Survey of ICPSR members released

Every two or three years, ICPSR surveys its member institutions through feedback from its Official and Designated Representatives.

Detailed results of this year's survey, completed in April, are available here (PPT, 1.6 MB).

New Releases through 2012-07-22

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.


Input needed in survey on digital preservation

Organizations establishing or scaling up digital preservation programs are faced with many decisions. How many staff do we need? What types of positions are needed? What skills, education and experience should we be looking for? Should we hire new staff or retrain existing staff? What functions should be scoped as part of the program? What should be provided by other parts of the organization, outsourced or provided through collaboration with other organizations?

The National Digital Stewardship Alliance (NDSA) Standards & Practices Working Group is conducting a survey of organizations currently responsible for digital preservation to gain insight into how organizations worldwide are addressing these staffing, scoping and organizational questions.

Only one response should be submitted per institution. The survey will close on August 17, 2012.

To begin, click *here*, or point your browser to https://harvard.qualtrics.com/SE/?SID=SV_bDE8UQ1rK17JHqk [link expired]

Please email any questions to ndsa@loc.gov with the subject line Staffing Survey.

ICPSR is one of the original members of NDSA, and Assistant Director Mary Vardigan is on the Standards & Practices working group.

The group will make its best effort to protect your individual survey responses so that no one will be able to connect your responses with you or your organization. Any personal information that could identify you or your organization will be removed or changed before results are made public. Individual responses will be combined with the responses of others; only the aggregated results will be made public.

If you would like to plan your answers before filling out the online survey, you can access the survey worksheet.  After you take the survey, if you would like a copy of your institution’s responses, please send the request to ndsa@loc.gov with the subject line Staffing Survey and indicate in the email your institution and the IP address from which you submitted the survey.


China Data Center and ICPSR announce partnership

ICPSR is pleased to announce a partnership with the University of Michigan China Data Center (CDC) effective July 1, 2012. CDC integrates historical, social, and natural science data on China and offers an online geographic analysis system. The center provides a rich array of information on China and offers comprehensive statistics, census data, and spatial data of China online and on CD.  While housed at ICPSR headquarters in the Institute for Social Research, it will officially report to the Office of the Vice President for Research at the University of Michigan and be operated as an independent data service.

"We are extremely excited to welcome the China Data Center and its Director, Shuming Bao," said ICPSR Director George Alter. "The CDC brings important new dimensions to ICPSR, both in its extensive collection of data about China and in Dr. Bao's expertise in geographic information systems and spatial analysis.  We expect both ICPSR and CDC to benefit from this new collaboration."

Membership in CDC and ICPSR remain separate, but Alter expects synergies between the two organizations to result in added value for both. For example, technology behind the CDC's online China Geo-Explorer may be applied to ICPSR data.

CDC was established in the University of Michigan's International Institute in 1997, and under a new agreement will be overseen by an executive committee to be appointed by the Vice President for Research, with staffing and administrative support provided by ICPSR.


New releases through 2012-07-08

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.


Announcing the ICPSR Open Beta

Every 2-3 years, ICPSR takes a moment to re-evaluate how we can best serve the ICPSR membership, and we redesign our Web site accordingly. In early September, we will launch our latest redesign, and we'd like to give you the opportunity to test our new site prototype, and give us additional feedback on potential improvements.

The new site can be found here:


and we'll be doing beta testing during the month of July. In August, we'll make changes based upon your feedback and do the last-minute polishing necessary before site launch.

For this resdesign, our goals were pretty straight-forward:

  • Improve navigation so that users are presented with a smaller set of options tailored to their specific tasks.

  • Make it easier for users to determine how a study matches their search terms.

  • Improve searching overall and direct users to more productive search techniques.

  • Tailor the search experience so that it aligns better with other popular searches, so that users can leverage their search experience.

  • Improve search engine optimization so that data users unfamiliar with ICPSR are more likely to find us.

  • Make variable results more accessible by adding a variable comparison utility and the ability to view variables within their context.

More detail on the redesign changes can be found here:


Please note that the content of some sections (such as Data Management) is still being revised.

As always, we welcome your feedback. If you have comments or suggestions, please send them to web-support@icpsr.umich.edu. Your help in testing the new site is greatly appreciated.