Tentative schedule for OR meeting announced

ICPSR is pleased to announce the tentative program content (and extremely tentative schedule!) for the ICPSR Biennial meeting taking place October 9-11, 2013.  We expect to launch the registration site in May.  We hope to see you in Ann Arbor in October!

Wednesday, October 9, 2013
A Tour through the Statistical Software Maze - ICPSR offers data in a variety of statistical software formats as well as online analysis (SDA) capabilities.  This hands-on introduction will enable attendees to get to know the software and SDA removing curiosity and perhaps some trepidation! Note: this is an introductory workshop - no statistical background is assumed.

An Orientation to the China Data Center (tentative) - This workshop is an orientation to The China Data Center at the University of Michigan, now a unit withing ICPSR.  The CDC is an international Center designed to advance the study and understanding of China. A primary goal of the Center is the integration of historical, social and natural science data in a geographic information system, where spatial and temporal references are maintained through a relational database. This will facilitate comparative and interdisciplinary uses of the data, enable both non-specialists and China scholars to understand and utilize these data, and enhance knowledge of China. 

Curating and Managing Research Data for Re-Use - Participants will learn about best practices for curating and managing research data, how to apply them to daily operations, and the types of tools that can assist.  This workshop borrows highlights from the 5-day workshop offered during the ICPSR Summer Program.

Teaching to "Teach with Data" - This workshop will provide tools, resources, and advice in assisting faculty, (even data-phobic faculty) to incorporate data into their curriculum.

Orientation for New ORs (DRs): Fundamentals and an Introduction to the OR/DR role - This session for new (and not so new) ORs will cover details on the organization of ICPSR and its governance, roles and responsibilities of the OR, where and to whom you can go for help, location and use of the ICPSR Web site, tips and tools for helping your users, and promoting ICPSR on your campus. This session is a must for those who are new to ICPSR. Come learn what makes this organization and the data it distributes so great!

ICPSR Refresher Course - After a short break from the OR/DR Orientation, this course will cover a broad overview of how to work effectively with ICPSR’s Web site, a rapid tour through ICPSR various data collections and data tools including the Online Learning Center.  We’ll also orient you to new research projects at ICPSR, as well as introduce you to some of the ORs that make ICPSR proud.

ICPSR Council Meeting – The October 2013 meeting of the ICPSR Council (Perry Building).

ICPSR Council Welcome Reception - Come launch the 2013 Biennial meeting with ICPSR Council, ICPSR staff, and fellow attendees at the Welcome Reception.  Brief tours of ICPSR headquarters will be offered.  For dinner on your own afterwards, dining guides to help you select from among Ann Arbor's many restaurants within walking distance are found in your tote bags.  

Thursday, October 10, 2013
Networking Breakfast

Access from A to Z! - The demand for 'free' open access is marching on, but access to professionally-curated data and long term preservation isn't free. Attend this session for a tour of the numerous initiatives ICPSR is undertaking to open access to research data (including restricted data!) while 'preserving' and promoting the benefits of professionally curated data.  A demonstration of a new 'data hosting' system is included in this session.

What? I did not know you had that data. - Data of intrigue and interest at ICPSR - This session will orient attendees  to intriguing, sometimes controversial, data held within the ICPSR collections!  Included in this discussion is expected to be: The New Family Structures survey; Gates Millennium Scholars project; Army STARRS project; Monitoring the Future; The National Longitudinal Study of Adolescent Health (ADD Health); LGBT archive.

What's Your (Data) Type? - Explore data of various 'types' including contextual and geographic data.

Supporting Teaching Faculty with Data - "Quantitative literacy." "Quantitative reasoning." "Critical thinking."  Institutions are very familiar with these terms and supportive of the goals.  How best can we support (and encourage!) faculty with data and data tools?  Come share the experience of ORs in this support role and share your own!

Business Meeting Luncheon - Join fellow ORs, Council, Staff, and guests for a State of the Consortium report.  Bring your appetites and your questions.  Report presentation to begin at approximately 12:15 pm.

Speed Networking & Knowledge-Building! - Back by popular demand, this session, facilitated by fellow ORs, enables attendees to select up to four different topics they would like to explore with other attendees for 20 minutes each.  Sessions are expected to include topics such as: Use of ICPSR/data in small colleges; ICPSR use as an international member; Teaching with ICPSR/data in the classroom; Career development opportunities for professionals in the data community; Encouraging data sharing/working with data depositors; Assisting data phobic faculty to bring data into the classroom, and more.

ICPSR Poster Session - Spectators AND participants are welcome to attend the ICPSR Poster Session.  Several of the ICPSR units and data collections will be on hand to answer your questions.  In addition, any meeting attendee desiring to present a poster to this data community is welcome and encouraged to do so.  Details on the poster session will be found on the ICPSR Biennial meeting Web site expected to launch in May.

ICPSR Awards Banquet - Join fellow meeting attendees for a dinner and the presentation of the  Warren E. Miller Award for Meritorious Service to the Social Sciences and the William H. Flanigan Award for Distinguished Services as an ICPSR Official Representative.

Friday October 11, 2013

Networking Breakfast

An Introduction to Curating & Managing Research Data for Re-Use - Learn about best practices for curating and managing research data by taking an introductory tour of the ICPSR data pipeline from acquisition to access!  This session is an abbreviated version of the Wednesday workshop.  Bring your questions!

Promoting ICPSR and Data Use Across Campus - This session will start with a cup of coffee and a brief tour of the on-demand tools available to member institutions to ease the process of promoting ICPSR on campus.  The session will really get percolating when fellow ORs describe how they promote ICSPR and data use across their own campuses and outside of typical social science disciplines!  Questions and sharing of effective techniques from attendees will be rewarded (with more creative ideas to take with you!).

Teaching with ICPSR Data Tools - Explore the many data tools, content, and opportunities that ICPSR has developed to assist in getting data into the classroom!  Learn how ORs have incorporated those ICPSR tools into the classroom and how they have encouraged others on their campus to do so.

A "Timely" Tour of ICPSR Data Collections, Projects, & Initiatives - This lightning talk will present a tour of ICPSR's topical data archives, sponsored projects, and data-related initiatives.  Each speaker will have a few minutes to orient you to their project or unit providing you enough information to understand the content and then go out later and explore the project effectively on your own.

Box Lunch Pick-up - To maximize time and accommodate Friday flight scheduling, come to pick up a box lunch and proceed to your last session!

Start Your Engines with Data Tools at ICPSR! - On your mark! Get ready for a speed demonstration of several of ICPSR's new and improved data tools.  This lighting talk will showcase tools including the SSVD, compare variables tools, the bibliography of data-related literature, restricted data management tools, data hosting, the data deposit form, and more.  The presentations will be fast - but there is always time for questions!

Data Discovery Strategies - The Unending Quest for Data! - This session will begin with an overview of data discovery tools that are useful to narrowing the search of ICPSR's over 8,000 studies/65,000 data sets.  It will proceed with stories from fellow ORs as they tell tales of interesting approaches to unique data requests.  Have a unique request of your own? Come ask your fellow ORs how they would approach your challenge.  We guarantee you cannot stump them!

Buses Depart for Metro Airport - See the signs and watch for ICPSR to get you loaded for a prompt 1:45 pm departure for the airport.  Riders can expect to arrive to the airport about 2:45 pm.


New Releases through 2013-03-24

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


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

    Update to Add Health Weight Components Data Released

    DSDR is pleased to announce the release of updated data for the National Longitudinal Study of Adolescent Health (Add Health), 1994-2008: Weight Components [Restricted Use] (ICPSR 27026). Specifically, the datafile for Part 6 (Wave IV In-Home Weight Components Data) was updated after the 'aid' variable was found to have been truncated. The correct width for the 'aid' variable has now been specified.


    ICPSR Council seeks nominees for new members

    The ICPSR Council serves as the executive committee for ICPSR member institutions.  The Council sets general policy for the Consortium, approves fees and budgets, and performs other duties.  The Council consists of twelve members serving four-year terms. Six new members are elected by the Official Representatives every second year.

    The Nominating Committee solicits your suggestions of persons with the experience, ability, and wisdom to serve on the Council.  Responsibility and willingness to work are also vital.  The Council meets three times each year, and members must devote time between meetings to review materials and undertake committee tasks.

    The best way for the Nominating Committee to prepare a strong slate is to have suggestions from Official Representatives and other friends of the Consortium.  We seek a diversity of people and perspectives.  You may nominate someone from your own institution, or anyone you think is qualified. All Council members must be affiliated with member institutions.  Council members need not be current or former Official Representatives, but they should be active supporters of the social science research enterprise.  
    The slate of six nominees will be emailed to Official Representatives during early fall 2013, and the slate will be approved by electronic ballot following the OR Meeting in October, during which there will be an opportunity for write-in nominations, as before.  Newly elected members of Council will be seated at the first meeting of Council in 2014.

    The Nominating Committee also nominates one of the continuing members to serve a two-year term as Council Chair.  We welcome your suggestions about who should serve in this position.

    These are the Council members of the Nominating Committee:
    • Rogelio Saenz, Chair, University of Texas at San Antonio 
    • G. Sayeed Choudhury, Johns Hopkins University
    • Paul N. Courant, University of Michigan
    • Catherine A. Fitch, University of Minnesota
    • Gregory N. Price, Morehouse College
    • Barbara Schneider, Michigan State University

    Thomas M. Carsey (Political Science, University of North Carolina - Chapel Hill) and Margaret Hedstrom (School of Information, University of Michigan) have also agreed to serve on the Nominations Committee. 

    Please send your suggestions to a special email address we have created: 

    In doing so, please provide a brief summary of the individual's qualifications, and make sure that the nomination reaches us by March 31, 2013. It would also be very helpful if you explained in your nomination why this person's expertise would be valuable to ICPSR.

    For your information, a list of the current members of the Council is found here: http://www.icpsr.umich.edu/icpsrweb/content/membership/governance/council.html 

    Nominations sought for two ICPSR awards

    As part of its mission to support the social sciences, ICPSR presents biennial awards to individuals who have distinguished themselves in their service to the social science community. We are seeking your nominations for these two awards.

    The Warren E. Miller Award for Meritorious Service to the Social Sciences was initiated in 1993 to recognize individuals who have had a profound impact on social science research and infrastructure. Warren E. Miller, a founder of ICPSR and its first Executive Director, demonstrated throughout his career exemplary service to the social science community and a talent for building institutions that have survived beyond his direct involvement and continue to prosper.

    The William H. Flanigan Award for Distinguished Service as an ICPSR Representative was established in 1995 and acknowledges significant contributions of individuals representing ICPSR member institutions. The award is named after William H. Flanigan, who served as ICPSR Official Representative from the University of Minnesota for 37 years, from ICPSR's inception in 1963 until 2000. He also served as Chair of the ICPSR Council from 1991 to 1993.

    Visit our website for more information on previous award recipients.

    The ICPSR Prizes Committee is constituted in odd numbered years to select candidates for these awards.  We are fortunate to have these members of the Committee for 2013: Professor Christopher Achen (Princeton University) and Ms. Marilyn Andrews (University of Regina), ICPSR Council representatives; Professor Tom W. Smith (University of Chicago) and Ms. Paula Lackie  (Carleton College), previous Miller Award Recipient and Flanigan Award Recipient respectively; and Sue Hodge, ICPSR staff representative.

    Please send your nominations to this special email address: mf-awards@icpsr.umich.edu 

    We greatly appreciate a brief summary of the individual's qualifications and explanation of why the nominee is a worthy recipient. The Prizes committee will consider the nominations, make a final determination of the award winners, and inform ICPSR Council of their decision. The awards will be given during the ICPSR Biennial Meeting of Official Representatives held October 9-11, 2013 in Ann Arbor, Michigan.

    Nominations are due no later than April 15.


    Catherine Millett. New Careers in Nursing (NCIN) Alumni Survey, 2013 (ICPSR 36228)

    Announcing the Winners of the MET Early Career Research Grants

    The University of Michigan's Institute for Social Research and the National Academy of Education are pleased to announce the winners of a grants competition that will provide ten early career educational researchers with access to the Measures of Effective Teaching (MET) Longitudinal Database. The ten winners of the MET Early Career Research Grants competition will receive $25,000 each and access to the database for one year. Winning researchers are required to prepare an article for submission to a peer-reviewed journal based on their research.
    Funding is provided by the William T. Grant Foundation and the Spencer Foundation.
    The grantees are:
    • Tanner LeBaron Wallace, University of Pittsburgh, School of Education
      Employing Urban Adolescent Interpretations of Instructional Practice to Distinguish Teacher Proficiency from Ceiling Effect in the Classroom Organizational Domain
    • Bryant Troy Jensen, Brigham Young University, School of Education
      Measuring Cultural Dimensions of Classroom Interactions
    • Leslie Dietiker, Boston University, School of Education
      Characteristics of Interesting Mathematics Lessons: A MET Video Study
    • Elizabeth A. Covay, Michigan State University, College of Education
      Differential Effects of Instruction on Achievement
    • Ning Rui, The Rockville Institute
      Assessing Reduction of Student Sorting Bias in Teacher Value-Added Estimates Through Experimental and Non-experimental Techniques
    • Benjamin Kelcey, Wayne State University, College of Education
      Measuring Teaching with Cross-classified Random Item Effects Item Response Models
    • Matthew P. Steinberg, University of Pennsylvania, Graduate School of Education, with Co-PI Rachel Garrett, University of Chicago
      From Practice to Performance: The Role of Observed Teacher Instruction in Student Achievement
    • Dennis Davis, University of Texas at San Antonio, College of Education and Human Development
      An In-depth Examination of Reading Comprehension Instruction in a Sample of MET Classrooms
    • Peter Halpin, with Co-PI Michael J. Kieffer, New York University, Steinhardt School of Culture, Education, and Human Development
      Teaching Practices to Accommodate Individual Differences in Middle School English Language Arts
    • Rachael E. Gabriel, with Co-PIs Morgaen Donaldson, Sarah Woulfin, and Kim LeChasseur, University of Connecticut, School of Education
      Levels of Interactional Focus for Teacher Evaluation: An Exploration of Contrasting Protocols for Effective ELA Instruction

    China Data Center offers demonstration at Association for Asian Studies conference

    The China Data Center at ICPSR invites anyone attending the Association for Asian Studies conference in San Diego this week to a special demonstration of its new Spatial Explorer of Religion service.

    The demonstration will be held from 2-3:30 p.m. on Wednesday, March 21, in the Betsy A room of the Manchester Grand Hyatt San Diego hotel. The Spatial Explorer of Religion allows for analysis of religion in China using GIS data.

    Sponsored by the China Data Center and the Center for Chinese Religion at Purdue University, the event will include an overview of the service by Shuming Bao of the China Data Center; a presentation of a case study on the shortage of Christian churches in four provinces by George Hong of Purdue University Calumet; and a presentation on religious change in Shanghai over the past century by Xiulin Sun of Shanghai University.

    Please contact chinadata@umich.edu or 734-647-9610 for any further details.


    Carl Lagoze joins ICPSR Council

    Carl Lagoze of the University of Michigan's School of Information is joining the ICPSR Council. He will replace Susan Cutter of the University of South Carolina, who is stepping down because of other commitments.  He will serve the remainder of Professor Cutters term on the Council, which runs through 2015.

    Professor Lagoze has been a leader in research on digital libraries and interoperability in information systems.  He is well known for his contributions to key developments, including the Flexible Extensible Digital Object Repository Architecture (Fedora); the Warwick Framework for the Dublin Core Metadata Initiative; the ABC Metadata Ontology; Open Archives Initiative Protocol for Metadata Harvesting (OAI-PMH); and Open Archives Initiative Object Reuse and Exchange (OAI-ORE). In recent years he has broadened his research to include socio-cultural factors in information system interoperability.

    He spent most of his career at Cornell University where he served on the faculty before joining the faculty of the University of Michigan in September 2012. At UM he teaches courses on Data Curation, and Digital Libraries and Archives. 

    STTR Data Harmonization Web Site

    NAHDAP and the National Institute on Drug Abuse are currently working on the creation of a website for the Seek, Test, Treat & Retain (STTR) Data Harmonization Initiative. This website will serve to assist members of the current STTR team with data collection efforts and will provide information to the public about the STTR project.

    Announcing ICPSR's Beta Testing Page

    ICPSR has a number of site enhancements that we're currently testing, and we would like to get your feedback on them. To that end, we've created a Projects in Testing page where you can find descriptions of our latest enhancements, as well as links so that you can preview the changes yourself.

    When we add new items for beta testing, we'll post it on our Web site and send an announcement out to the ICPSR-Announce email list.

    If you wish to provide any feedback on the new enhancements, please email us at web-support@icpsr.umich.edu. We appreciate your help.


    NACJD releases Survey of Youth in Residential Placement (SYRP)

    The National Archive of Criminal Justice Data (NACJD) is pleased to announce the release of the Survey of Youth in Residential Placement (SYRP) 2003, ICPSR study 34304. 

    Sponsored by the Offi­ce of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention (OJJDP), the Survey of Youth in Residential Placement (SYRP) is the only national survey that gathers data directly from youth in the juvenile justice system. SYRP surveys offender youth between the ages of 10 and 20 and asks about their backgrounds, offense histories and problems, the facility environment, experiences in the facility,  experiences with alcohol and drugs,  experiences of victimization in placement,  medical needs and services received and their expectations for the future. 

    The data are restricted from general dissemination. Users interested in obtaining these data must complete a Restricted Data Use Agreement form and specify the reasons for the request. Please see the study home page for more information about the study and access.


    Kinder Institute Releases Houston Area Asian Survey


    The new Houston Area Asian Survey, 2011 (previous ones in 1995 and 2002)), has been released by the Kinder Institute for Urban Research (Rice University). These surveys represent the first and only systematic studies of the all national origin groups encompassing form the Asian American populations for any American city. This study was released in early February.

    You can read more about the Houston Area Asian Survey here or read the complete report here.

    Click here to watch and learn more about this unique research study.


    ICPSR releases new datasets in R format

    ICPSR is pleased to announce that most new datasets we release will now be available in R format. Along with data files readable by software packages SAS, SPSS and Stata, data can now be downloaded as R datasets with the .rda extension.

    ICPSR has been releasing files in R since the beginning of the year, and currently has nearly 150 datasets available in the format.

    ICPSR Council member John Fox, a contributor to the R Project for Statistical Computing, and professor of sociology at McMaster University in Hamilton, Ontario, said: "Since its advent in the 1990s, R has become standard software for statisticians, and its use has subsequently spread dramatically to other fields, including the social and behavioral sciences. The ICPSR data archive is arguably the most important resource of its kind. It is therefore a very welcome development that data in the ICPSR archive will soon become much more conveniently accessible to R users."

    R files are available from each dataset's download page under the "Dataset(s)" section. ICPSR will be adding R files for studies that undergo updates, but is not planning to retrofit the full collection.