2012-11-30

Video, slides available from webcast on IRBs and data sharing

Video and slides are now available from the webinar titled "Navigating Your IRB to Share Research Data" presented by Amy Pienta and Kaye Marz, director and manager, respectively, of ICSPR's National Addition & HIV Data Archive Program.

The session addressed concerns that researchers may have about how to apply to an institutional review board for permission to share research data. Older data collections may not have been designed with data sharing in mind, and planning new data collection activities with IRB oversite can be difficult given disclosure risks inherent in complex study designs and researcher demands for identifying data. This webinar provided guidelines for working with IRBs to maximize data sharing.

Other webinars can also be found at ICPSR's YouTube channel.

2012-11-28

Data from New Family Structures Study available to ICPSR members

Data from the New Family Structures Study, a study of Americans aged 18-39 who were raised in different types of family arrangements, is now available to ICPSR members.

The sample included respondents that had lived in biologically intact household, lived with cohabitating parents, adoptive, step, or single parents, with parents who had same-sex relationships, or with parents who remarried after divorce. Respondents were asked about a range of topics, including social behaviors, health behaviors, and relationships.

More information on the study can be found at its Web site. The Principal Investigator is Mark Regnerus of the University of Texas.

The data can only be accessed by individuals at member institutions. A list of ICPSR members can be found here. Users at member institutions must sign in using an ICPSR MyData account or their Google or Facebook accounts.

Four new datasets, Training Guide and Updated User Guide now available

The new datasets contain Monthly Grain Prices, Annual Grain Prices, Customs Records on exports, and Natural Disasters.

2012-11-27

Several Data Updates to the National Longitudinal Study of Adolescent Health (Add Health) Now Available

DSDR is pleased to announce that several data updates to the National Longitudinal Study of Adolescent Health (Add Health) are now available. For the Wave IV Biomarker Data [Restricted Use] (ICPSR 33443), Part 3 (Wave IV Biomarker Consent Data) was added, and Part 1 (Wave IV, Biomarkers, Glucose Data) was updated. For the Contextual Data [Restricted Use] (ICPSR 27024), Part 8 (Wave III Census Region) and Part 9 (Wave IV Census Region) were added.

DSDR Welcomes Three New Research Assistants

DSDR is pleased to welcome three new Research Assistants to the project. John Yim is a sophomore at the University of Michigan, where he is pursuing a double major in Political Science and International Relations. Joseph Lindblad, a native of Connecticut, is currently a senior at the University of Michigan majoring in political science and minoring in Chinese language. Joseph Chatham is in the process of attaining his bachelor's degree in Sociology and Political Science from the University of Michigan. Click here to read their biographies and meet the rest of the DSDR staff. We are excited to welcome them to the DSDR team, where they will be assisting with processing studies.

New Study: Great Plains Population and Environment Data: Biogeochemical Modeling Data (ICPSR 31681)

DSDR is pleased to announce the release of the Great Plains Population and Environment Data: Biogeochemical Modeling Data, 1860-2003 [United States] Study (ICPSR 31681). This study is part of a series of studies assembled by an interdisciplinary research team led by Myron Gutmann of the University of Michigan between 1995 and 2004, as part of a research project funded by the National Institute of Child Health and Human Development (Grant Number R01 HD33445 to the University of Michigan). Specifically, this study contains environmental data and is meant to aid the modeling of the biogeochemical effects of cropping in the Great Plains region. Click here to browse the study description or access the study's datafiles or documentation.

China Multi-Generational Panel Dataset, Liaoning (CMGPD-LN) Update Now Available

DSDR is pleased to announce the release of updated files for the China Multi-Generational Panel Dataset, Liaoning (CMGPD-LN). The China Multi-Generational Panel Dataset - Liaoning (CMGPD-LN) is drawn from the population registers compiled by the Imperial Household Agency (neiwufu) in Shengjing, currently the northeast Chinese province of Liaoning, between 1749 and 1909. It provides 1.5 million triennial observations of more than 260,000 residents from 698 communities. Parts 1 and 3 were updated, and parts 7 through 11 were added. Specifically, the new parts added include the Position 2 Supplement data (Part 7), Monthly Grain Prices data (Part 8), Annual Grain Prices Data (Part 9), Yingkou Custom Records (Part 10), and Natural Disasters data (Part 11). Click here to browse the study description or access the study datafiles or documentation.

Chitwan Valley [Nepal] Family Study (ICPSR 4538) Update Now Available

DSDR is pleased to announce that updated data and documentation files are now available for the Chitwan Valley [Nepal] Family Study (ICPSR 4538). The study was designed to investigate the influence of changing social contexts on family formation behaviors, marriage, childbearing, and contraceptive use. The research investigates the extent to which changes in the community produce changes in family formation behavior, and whether the family organization of individual life courses produces these changes in behavior. The study used a combination of ethnographic and survey research methods to gather 171 neighborhood histories, 142 school histories, 118 health service histories, 20 bus route histories, household farming practices, family planning histories, and household composition in Western Chitwan, Nepal. Click here to view the study description or access the study's datafiles or documentation.

2012-11-20

Fall Bulletin: Jared Lyle named Director of Curation Services

The top story in the Fall 2012 ICPSR Bulletin (PDF, 629KB) is the appointment of Jared Lyle to the position of Director of Curation Services.

Lyle has been with ICPSR since 2004, most recently as a research associate managing data acquisitions. As Director of Curation Services, Lyle will develop and maintain a comprehensive approach to data management and digital preservation policy.

Other items of note from this edition of the Bulletin:

  • Descriptions of new projects including the Metadata Portal for the ANES and GSS datasets and an initiative funded by the Sloan Foundation on standardizing data citation
  • Reminders of upcoming deadlines for grants, internships and a research paper competitions
  • Questions and answers with data depositor Mark Regnerus of the University of Texas (our hope is to feature a different data depositor in each Bulletin -- to suggest someone, email dmeisler@umich.edu).



Thanks for reading, and Happy Thanksgiving!

2012-11-19

New Releases through 2012-11-18

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

Updates

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

2012-11-16

Webinar coming up on working with IRBs to share research data


Amy Pienta and Kaye Marz of ICPSR's National Addiction and HIV Data Archive Program will present a webinar on Nov. 28 titled "Navigating Your IRB to Share Research Data."

They will share guidelines for working with Institutional Review Boards to release data that may contain sensitive information, such as studies on substance abuse. This session will be relevant both to older data collections, which may not have been designed with sharing in mind, as well as newer studies that may have more complex designs.

Please join us by reserving a seat at https://www2.gotomeeting.com/register/225075386.

2012-11-14

Applications being accepted for ICPSR Summer Internships


Applications are now being taken for the 2013 ICPSR Summer Undergraduate Internship Program, an intensive, ten-week program for undergraduate students interested in social science research.

The NSF-funded program matches students with mentors at ICPSR, and supports exploration of a research question from start to finish -- including literature searches, data analyses, and creation of conference-ready posters summarizing students' research findings.

Applications are now being taken through an on-line application portal. Two letters of recommendation are required, and can also be sent over the Web. The deadline is January 31, 2013.

For examples of research projects that 2012 interns completed, see these videos.

Research Grants Competition: Measures of Effective Teaching Longitudinal Database

ICPSR is pleased to introduce the Measures of Effective Teaching Longitudinal Database project, along with an associated Early Career Research Grants competition. This project offers to researchers rich video data and a diverse set of quantitative data from elementary and middle school classrooms. First access to the collection will be given to researchers via the Early Career Research Grants competition, which will award up to 10 grants of $25,000 each to conduct a research study using the extensive collection. Please visit the Web site for more details on both the project and the grants competition.

2012-11-13

Webinar on IRBs and data sharing coming up


Amy Pienta and Kaye Marz of ICPSR's National Addiction and HIV Data Archive Program will present a webinar on Nov. 28 titled "Navigating Your IRB to Share Research Data."

They will share guidelines for working with Institutional Review Boards to release data that may contain sensitive information, such as studies on substance abuse. This session will be relevant both to older data collections, which may not have been designed with sharing in mind, as well as newer studies that may have more complex designs.

Please join us by reserving a seat at https://www2.gotomeeting.com/register/225075386.

Webcast coming on incorporating data into community college classes

Kathy Rowell, a professor of sociology at Sinclair Community College in Dayton, Ohio, will lead a webinar scheduled for Nov. 19 titled "Integrating Data Analysis into the Community College Curriculum."

Space is limited, so reserve your spot at https://www2.gotomeeting.com/register/770576698.

Professor Rowell has been instrumental in the Integrating Data Analysis initiative of the American Sociological Association since the early 1990s. She will share her favorite resources and sample activities and tips from her own classroom, and address the challenges faced by community college faculty when using data in the classroom.

Final webinar on Measures of Effective Teaching set for Nov. 16

Please join us for the last of three webinars on the Measures of Effective Teaching (MET) video archiving project at 2 p.m. on Friday, Nov. 16.

To reserve your seat in this limited-space webcast, please visit https://www2.gotomeeting.com/register/254617250.

The webinar will focus on the Early Career Research Grants competition, which will award up to 10 grants of $25,000 each to conduct research using the MET Longitudinal Database. The grants are a partnership between the National Academy of Education and the University of Michigan's Institute for Social Research.

ICPSR site briefly down for maintenance Thurs, Nov. 15, 8pm EST

This Thursday, November 15, starting at 8 pm EST, the ICPSR site will be unavailable for about fifteen minutes for routine maintenance. We apologize for any inconvenience to our users.

UMass, ICPSR exploring nanotechnology archive

The University of Massachusetts Amherst Libraries and ICPSR are collaborating under an Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS) grant to explore the development of digital repository for data on the ethical, legal and social implications of nanoscience and emerging technologies research.

Other partners include the Centers for Nanotechnology and Society at Arizona State University and at the University of California Santa Barbara.

ICPSR will provide consulting services for the project, which will explore the future integration of digital services for researchers studying the implications of nanotechnology.

See this UMass press release for more information.

2012-11-12

New Releases through 2012-11-11

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

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

2012-11-09

Upcoming webinar focuses on disclosure risk

Please join us on Wednesday, Nov. 14 for a webinar titled "Disclosure Risk Assessment and Mitigation: An Overview," conducted by JoAnne McFarland O'Rourke, ICPSR's Human Research Protection Officer.

The webinar will introduce participants to the key concepts and practices of assessing and mitigating disclosure risk, which involves balancing the utility of a dataset with the risk of revealing confidential information about the data subjects.

Examples of disclosure analysis will be provided, as well as a variety of options for mitigating disclosure risk.

Please register by following this link.

2012-11-02

NAHDAP releases 2011 Monitoring the Future data

The National Addiction & HIV Data Archive Program (NAHDAP) is pleased to announce the release of the 2011 Monitoring the Future data for the 8th / 10th grade and 12th grade studies. Both studies are now available for download. Also, the Core Data file (Part 0001) of the 12th grade study is available for online analysis through ICPSR's SDA system.

Monitoring the Future is an annual, national survey sponsored by the National Institute on Drug Abuse and conducted by the University of Michigan. Each year nearly 50,000 8th, 10th, and 12th graders complete surveys to explore changes in drug use, educational aspirations and attitudes, personal values and behaviors, and lifestyle orientations of youth across the United States.

More information about Monitoring the Future can be found on their web site.