Slides and audio available from webinar on quantitative literacy

Slides and audio are available from ICPSR's latest webinar, entitled "Quantitative Literacy Through Social Science: Don't Be Afraid of Data!"

Presented by Lynette Hoelter, ICPSR Director of Instructional Resources and Development, and Linda Detterman, Marketing and Membership Director, the webinar describes tools for incorporating data in the undergraduate classroom. The webinar also outlines evidence of the effectiveness of the classroom tools.

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

New Releases through 2012-04-29

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


Note: Additional SAMHDA studies may be available though they are not listed in this email/web site announcement.


Inaugural "electronic Conference On Teaching Statistics" coming up

The Consortium for the Advancement of Undergraduate Statistics Education is proud to announce the first *electronic Conference On Teaching Statistics* (eCOTS).

This virtual conference, held using the GoToWebinar service, will feature keynote presentations by technology innovators Hans Rosling of the Gapminder Foundation and Webster West of Texas A&M University along with a dozen audience-centered breakout sessions and two dozen virtual poster presentations.

Registration is $15 and includes the opportunity to participate live from your home or office in all eCOTS related activities happening between May 14th and May 18th. The full program is at *www.causeweb.org/ecots/program*.

Questions about eCOTS logistics should be addressed to Jean Scott(scott.961@osu.edu) and questions for the program chair should be addressed to Michelle Everson (gaddy001@umn.edu).


Consumer Expenditure Survey to host microdata workshop

Registration is now open for the annual Microdata User's Workshop hosted by the Consumer Expenditure (CE) Survey from July 18-20 in Washington, DC.

There is no fee to register. The only requirement is to complete and submit a brief online registration form (PDF).

Registration materials are also available for the CE Survey Methods Symposium on July 17, also in Washington, DC.

Several sessions are targeted to new and novice users of the data, including presentations by researchers currently using the data. For more experienced CE data users, several sessions will address more technical topics in using the CE microdata. Participants will also have the opportunity to talk one-on-one with CE staff about any issues or questions regarding using CE in their particular project.

For more information on the upcoming workshop, visit the CE Workshop Web site. The site also contains an archive page showing what has been presented at past workshops.

If you have any questions about the workshop, please email CE_Symposium_Workshop_2012@bls.gov, or leave a message at (202) 691-6900.


U-M faculty with ties to ICPSR honored by AAAS

Two University of Michigan faculty with ties to ICPSR have been selected as fellows of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences:

  • Elisabeth Gerber, who was on the ICPSR Council from 2002-2004, is a professor of public policy and the Gerald R. Ford School of Public Policy; professor of political science at the College of Literature, Science and the Arts; and faculty associate at the Center for Political Studies. Her research focuses on intergovernmental cooperation in U.S. metro areas, local government capacity, political participation, economic development, and urban politics and policy.
  • Vincent Hutchings, a current and founding member of the advisory board of ICPSR's Resource Center for Minority Data, is professor of political science in LSA, and a research professor at CPS. He is also one of the principal investigators of the American National Election Study (ANES), and is an expert on public opinion, elections and voting behavior, and African-American politics.

An article on all new U-M AAAS fellows can be found here.

Workshop on National Social Life, Health and Aging Project set for PAA conference

Population Association of America (PAA) Annual Meeting Pre-Conference Workshop: Introduction to the National Social Life, Health, and Aging Project (NSHAP) Longitudinal Data Union Square Room 17-18 on the 4th Floor, San Francisco Hilton Union Square, 333 O'Farrell Street, San Francisco CA Wednesday, May 2, 2012, 12:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.

This workshop is free for all PAA Annual Meeting attendees. For more information or to register for the workshop, interested participants should email Katherine Morris (Morris-Katherine@NORC.org).

Abstract: This half-day workshop will introduce participants to the National Social Life, Health, and Aging Project (NSHAP), which is an interdisciplinary, population-based, longitudinal study of community-dwelling older adults aged 57 to 85 and their marital or co-resident romantic partners. The survey integrates biological measures with a social scientific questionnaire to understand the health and well-being of older Americans. This workshop is especially relevant to researchers interested in: aging, sexuality, and social relationships; social network analysis; multi-mode survey design; and the incorporation of biological measures of health in population research.

Principal Investigator Linda Waite, a member of the ICPSR Council, will introduce workshop participants to the theoretical framework of the project, including the Interactive Biopsychosocial Model (IBM) that was developed for and guides the analytical approach of the study. Next, William Dale, co-investigator and Chief of Geriatrics and Palliative Medicine at the University of Chicago Medical Center, will review the opportunities for, challenges to, and the usefulness of incorporating NSHAP biomeasures and clinical assessments in longitudinal social science research. Finally, Phil Schumm, co-investigator and Senior Biostatistician in the Department of Health Studies, will present the sample design, data structure, and sample weights. He will also review dyadic and social network data structure and methods of analysis. The workshop aims to provide participants with the necessary tools to access and analyze NSHAP Waves 1 (2005-2006) and 2 (2010-2011), including the partner, social network, and biomeasure data components.


New Releases through 2012-04-15

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


Note: Additional SAMHDA studies may be available though they are not listed in this email/web site announcement.


New edition of ICPSR Bulletin available

The Spring 2012 edition (PDF, 653 KB) of the ICPSR Bulletin newsletter is now available, featuring an article on the upcoming visit to Ann Arbor by Dr. Elinor Ostrom of Indiana University.

Ostrom, a 2009 winner of the Nobel Prize in Economic Sciences for her contributions to the study of common-pool resources, will be the featured speaker at a June 7 symposium celebrating ICPSR's *50th anniversary*. Ostrom served on the ICPSR Council from 1984-88.

Other articles detail new offerings in the 2012 ICPSR Summer Program in Quantitative Methods of Social Research; provide an update on the ICPSR Council; and outline other news items from ICPSR and our partners over the past several months.


Last chance for 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.

Please take a few minutes to fill out the survey -- the last day to respond is Friday, April 13.

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.


New Releases through 2012-04-08

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


Note: Additional SAMHDA studies may be available though they are not listed in this email/web site announcement.


Alter: Federally funded research data should be freely available

In a guest post on The Signal, the blog of the Library of Congress' Digital Preservation program, ICPSR Director George Alter argues that data from federally funded research projects should be made freely available to the wider research community.

The blog post highlights the ongoing rule-making process being undertaken by the Interagency Working Group on Digital Data, and applauded its efforts to seek input as it develops federal-wide regulations for data sharing.

Alter writes that the most important step the working group could take would be to recommend a policy of mandatory deposit of federally funded research data into long-term, publicly accessible data repositories. That would, he said, "promote re-use of scientific data, maximize the return on investments in data collection, and prevent the loss of thousands of potentially valuable datasets."

The blog post is based on ICPSR's formal response to the working group's request for input. Other responses can be viewed here. A 2009 report from the working group recommending a strategic policy for data sharing is available here (PDF).