Webinar: RCMD Today - Health data, political data, and so much more!

RCMD Today - Health data, political data, and so much more! Join us for a Webinar on May 21
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This webinar will introduce or re-introduce users to the Resource Center for Minority Data (RCMD). During this session, we invite participants to join us to explore the recent data acquisitions and data enhancements available through the RCMD.

RCMD is an initiative of ICPSR. The changing demographic composition has expanded the scope of the U.S. racial and ethnic mosaic. As a result, interest and research on race and ethnicity has become more complex and expansive. Initially, ICPSR tapped its archives to assemble existing data files that focused upon communities of color. Since the late 1990's, there has been a marked increase in studies and projects on more minorities communities and exploring a wider range of experiences and relationships.

RCMD seeks to assist in the public dissemination and preservation of quality data to generate more "good science" for years to come. Finally, RCMD wants to be part of an interactive community of persons interested and be involved in minority related issues/investigations in order to make possible the broadest scope of research endeavors and examinations.

This webinar is free and open to the public. We encourage you to share this invitation. 

Title: RCMD Today - Health data, political data, and so much more! 
Date: Tuesday, May 21, 2013 
Time: 1:00 PM - 2:00 PM EDT 

After registering you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the Webinar. 

System Requirements
PC-based attendees:
Required: Windows® 7, Vista, XP or 2003 Server 

Mac®-based attendees:
Required: Mac OS® X 10.6 or newer Mobile attendees
Required: iPhone®, iPad®, Android™ phone or Android tablet


New Add Health Contextual Data Now Available

DSDR is pleased to announce the release of new contextual data as part of the National Longitudinal Study of Adolescent Health (Add Health), 1994-2008: Contextual Data [Restricted Use] (ICPSR 27024). Specifically, Part 10 (Wave IV Grouping File Data), Part 11 (Wave III Supplemental Tract-Level Contextual Data), and Part 12 (Wave IV Supplemental Tract-Level Contextual Data) were added to the data collection. Additionally, both the original codebook supplied by the principal investigators as well as the ICPSR codebook for all three parts were added. The data for these parts is restricted and requires the submission of a restricted data use application, but the documentation files are publicly available for download.


ICPSR Summer Program Workshop on Blacks in the US and the Caribbean.

The ICPSR Summer Program is holding a workshop focused on survey research conducted on African-Americans and Blacks from the Caribbean.

The workshop is titled "Family Connections Across Generations and Nations: Jamaica, Guyana, and the United States."

There are two key aims of this workshop. The first is to increase awareness of the rich complex national surveys of Black Americans and Caribbean persons from Jamaica and Guyana collected by scholars affiliated with the Program for Research on Black Americans, the Institute for Social Research, the University of Michigan. The second aim it is to provide scholars with opportunities to construct their own measures of family connections and intergenerational linkages, expectations of intra-familial and intergenerational relations, and formal and informal service needs and utilization patterns.

Application: Admission to this course is through a competitive application process. Enrollment is limited to 25 participants. Applications must include a vita and a cover letter summarizing research interests, course objectives, quantitative/statistical background, and experience, as well as a completed on-line enrollment through the Program registration site. All supporting materials must be submitted electronically through the Summer Program registration Portal on each applicant's Summer Program account page.
Deadline: Applications are due by Monday, May 6, 2013.
For more information go to:

Webinar: An Introduction to the Gates Millennium Scholars and Washington State Achievement Scholars Data

Join us for a Webinar on May 8
Space is limited.
Reserve your Webinar seat now. This webinar will introduce and alert users to the newly released Gates Millennium Scholars and Washington State Achievement Scholars data. We will review the efforts the RCMD took to prepare these data for public access, the unique characteristics and enhancements of these data, and the procedures and policies to access these data as well as the restricted use versions of these data.
This webinar is free and open to the public. We encourage you to share this invitation.

Title: An Introduction to the Gates Millennium Scholars and Washington State Achievement Scholars Data
Date: Wednesday, May 8, 2013
Time: 1:00 PM - 2:00 PM EDT
After registering you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the

System Requirements

PC-based attendees
Required: Windows® 7, Vista, XP or 2003 Server
Mac®-based attendees
Required: Mac OS® X 10.6 or newer Mobile attendees
Required: iPhone®, iPad®, Android™ phone or Android tablet


Webinar: The Legal and Policy Landscape for Research Data

Join us for a Webinar on April 25.

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Intellectual property and associated policy issues surrounding data sharing, use and reuse can be tricky to understand and apply in academic research settings. In this Webinar, MacKenzie Smith will discuss the legal and policy landscape for research data, including clarifying laws governing data and explaining challenges and opportunities to improving data governance from a non-lawyer's perspective.

The Webinar will be presented by MacKenzie Smith, University Librarian at UC Davis and research fellow for the Creative Commons organization, where she has worked extensively on data governance and intellectual property policy for data, and particularly scientific research data.

This webinar is free and open to the public.

Title: The Legal and Policy Landscape for Research Data
Date: Thursday, April 25, 2013
Time: 3:00 PM - 4:00 PM EDT

After registering you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the Webinar.

3rd China Multi-generational Panel Dataset (CMGPD) Summer Workshop

We will hold our 3rd China Multi-generational Panel Dataset (CMGPD) Summer Workshop July 15-19, 2013 at Shanghai Jiaotong University, Minhang Campus. Please see Cameron Campbell's blog for details.

Streamlined Online Analysis Available for Testing

ICPSR has created a streamlined interface for SDA using its built-in XML export capabilities. The new interface improves SDA in the following ways:

  • Adds drag and drop for selecting row/column/filter/control.
  • Moves display changes to output screen so that variable selection is simpler.
  • Streamlines handling of weights by removing weight selection if only one weight is available (and required).

You can view this on the ICPSR Web site for all studies with SDA objects. Just look for the "run simple crosstab/frequency" link in the Dataset(s) section of the study home page.

The goal of this project was to create a simpler crosstab interface for grad students and undergrads and to build a foundation for further development, such as adding the ability to export a result table to PowerPoint or Excel.

If you have any comments/suggestions about the new interface, or even recommendations on other ways we might improve online analysis, please email web-support@icpsr.umich.edu.


Free Data Workshop


July 29-31, 2013
Ann Arbor, MI

Conducting coordinated analyses across data sets is a powerful way to harness the strengths of several studies while controlling sample characteristics. This data training workshop will introduce researchers to different methods for working with multiple datasets in order to answer research questions about children’s development, programs designed to support their development, and the relationships been program participation and supports and development. In addition, time will be spent understanding two prominent nationally representative studies of the nation’s largest early care and education program – Head Start – and how to use data from these studies in your research:

  • Head Start Impact Study (HSIS), 2002-2006, including a sneak preview and discussion of the Third-Grade Follow-up
  • Head Start Family and Child Experiences Survey (FACES), all cohorts including the newly-available 2009 data

Participants will learn the studies' purpose, methods, and key findings, as they gain exposure to these data and discover how each can be analyzed together and in concert with other early care and education data using methods such as cross-cohort analysis and coordinated secondary data analysis. Participants will learn and examine the issues inherent in these methods such as disparate samples, differing instruments, and different study time periods.

Participants are expected to have a basic understanding of secondary data, fundamental data analysis skills, knowledge of SPSS, SAS, or Stata, and a substantive interest in early care and education.

The workshop is free, but enrollment is limited. Researchers interested in using these datasets to answer policy relevant questions in child development and early care and education are encouraged to apply, especially if relevant to either the Head Start or Child Care and Development Fund programs. All applications must include a vita and cover letter summarizing research interests and experiences. Admitted graduate students, post-doctoral scholars and junior faculty/researchers will be considered for one of a limited number of stipends to help with travel and housing costs. To be considered for one of these awards, applicants must also submit a letter of support from a senior faculty member, mentor, or advisor.

Application deadline: May 31, 2013

Applications are competitive. A limited number of stipends will be awarded.
For more information or to apply visit: http://www.icpsr.umich.edu/icpsrweb/sumprog/courses/0167


DSDR Director and Staff Presented at the PAA Conference

DSDR Director Mary McEniry was joined by NICHD Project Scientist Regina Bures on Thursday, April 11th, at the Population Association of America (PAA) Conference in the Sheraton New Orleans Hotel. The invitation regarding the presentation can be seen below. Additionally, DSDR Archive Manager Tannaz Sabet and Research Technician Senior Tom Pavone attended the conference from April 10th through 13th to represent DSDR at a booth in the Exhibit Hall.

Consumer Expenditure Survey 8th annual FREE Microdata User's Workshop

The Consumer Expenditure Survey (CE) is hosting its 8th annual FREE Microdata User's Workshop July 17-19 in Washington, DC. Registration is now OPEN! Participants at the conference will have the opportunity to receive hands-on instruction for computing results using the CE microdata and attend presentations describing both methodology and results of recent research. Additional information on the workshop, including links to the registration form and call for presenters are available on the CE User's Workshop webpage


NBGSA Founders Fellowship for Quantitative Methods

The National Black Graduate Student Association (NBGSA) is proud to announce the "NBGSA Founders Fellowship for Quantitative Methods" to provide scholarships for recipients to attend the Inter-university Consortium for Political and Social Research (ICPSR) Summer Program in Quantitative Methods of Social Research at the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor. The fellowship is named after the six founders of the NBGSA in recognition of the 25th anniversary of the National Black Graduate Student Association. The six founders, all alumni of the University of Michigan, are strong supporters of the ICPSR summer program and see this fellowship as a way to encourage Black faculty and graduate students to attend the Summer Program and advance their quantitative skills. The fellowship award is designed to reflect the NBGSA's commitment to scholarship and research in the black community and within the academy.

The NBGSA Founders Fellowship for Quantitative Methods is a waiver of Program Scholar fees to attend the four and/or eight week courses of ICPSR Summer Program. There will be two (2) awards available and both recipients will attend the summer program with the title "NBGSA Fellows". There are no citizenship requirements, and awardees will be selected regardless of field of study, academic institution, national origin, religion, gender, age, race/ethnicity, disability status, or sexual orientationTo be eligible, you must be a current member of the NBGSA (i.e. you must not have any membership dues outstanding). Non-members will not be considered for this opportunity.

How to apply
To apply for the NBGSA Founders Fellowship for Quantitative Methods, applicants should submit the following materials to FoundersFellowship@nbgsa.org:
1.     A cover letter or statement of purpose including each the following items:
    1. Why the applicant would like to attend the ICPSR Summer Program.
    2. How the training will advance her/his career or completion of her/his degree.
    3. Why the applicant is a good fit for the NBGSA Founders Fellowship Award.
2.     A Curriculum Vitae or Resume including GPA and evidence of scholarly work and/or work experience.
3.     A Letter of Support/Recommendation from a faculty member or mentor/advisor in your field of study.
4.     A copy of his/her unofficial transcript(s).
5.     A writing sample featuring her/his use of quantitative reasoning or statistical methods.
  • Application materials must be sent as attachments in a single email message with the subject line NBGSA Founders Fellowship 2013 - [Applicant Name] to FoundersFellowship@nbgsa.org
  • Letters of support/recommendation must be sent via email to FoundersFellowship@nbgsa.org with the applicant's name in the email subject. 
  • Please note that letters sent via other forms of media (post, fax, etc.) will not be accepted. 
All application materials are due by April 26th 2013.

More information on the ICPSR Summer Program in Quantitative Methods, including the course schedule and course descriptions, can be found on the website: http://www.icpsr.umich.edu/icpsrweb/sumprog/index.jsp.
  • The first four-week session will run from June 24, 2013 through July 19, 2013. The second four-week session will run from July 22, 2013 through August 16, 2013. Please note that the Founders Fellowship does not cover short courses and living expenses.
  • Individuals who have previously attended the ICPSR Summer Program are encouraged to apply; however, preference may be given to first-time attendees.

Please send all materials and questions to:

HIV Stigma Study Released

On March 29th NAHDAP released both a public and restricted version of a new data file. This new study interviewed adults 50 years of age or older living in the Pacific Northwest who had previously contracted the HIV/AIDS virus. The study was sponsored by the National Institute on Mental Health and conducted by Dr. Charles Emlet of the University of Washington.

Purposive sampling was utilized to recruit 25 participants from the local AIDS service organization (ASO), county public health, infectious disease clinics, and medical centers. The participants completed a questionnaire on-site as part of a larger data collection effort. The data file contains basic demographic information to go with the CES-D (Center for Epidemiological Studies Depression Scale) and Berger's HIV Stigma Scale (1996).

Please come visit the study's home page to learn more about this new dataset offered by NAHDAP.



The Hanes Walton Jr. Award for Quantitative Methods Training will provide recipients with an opportunity to enhance their quantitative reasoning and statistical methods accumen by attending the ICPSR Summer Program in Quantitative Methods of Social Research.

The award is a waiver of Program Scholar fees to attend the four and/or eight week ICPSR Summer Program. There will be one award per category: (1) Graduate Students  in PhD programs who have acquired  ABD status; and (2) Tenure-Track & Non-Tenured Faculty. Awardees will also be eligible for a small travel stipend provided by NCOBPS. There are no citizenship requirements, and awardees will be selected regardless of race, national origin, religion, gender, age, disability, or sexual orientation.

Deadline: April 15, 2013

Summer Program link:

Link to flyer and more information:


New edition of ICPSR Bulletin available

The Spring 2013 edition of the ICPSR Bulletin newsletter is now available, featuring an article on the ICPSR Sloan project, which will be convening meetings of social science journal editors and representatives from domain repositories in June.The project, entitled "Building Community Engagement in Data Citation and Open Access to Data," is also sponsoring a Challenge Grants competition.

Other highlights in this issue of the Bulletin:

* ICPSR's new Education Archive Director Dr. Susan Jekielek
* Availability of ICPSR data in R format
* New ICPSR webinars on YouTube
* Measures of Effective Teaching grant awards
* Nominations process for biennial ICPSR awards

Gift to China Data Center promises increased access and collaborations

The China Data Center (CDC) at the University of Michigan has received a gift of $30,000 over three years to support its new Research Lab for China Studies. Shuming Bao, CDC director, said that the gift will help CDC develop the operations of the Research Lab, make more data available by offering a more secure data environment, and attract new data collections from universities, government agencies, and other institutions in China.

The gift from Zekuan Yang, chairman of the Kingzone Estate real estate company in Gansu Province, China, is the first private donation that the CDC has received. Yang's wife, Jinyuan Li, an assistant professor at Lanzhou University, Gansu Province, is a visiting scholar at CDC specializing in art and history, with a focus on western China.

"This is just a start," Yang said. "We'd like to provide more support in the future. And we'd like to encourage collaborations, not just with schools but also with corporations."

CDC has been housed at the Inter-university Consortium for Political and Social Research (ICPSR), part of the Institute for Social Research (ISR), since last year, when the two organizations began a partnership designed to take advantage of each other's strengths. CDC integrates historical, social, and natural science data on China and offers an online geographic analysis system. ICPSR maintains the world's largest archive of digital social science data.

"We are especially pleased that your gift will support a new initiative that can do wonderful things to increase our resources on China and our ability to collaborate with organizations in China," said ICPSR Director George Alter.

James Jackson, ISR director, cited the need to increase interactions and alliances with China, given that country's importance to the future of social and behavioral sciences. CDC's work, he said, is an important step in that direction.