Upcoming webinar series goes "In-Depth with ICPSR"

Join ICPSR for a six-part webinar series titled "In-Depth with ICPSR" designed to orient those new to ICPSR to our data, our tools and services related to our data, and our training and educational resources.  Join us for all six webcasts or just the ones you need to make the most of your access to ICPSR.

Who should attend? Faculty, students, librarians, and researchers who are looking for data to write papers or theses; desire to conduct secondary research; require data management services to fulfill grant requirements; need research methods training; or need teaching tools to help support quantitative literacy efforts in undergraduate instruction.

All webcasts are free and open to the public, and recordings and slides will be posted on ICPSR's YouTube channel.  You will need to register for each webcast you plan to attend.

Session Descriptions and Registration Links:

General Orientation to ICPSR Data Services
February 4, 2 p.m. EST 
This webcast will be a fast-paced overview of data services and training provided by ICPSR.  This session will provide a solid foundation for the sessions that follow!
Registration link:  https://www2.gotomeeting.com/register/658881274

OR/DR Orientation
February 11, 2 p.m. EST
New to or considering the Official or Designated Representative role?  This webcast will cover the OR/DR role and highlight online ICPSR-provided resources to help promote awareness and use of our data services. 
Not an OR/DR?  The resources/techniques in this webinar can still be of great value in promoting ICPSR and other data services across your organization!
Topics will include:
  • Promotional tools and materials available to you from ICPSR (brochures, slide presentations, online and print materials)
  • OR Tools and on-demand utilization reports
  • The OR Handbook (online)
  • OR Meeting 2013 & Summer Program Sessions for ORs
Registration link: https://www2.gotomeeting.com/register/403576674

ICPSR Education & Teaching Services
February 19, 2 p.m. EST
ICPSR has developed a number of resources dedicated to supporting quantitative literacy by getting data into the classroom, and by providing paid undergraduate research internships and research paper opportunities.  This session will provide an in-depth look at our teaching resources, our student opportunities, and an overview of ICPSR’s Summer Program -- our renowned program of courses for beginning and advanced students of quantitative methods.
Registration link: https://www2.gotomeeting.com/register/481052802

Hands-On With ICPSR
This three-part series will take the attendee deep into data discovery, data exploration, and data sharing and access at ICPSR.  Attendees can sit back and watch but are encouraged to discover and explore their research interests as the presenter walks them through these exciting data tools.  That's right, multi-tasking is encouraged during these sessions!

Part I: Discovering ICPSR Data 
February 25, 2 p.m. EST
This session will cover effective search strategies, ICPSR's bibliography of data-related literature, our growing tools associated with the social science variables database, and more!
Registration link: https://www2.gotomeeting.com/register/343617266

Part II: Explore ICPSR Data
February 26, 2 p.m. EST
Whether you are interested in exploring data for further analysis or conducting analysis with online tools, this session is for you!  This session will introduce ICPSR's online analysis system known as SDA, quick tables, our custom crosstab tool, and other tools to aid in data exploration.
Registration link: https://www2.gotomeeting.com/register/753537714

Part III: Data Deposit & Restricted Data Access
February 27, 2 p.m. EST
The final session in the series will cover the benefits of sharing and archiving data, introduce the process for depositing data at ICPSR, and provide an orientation to our restricted data services, including an overview of the various access points to data that present confidentiality concerns.
Registration link: https://www2.gotomeeting.com/register/417259626

We look forward to your participation!  Please forward these webinar opportunities to anyone who may be interested in ICPSR data services. Please email lindamd@umich.edu with any questions.


Thomson Reuters webinar to feature ICPSR

A webinar titled "Completing the Circle: Perspectives on Integrating Datasets in Basic Research and Discovery," conducted by Thomson Reuters and scheduled for 11 a.m. EST January 31, will include ICPSR's Assistant Director Mary Vardigan.

Vardigan will be joined by Michael Diepenbroek of the PANGAEA archive in Germany; John Kunze, associate director of the University of California Curation Center; and Nigel Robinson, director of York operations for Thomson Reuters.

The session will address the challenges and solutions to promoting datasets and digital scholarship at different institutions, and will review how various stakeholders view the Data Citation Index from Thomson Reuters.

The webinar is open to researchers, librarians, funders, data repository administrators, and others in the community. Registration is required.

PAA Conference Coming Up, April 11-13th

The upcoming annual meeting of the Population Association of America (PAA) will be held on April 11th through April 13th at the Sheraton New Orleans Hotel. For more information on the conference, please refer to the conference page on the PAA website. To learn more about PAA, please click here.


New Releases through 2013-01-20

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.

Data held by ICPSR cited in Washington Post blog

Glenn Kessler, author of the Washington Post's Fact Checker blog, cited data on gun ownership held at ICPSR in a post discussing the claim often repeated by politicians that 40 percent of all gun purchases are made without a background check on the buyer.

Kessler analyzed the dataset used to produce this statistic, the National Study of Private Ownership of Firearms in the United States, 1994, to show that the figure is actually much lower -- more like 26.4 percent.

ICPSR holds 17 other studies on the subject of gun ownership as well.


First "Life Of A Dataset" webinar available for viewing; room still available for next two

Video and slides are now available of the first of three webinars on the "Life Of A Dataset," a detailed description of what happens to a dataset when it comes to ICPSR -- from deposit to processing to dissemination -- and space is still open to view the next two live.

The first session focused on the process of depositing data and was presented by Sue Hodge, Instructional Resources, and Piper Simmons, Acquisitions.

The next webinar is titled "The Process of Processing," and will outline the way data are reviewed, cleaned, archived, and prepared for dissemination. It will take place Wednesday, January 23 at 1 p.m. EST. To register, visit https://www2.gotomeeting.com/register/776530618/.

The final presentation is called "Discovery and Dissemination," and will address study descriptions, metadata, codebooks, and the final steps in releasing data for distribution. It is scheduled for Wednesday, January 30 at 1 p.m. EST, and registration is available at https://www2.gotomeeting.com/register/804318458/.

For more information on the Life Of A Dataset presentation, visit http://www.icpsr.umich.edu/icpsrweb/content/datamanagement/life-of-dataset.html.


Two weeks left for submissions to Research Paper Competition

Students:  Have you just completed a research paper?  
Faculty:  Have you just read an outstanding research paper?  
Why not submit it to the ICPSR Research Paper Competition?
ICPSR invites submissions for our 2013 Research Paper Competition from undergraduates and master's students at member institutions. 
The deadline for submissions is January 31!
The purpose of the competitions is to highlight exemplary research papers based on quantitative analysis. We are holding three contests this year:

All competitions are open to students currently pursuing or who recently received undergraduate or master's degrees.
The awards are $1,000 for first place and $750 for second place in each category.
More information is found at http://www.icpsr.umich.edu/icpsrweb/content/ICPSR/prize/index.html


NAHDAP releases Pathways to Desistance subject follow-up and collateral data

The National Addiction & HIV Data Archive Program (NAHDAP) is pleased to announce the release of additional data from the Pathways to Desistance series. In August 2012, the subject baseline data were released. The baseline file has been updated, and ten additional waves of follow-up data over a period of seven years have been newly released following the subjects. Also released are data from interviews conducted with a collateral (family member, friend) of the subject. The collateral data contain a baseline file along with three more files of yearly follow-up interviews asking about the subject on similar topics as what the subject answered in their own interviews.

Pathways to Desistance was a multi-site study that followed 1,354 serious juvenile offenders from adolescence to young adulthood in two locales. Enrolled into the study were adjudicated youths from the juvenile and adult court systems in Maricopa County (Phoenix), Arizona (N=654) and Philadelphia County, Pennsylvania (N=700) from 2000 through 2010. The aim of this project was to build a comprehensive picture of life changes in a wide array of areas over the course of time for these juvenile offenders.

More information about this study is available on the Pathways to Desistance Web site.


2012 MARC Updates Now Available

A MARC file is now available that lists all studies added or updated in 2012. For more information, please visit our page on MARC Metadata Records.

If you have any questions, please consult the FAQs on that page and/or email web-support@icpsr.umich.edu.