analysis, and Quick Tables.

The 2005-2006 U.S. HBSC survey was supported by the Intramural Research Program of the Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Institute of Child Health and Human Development and the Maternal and Child Health Bureau of the Health Resources and Services Administration.

Access the 2005-2006 HBSC study
Access previous years of HBSC
Visit the HBSC series home page to learn more about the HBSC study


Brief web outage Thursday afternoon

ICPSR experienced a brief outage Thursday, March 1 between 2:40 and 3:15 Eastern time, which caused our web sites to be inaccessible. Our apologies for any inconvenience this may have caused.