2012-12-19

Webinar series coming up: "Life of a Dataset"

Join ICPSR in January for a webinar series titled "Life of a Dataset."  This three-part series will describe ICPSR's data management approach starting with the identification and deposit of data, to processing and cleaning, and finally to building metadata and tools to prepare the data for dissemination.
 
Whether you are collecting data, planning on sharing (depositing) data to meet funding agency requirements, or interested in repository and archive management, you will find lots of informative content and guidance. Each session will include a question-and-answer period.


Interested in all three sessions?  Please note you must register for each session individually.


Life of a Dataset Part I: The Deposit - Wednesday, January 16, 2013, at 1 pm EST
Register here: https://www2.gotomeeting.com/register/962668858
This stage in a dataset's life will discuss and describe the opening steps it takes on the path to dissemination through the Web site at www.icpsr.umich.edu. We'll cover the method of identifying data for acquisition, depositing of study materials (ingest), and the technical support that the Acquisitions unit provides to researchers. Tools for the researcher will be reviewed and the tools that are used by this unit will also be shown. 


Life of a Dataset Part II: The Process of Processing - Wednesday, January 23, 2013, at 1 pm EST
Register here: https://www2.gotomeeting.com/register/776530618
This stage in a dataset's life will describe the process of how the data are reviewed, cleaned, archived, and prepared for dissemination. The working relationship between the processor and the processing supervisor to ensure the confidentiality of respondents will be examined. The tools used by the processor to insure data security and accuracy in processing will be discussed. 


Life of a Dataset Part III: Discovery & Dissemination - Wednesday, January 30, 2013, at 1 pm EST
Register here: https://www2.gotomeeting.com/register/804318458
This stage in a dataset's life will relate how the study's description is built and the metadata are enriched to aid discovery. We'll consider how the codebook and other materials are created, and what final steps are taken to preserve the digital data in advance of their release. Finally, we will talk about how the study is released, announced, and disseminated through the ICPSR Web site.

ICPSR researcher publishes article on mortality and wealth


Susan Hautaniemi Leonard, an assistant research scientist at ICPSR, has published an article titled "Immigration, Wealth and the 'Mortality Plateau' in Emergent Urban-Industrial Cities of Nineteenth-Century Massachusetts" in the current issue of the journal Continuity and Change.

The article, written with co-authors Jeffrey Beemer of the University of Massachusetts-Amherst and Douglas Anderton of the University of South Carolina, proposes a hypothesis of the mortality transition in nineteenth-century New England focused on the impact of family wealth and immigration on individual-level mortality. This hypothesis is in contrast to earlier theories that propose a more uniform mortality transition.

The paper uses linked census and tax data from two cities in Massachusetts for the period 1850 to 1910, created by the Connecticut Valley Historical Demography Project with funding from NIH and NSF. These data allow comparisons of wealth as recorded on the census and as reported to the tax collector. The authors find an inverse relationship between wealth and mortality, mediated by migration considered at the individual, family, and community levels.

Continuity and Change, a journal of social structure, law and demography in past societies, is published by Cambridge Journals.

2012-12-17

New Releases through 2012-12-16

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.

2012-12-10

New Releases through 2012-12-09


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.