2012-06-28

On June 27, 2012, ICPSR and the Social Science Data Analysis Network (SSDAN) hosted the third webinar in a series aimed at integrating quantitative data analysis into substantive undergraduate social sciences courses. This webinar featured Dr. Jill Bouma, Associate Professor of Sociology at Berea College in Berea, KY, and Dr. Dana Greene, Research Fellow, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, who discussed how they challenge their students in lower-division courses to define and describe stratification in the U.S. and the world today.

Original webcast date: June 27, 2012

Debra Umberson unpacks faulty study of same-sex parenting

Friend of the Pop Center Debra Umberson recently published a piece on the Huffington Post which took apart Mark Regnerus's recent study purporting to show that young adults with a parent who ever had a same-sex relationship turn out worse than young adults with continuously married heterosexual parents. Read her terrific response here:
http://www.huffingtonpost.com/debra-umberson/texas-professors-gay-research_b_1628988.html

2012-06-27

Correction: Webinar on teaching quantitative data analysis at 1 p.m. Wednesday

NOTE: A PREVIOUS VERSION OF THIS ANNOUNCEMENT HAD AN INCORRECT TIME. THE WEBINAR BEGINS AT 1 P.M.

On Wednesday, June 27, at 1 pm, EDT, ICPSR and the Social Science Data Analysis Network (SSDAN) will host the third webinar in a series aimed at integrating quantitative data analysis into substantive undergraduate social sciences courses. This webinar will feature Dr. Jill Bouma, Associate Professor of Sociology at Berea College in Berea, KY, and Dr. Dana Greene, Research Fellow, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, who will discuss how they challenge their students in lower-division courses to define and describe stratification in the U.S. and the world today.

Participants will learn how Dr. Bouma and Dr. Greene successfully lead their students through the investigation of topics such as income inequality, housing segregation, race, and gender using quantitative data and methods. In addition to promoting a deeper understanding of the content, students taught with these methods improve critical thinking skills and develop a greater appreciation of the social sciences. Viewers will also learn where they can access some of Dr. Bouma and Dr. Greene’s teaching materials to adapt for their own use.

Pre-registration is not required. To view the webinar, visit https://www3.gotomeeting.com/join/978777294 a few minutes before 2 p.m. on Wednesday, June 27.

2012-06-25

New Releases through 2012-06-24

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

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

2012-06-22

Data Citation Index from Thomson Reuters and ICPSR unveiled at ALA conference

The new Data Citation Index offered by Thomson Reuters in partnership with ICPSR will be previewed for participants in the American Library Association conference in Anaheim, CA, June 22-26.

The service, scheduled for release later this year, seamlessly connects published peer-reviewed articles with the datasets on which they are based. Publications in Thomson Reuters' Web of Science online service will contain links directly to the datasets cited in the articles.

In a press release, ICPSR Assistant Director Mary Vardigan said the Data Citation Index will enhance the discoverability of data and highlight the importance of research data in the scientific process.

To learn more about the service, visit the Thomson Reuters booth, #1200, at the ALA conference.

2012-06-19

New Releases through 2012-06-17

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

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

2012-06-15

DataCite and STM Association publish joint statement on data citation

On June 14, 2012, in Copenhagen, Denmark, DataCite and the STM Association signed a joint statement meant to encourage publishers and data centers to link journal articles with their underlying data.

ICPSR is an associate member of DataCite, which is an international group of organizations whose goals are easier access to research data on the Web; increased acceptance of research data as legitimate, citable contributions to the scholarly record; and support for data archiving. STM is a group of scientific, technical, and medical publishers.

The statement follows, and can also be found at http://datacite.org/node/65:
  1. To improve the availability and findability of research data, DataCite and STM encourage authors of research papers to deposit researcher validated data in trustworthy and reliable Data Archives.
  2. DataCite and STM encourage Data Archives to enable bi-directional linking between datasets and publications by using established and community endorsed unique persistent identifiers such as database accession codes and DOI names.
  3. DataCite and STM encourage publishers to make visible or increase visibility of these links from publications to datasets.
  4. DataCite and STM encourage Data Archives to make visible or increase visibility of these links from datasets to publications.
  5. DataCite and STM support the principle of data re-use and for this purpose actively
    participate in initiatives for best practice recommendations for the citation of datasets.
  6. DataCite and STM invite other organizations involved in research data management to join and support this statement.
Signed by Adam Farquhar, President of DataCite and Eefke Smit on behalf of Michael Mabe, CEO STM.

For more information on data citation, see our Web page on the topic.

2012-06-14

2006 Drug Abuse Warning Network now available for download and online analysis

The 2006 Drug Abuse Warning Network (DAWN) emergency department (ED) public-use data and documentation files have been released for download and online analysis through the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Data Archive (SAMHDA).

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 country. DAWN uses a probability sample of hospitals to annually produce estimates of drug-related ED visits for the United States and selected metropolitan areas. Any ED visit related to recent drug use is included in DAWN and all types of drugs (licit and illicit) are covered, including all alcohol involvement in patients under age 21 and alcohol involvement in combination with other substances in those age 21 and older.

The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) is the agency responsible for DAWN. The DAWN page at the SAMHSA website provides detailed data tables and publications using data collected by DAWN and a report summarizing the 2006 DAWN findings. In the near future, SAMHSA is planning to also release DAWN data for 2004 and 2005.

Learn more about DAWN on the DAWN series home page

National Survey of Substance Abuse Treatment Services (N-SSATS) Concatenated file updated to include data through 2010

The data and documentation files for the 1997-2010 National Survey of Substance Abuse Treatment Services (N-SSATS) Concatenated file are available for download and online analysis.

Produced by SAMHSA’s Drug and Alcohol Services Information System, N-SSATS is conducted annually and is designed to collect information from public and private facilities that provide substance abuse treatment in the United States. N-SSATS data include information on treatment services and modalities, facility operations and ownership, accreditation, and client counts. 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.

Individual years of N-SSATS data can also be accessed from the N-SSATS series home page.

Access the N-SSATS concatenated file

Access previous years of N-SSATS

2012-06-12

Webinar on "Teaching with Contingency Tables" set for Thursday

The Social Science Data Analysis Network, in partnership with the Inter-university Consortium for Political and Social Research (ICPSR), will host a webinar at 2 p.m. on Thursday, June 14, presented by SSDAN Director Bill Frey.

This webinar, part of an ongoing series, will focus on "Teaching with Contingency Tables" in substantive undergraduate sociology courses using the DataCounts! Web site and WebCHIP software. If you have ever wondered how to easily teach students how to interpret and manipulate social data such as that from the U.S. Census, then you are encouraged to participate!

Bill Frey will lead attendees through several ways to introduce students to the Census Bureau's American Community Survey data with our WebCHIP software. Participants will be shown how students can easily learn to create cross tabulations, charts and graphs using specialized SSDAN datasets that have been repackaged for educational use. After the initial instruction, SSDAN team members will be on hand to provide individual attention to participants as they complete an exercise and navigate their way through WebCHIP.

To register, please go to goo.gl/Qzn9p and complete and submit the registration form.

2012-06-11

New Releases through 2012-06-10

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

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