2013-05-29

New Study Released: Historical Demographic Data of Southeastern Europe: Orasac, 1824-1975 (ICPSR 32404)

DSDR is pleased to announce the release of Historical Demographic Data of Southeastern Europe: Orasac, 1824-1975 (ICPSR 32404). This new study release is the first component of the Historical Demographic Data of Southeastern Europe series, which derives from the ethnographic and archival research of Joel M. Halpern, Professor Emeritus of Anthropology at the University of Massachusetts at Amherst, in southeastern Europe from 1953 to 2006. This important data series is incredibly rich, and DSDR will work to release other components of the series in the near future.

This component of the series focuses exclusively on the Serbian village of Orasac and is composed of 64 datasets. The data provide insight into how social relations and household structures changed as Orasac developed from a market village into a small industrial center. Specifically, these data record a variety of demographic and economic information between the years of 1824 and 1975. General population information at the individual level is available in official census records from 1863, 1884, 1948, 1953, and 1961, and from population register records for the years of 1928, 1966, and 1975. Census data at the household level is also available for the years of 1863, 1928, 1948, 1953, and 1961. These data are followed by detailed records of engagement and marriage. Many of these data were obtained through the courtesy of village and county officials. Priest book records from 1851 through 1966, as well as death records from 1863 to 1976 and tombstone records from 1975, are also available. Information regarding migrants and emigrants was obtained from the village council for the years of 1946 through 1975. Lastly, the data provide economic and financial information, including records of individual landholdings (for the years of 1863, 1952, 1966, and 1975), records of government taxation at the individual or household level (for 1813 through 1840, as well as for 1952), and livestock censuses (at both the individual and household level for the years of 1824 and 1825, and only at the individual level for the years of 1833 and 1834).

Users should be aware that some parts of the data are restricted from general dissemination. Users who wish to obtain the restricted components of the data by filling out a restricted data use agreement should contact Tannaz Sabet, DSDR's Archive Manager, at: tannazs@umich.edu. More information is available via the study's description page.


View over Sumadija in Orasac. 

Image source: Mabe82, Wikimedia Commons. Available at: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:View_over_the_Sumadijan_landscape.jpg

2013-05-28

Application deadline approaching for workshop on Integrated Data Analysis

The National Addiction & HIV Data Archive Program (NAHDAP) is holding a workshop in Ann Arbor on July 1-3, 2013 entitled, Integrated Data Analysis for Addiction Research. The deadline for applications is June 1, 2013.

Integrated data analysis (IDA) allows for the pooling of separate data sets to create larger, more heterogeneous data sets that can be used to test hypotheses, despite differences across studies in populations, study design, and measurement. Unlike data harmonization which requires identical measures across datasets, IDA allows for the development of measures that are psychometrically equivalent across data sets. This training workshop will use lectures and hands-on training to introduce researchers to the IDA method and to statistical methods for the development of psychometrically equivalent measure of nicotine dependence across studies and levels of smoking exposure.

Prerequisites: Participants are expected to have a basic understanding of secondary data, fundamental data analysis skills, basic knowledge of SAS and Mplus, and a substantive interest in substance use and dependence. Basic knowledge of factor analysis/structural equation modeling would be helpful.

Stipend: A limited number of needs-based stipends are available to help with travel and housing costs. To be considered for a stipend, applicants must clearly indicate aid needed in the cover letter and also submit a letter of support from a senior faculty member, mentor, or adviser.

Fee: There are no tuition fees for accepted participants.

Application: Admission to this workshop is competitive. Enrollment is limited to 25 participants. Get more information about the workshop and apply using the ICPSR Summer Program portal.

2013-05-23

ICPSR continues to support public access to federally supported research and development data

ICPSR is actively participating in discussions about the February 2013 White House Office of Science and Technology Policy (OSTP) memorandum, which "directs each Federal agency with over $100 million in annual conduct of research and development expenditures to develop a plan to support increased public access to the results of research funded by the Federal Government."

On May 16-17, the National Research Council (NRC) Division on Behavioral and Social Sciences and Education (DBASSE) held a public comment meeting at the National Academy of Sciences concerning public access to federally supported research and development data. ICPSR submitted a written statement in advance, strongly supporting increased public access to scientific data and encouraging federal agencies developing public access plans to make research data discoverable, meaningful & usable, persistent, trustworthy, confidential (where applicable), and citable.

Jared Lyle, Director of Curation Services at ICPSR, attended the meeting and gave verbal comments. Video and presentations from the meeting are available online.

ICPSR Summer Internship Class of 2013

We are pleased to announce the 9th year of the ICPSR Summer Internship Program for undergraduates (REU Site: The Quantitative Social Science Research at the University of Michigan). The application process for the summer internship was very competitive. This year we received over 200 applications and will be supporting seven interns in the following topical archives: Education and Child Care Archives, National Addiction & HIV Data Archive Program (NAHDAP), Resource Center for Minority Data (RCMD), National Archive of Criminal Justice Data (NACJD), and the General Archive.

The Interns will spend ten weeks at ICPSR in Ann Arbor from June 3rd to August 9th during which they will:

  • Gain experience with processing data and learn statistical software packages (SAS, SPSS, Stata and R)
  • Complete a research project resulting in conference-ready posters
  • Attend graduate level courses in the ICPSR Summer Program
  • Participate in the Lunch and Lecture series

The objective of the Summer Internship Program is to support ICPSR’s strategic focus on undergraduates by promoting the effective use of social science research data. We will encourage the interns to pursue graduate studies or a career in the social or behavioral sciences. With luck, they will be future data depositors, summer program instructors, Official Representatives, or even members of the Council. We currently have forty-one alumni of the Internship Program and many are currently attending and/or have successfully completed graduate school or have begun a career in the social sciences.

The Internship Program will be managed by Abayomi Israel (Intern Alumni class of ‘05), with John Garcia of the RCMD and Lynette Hoelter of Instructional Resources (IR) serving as Co-Principal Investigators, and providing guidance and support as Research Program Mentors. Each intern will be assigned an experienced data processor as his/her Processing Mentor. In addition, the interns will have the opportunity to receive additional graduate school advice and support on their research projects from the ICPSR Faculty.

We are very pleased to announce that the following students have been selected for the 2013 Summer Internship Program:

Melinda Ashe
Case Western Reserve University, OH
Archive: NAHDAP
Processing Mentor: Robert Choate

Melinda is a double major in Psychology and Economics graduating in 2014. She currently holds a perfect 4.0 GPA and is the recipient of the 2012 Phi Beta Kappa Prize and the James Dysart Magee Award. She has demonstrated strong quantitative skills in her studies and has knowledge of various statistical packages (Stata, SPSS, R, and MiniTab). After graduation, she would like to attend graduate school in behavioral Economics where she can further her studies in cooperation and group dynamics. Melinda is also quite active at her home institution where she serves on the executive board of Alpha Phi Omega Service Fraternity, and is a member of Psi Chi Fraternity. In her sophomore year, Melinda worked as a research assistant on the project titled “Pain and Psychological Distress in Middle-Aged and Older Married Couples, MSASS, CWRU”. And in her junior year, she further developed her passion for research and secured a research assistant position at Project RESTORE (Bureau of Justice Assistance, U.S. Dept. of Justice) at the Mandel School of Applied Social Sciences (MSASS) - a randomized trial of a novel re-entry program at the Cuyahoga County Jail that targets young people with co-occurring mental illness and substance use disorders. Additionally, in 2012, Melinda served as a legal intern at The Rutherford Institute (TRI) and is currently a teaching assistant in the department of Economics.

Lorraine Blatt
Grinnell College, IA
Archive: Education and Child Care Archives
Processing Mentor: Rujuta Umarji

Lorraine is a double major in Psychology and Theatre graduating in 2014. She is familiar with the many intricacies of an Institutional Review Board (IRB) proposal, has conducted a field experiment with multiple subjects, and has analyzed data using SPSS and Minitab. In 2012 while studying abroad in London, UK, Lorraine worked with a non-profit arts organization that caters to the homeless populations, called Cardboard Citizens. She was responsible for the pilot implementation of a customized version of the Short Warwick-Edinburgh Mental Well-Being Scale (SWEMWBS) that Cardboard Citizens is now putting into practice. It is evident that Lorraine’s passion for psychology goes beyond the classroom and more specifically she would like to build on her work dealing with early education. In 2012, she interned at the Early Head Start, Venice Family Clinic in Los Angeles CA where she managed, analyzed, and audited databases (including information on health services and medical records) and in 2013, she worked as a mentor at the Grinnell College Psychology Department. Combining her love of children and her second major, Lorraine has served as a teaching artist at the Hartford Children’s Theatre, a board member of Northeast Educational Theatre Association, and has held multiple stage manager positions. She is also a member of the Grinnell based a capella group, Noteworthy, and has performed several productions (both large and small scale) including the Fresher’s Musical Review at Imperial College, London, UK.

Denzel Caldwell
Morehouse College, GA
Archive: Members Archive
Processing Mentor: Rachel Fletcher

Denzel is a junior Economics major with a minor in African American Studies graduating in 2014. According to Denzel, he is driven by a “thirst for conducting academic research, engaging the issues in the community, and impacting the world”. Specifically, he sees the resources at ICPSR as a way to utilize diverse data to help answer many of society's problems as it relates to both the domestic and international economy. After graduation, Denzel would like to pursue a research career focusing on Economic justice. Denzel is the recipient of the National Society of Collegiate Scholars scholarship for first year students and, in 2012, was inducted into the John Henrik Clarke Honors Society for African-American Studies. He also serves as the President of the African-American Studies Club, the Vice President of the William Tucker Society for African-American Majors & Minors, and is the founder of the AUCapoeira multicultural organization. Denzel is versed in the Stata statistical program and has done preliminary analysis of the ICPSR Study: African-American Perspectives on the future of Civil Rights in 1991. In the spring of 2012, Denzel was member of the winning team of the Morehouse College Spring Symposium where the team developed a business strategy to increase school recruitment. Additionally, he worked with the Andrew Mellon Program as a library intern where he developed an internet resource on the AUC Woodruff Library website for the martial arts. Later that summer, Denzel interned at the INova Payroll Company in Nashville TN where he gained experience with marketing research.

Elise Giammanco
Beloit College, WI
Archive: NACJD
Processing Mentor: Lindsay Marciniec

Elise is a senior Psychology and Russian Language double major with a minor in Russian Studies graduating December 2013. In addition to her work at Beloit, she has participated in a study abroad program at Russian State University of the Humanities in Moscow. She has experience with SPSS and R and serves as a Resident Assistant on campus. After graduation, she hopes to continue her education by pursuing a PhD in Social Psychology. Elise is a Presidential Scholarship recipient, a Benjamin A. Gilman International Scholarship recipient, and a Ronald E. McNair Scholar. She is also particularly active on campus. Elise is a member of the Theta Pi Gamma Sorority, the Student Congress Representative of the Russian club, and the treasurer of the Beloit bowling club. In 2012, she volunteered as a mentor at Morgan Elementary School and interned at the Domestic Violence Shelter for Women. Additionally, in 2011, she interned at the Youth Services of Wisconsin, where she taught job skills classes for at-risk youth. Elise’s research interests include cross cultural psychology, individualism and collectivism, stereotypes of women, corruption in groups, and effects of psychological trauma in prisoners through literature. In 2012, Elise served as a research assistant at the Implicit Social Cognition Lab at the University of Virginia and has presented her work titled “The Psychological Effects of Trauma in Russian Prison Camp Literature: An Examination of One Day in the Life of Ivan Denisovich and Kolyma Tales” at the University of Maryland Undergraduate Research Conference and the University of Puerto Rico McNair Scholars Research Conference. Later that year, she attended the International Symposium Presentation where she presented her work titled "The Memorialization of the GULag in Moscow, Russia".

John Leverso
University of Illinois at Chicago, IL
Archive: NACJD
Processing Mentor: Justin Gaertner

John is a junior Sociology and Psychology double major at UIC graduating in 2014 and holds an Associate Degree in Science from Lincoln Trail Community College. He currently holds a perfect 4.0 GPA and is a member of the Golden Key International Honor Society and the Dean’s list. After graduation he intends to pursue a career in research and teaching at a major research institution. To accomplish this, he would like to continue his studies and eventually receive a PhD in Criminal Justice, Sociology or Social Work with a particular focus on juvenile delinquency. In 2012, John worked as a research assistant at the Jane Addams College of Social Work; UIC Chancellor’s Undergraduate Research Award Program and also completed an independent study project at the UIC department of Sociology - where he studied factors that influence juvenile recidivism. As a result, he is listed as an author in the forthcoming book chapter to be published by Oxford University Press in the second edition of “Juvenile Justice Sourcebook: Past, Present, and Future”. John is also versed in SPSS, Stata, and SAS and continues to be active both on and off campus. He has served as an assistant peer educator, and in 2011, organized and participated in a charity 5K run to benefit the Domestic Violence Prevention Fund. Additionally, for the past few years, John has volunteered as a tutor and motivational speaker at the local prison speaking to inmates about anger management, the benefits of education, routes to healthy living, and the importance of maintaining a positive outlook on life.

Sruthi Naraharisetti
Michigan State University, MI
Archive: RCMD
Processing Mentor: Abayomi Israel

Sruthi is a junior with a double major in Interdisciplinary Studies in Health (Economics) and Social Relations & Policy graduating in 2014. In 2011, she participated in a study abroad program in South Africa focusing on race relations. She is trilingual (English, Spanish, and Telugu) and is also experienced with Stata. After graduation, Sruthi would like to pursue a PhD that encompasses the intersection of Economics, health, and race/ethnicity. Since 2011, she has volunteered at the Village Summit in Lansing, MI providing services for vulnerable youth in the area and, in 2012, served as a student organizer for the Global Youth for Education and Change (GYEC) in South Africa. In this role she inspired young people to cultivate relationships that advance the practice of responsible and strategic global service, with a specific focus on HIV/AIDS. Additionally, Sruthi serves as the student leader at the Multi-Racial Unity Living Experience (MRULE) Program at MSU, where she managed analysis of qualitative research; and has mentored at the MAGIC (Maximizing Academic Growth in College) Program on campus. Sruthi has a passion for social justice and her recent research looked closely at the historical treatment of African American men in the prisons compared to the contemporary treatment of prisoners and the corresponding medical services.

Ryan Thompson
University of Akron, OH
Archive: Members Archive
Processing Mentor: Curtis Dobbs

Ryan is a junior Political Science major with a minor in Economics graduating in 2014. He will also graduate with a certificate in Applied Politics and is both a Presidential Scholarship recipient and the Ray C. Bliss Institute of Applied Politics Scholarship recipient. He is fluent in both English and French and is experienced in SPSS and R statistical systems. After graduation he would like to pursue a PhD in Political Psychology with the hopes of one day becoming a future social science researcher and professor. Earlier this year, Ryan participated in the University of Akron Student Innovation Symposium (UASIS), and in 2012, attended the Association of College Unions International (ACUI) Region 7 Conference at the University of Michigan – Dearborn. Additionally, he serves as the Student Trustee on the University of Akron Board of Trustees and in 2012 was selected to represent his university at the Complete College Ohio Conference at Columbus State Community College. Outside of classroom, Ryan currently serves as a Member Service Representative at Truliant Federal Credit Union and volunteers on and off campus. Most notably, as part of the Serve Akron project, Ryan participated in an alternative spring break experience where he help communities with house building, maintenance projects for animals, and worked with sick and disabled children. In 2011, Ryan studied the relationship between Monday Night Football contest outcomes and voter turnout in the counties with NFL teams who competed the night before a presidential election. His most recent work seeks to look at relationship between the voting and voter information while taking into consideration party identification.

2013-05-20

NAHDAP Attending the 2013 Society of Prevention Research Conference

NAHDAp will exhibit at the 21st annual meeting and exposition of the Socity of Prevention Research (SPR) at the Hyatt Regency in San Francisco, CA on May 29 - 31, 2013. The SPR conference provides an integrated forum for the exchange of new concepts, methods, and results from prevention research and related public health fields between scientists, public policy leaders and practitioners concerning the implementation of evidence-based preventive interventions in all areas of public health. More than 800 researchers, policy-makers and practitioners will be on-hand.

Please stop by the NAHDAP exhibit booth for a demonstration of our web site and to learn more about the data archived by NAHDAP. If you are a researcher who has or is currently collecting data in the areas of HIV and substance addiction we would love to discuss the opportunity of archiving your data.

The exhibit hall will be open from 8:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. on Wednesday and Thursday, and from 8:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. on Friday.

Research paper competition winners announced

ICPSR is pleased to announce the winners of our 2013 Research Paper Competitions.

Alexander Janke (B.S., Economics) of the University of Michigan earned first-place in the Undergraduate Competition with his paper "An Empirical Look at Malpractice Reform and the Intensive Margin of Physician Supply." The paper used Community Tracking Study Physician Survey to estimate the effect of noneconomic damage caps on physicians' willingness to accept Medicaid, Medicare and private insurance patients and on hours worked. While an undergraduate, Janke was named a James B. Angell Scholar and awarded University Honors. He will enter the School of Medicine at Wayne State University in the fall.

Natasha Yurk (M.A., Sociology) of Indiana University - Bloomington won the Master's Competition with her paper "The Strategic Parent: How School Performance Affects Parental Investment." The paper uses the Early Childhood Longitudinal Study-Kindergarten Cohort (ECLS-K) to analyze whether reading test results and teacher assessments of language and literacy skills predict a range of parental investment in the later grades. Yurk won first place in the North Central Sociological Association (NCSA) 2013 Student Paper Competition, Graduate Division for this paper. She was awarded a Graduate Research Fellowship from the National Science Foundation for her Ph.D. work in Sociology which commences in the fall.

The first-place award in the Resource Center for Minority Data (RCMD) Paper Competition was won by Sarah K. Allsberry (M.S.W.) of Washington University in St. Louis for her paper "The Unbanked in the U.S.: Similarities and Differences between Previously Banked and Never Banked Households." The paper used data from the 2009 Current Population Survey, Unbanked/Underbanked Supplement to explore differences and similarities in the history of bank account ownership among several groups, including Hispanics as compared to non-Hispanic households, single parent households, households in the South, and households that patronize Alternative Financial Services such as payday loans.

The second-place winner of the ICPSR Undergraduate contest was awarded to Ryanne Kikue Fujita-Conrads (B.A., Sociology) of Reed College for her paper, "Accepting the Foreign: Perceived Threat, Foreigner Exclusionism, and Social Distance from Immigrants in the United States and Spain." The paper used data from the 2009 Transatlantic Trends: Immigration Survey and tests Allport's contact hypothesis and Blumer's group position theory in regard to respondents' perceptions of economic and cultural threat and the effects of perceived economic and cultural threat on respondents' social distance from immigrants and immigration policy preferences.

The ICPSR Master’s Student second-place winner is Christine Y. Zhang (M.A., Quantitative Methods in the Social Sciences) of Columbia University for her paper, "An Exceptional Dream: Aspiration as a Determinant of Self-Reported Happiness in the US." The paper uses data from the 2010 United States General Social Survey to examine the linkage between respondents' perception of upward mobility and belief in hard work as a path to success and self-reported happiness level.

Second-place in the Resource Center for Minority Data (RCMD) Paper Competition went to Lauren Marks (B.S., Sociology) of Santa Clara University for her paper "Perceived Sources of Racial Inequalities and Class Standing: Impact on Justice Values of American Whites." The paper used data from two decades (1990-2010) of the General Social Survey to investigate the manner in which race and class inequalities were viewed depending on the perceived sources of the inequality. Lauren is a member of Phi Beta Kappa, graduated magna cum laude. Additionally, she earned the Witold Krassowski Sociology Award, Honorable Mention for this paper.

The first-place winners received $1,000; the second-place prize is $750. All the papers used data from the ICPSR or RCMD archive.

We are pleased to announce the 2014 ICPSR Research Paper Competitions for Undergraduates and Master’s Students and invites submissions from students and recent graduates at member institutions. The purpose of the competitions is to highlight exemplary research papers based on quantitative analysis. The awards are $1,000 for first place and $750 for second place in each category and publication on the ICPSR Research Paper Competition Winners Web site and in a special edition of the ICPSR Bulletin for the first place winners. See the competitions Web site for details. Deadline for submissions is January 31, 2014.

New Releases through 2013-05-19

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.

2013-05-17

University of Washington-Beyond High School (UW-BHS) Updated Data Now Available

DSDR is pleased to announce that updated data for the University of Washington-Beyond High School (UW-BHS) (ICPSR 33321) study is now available. Specifically, the study was updated to include data from the ten-year follow-up survey of the 2000 cohort, which was conducted in 2010. Overall, 578 variables were added to the collection. Additionally, 73 variables were removed by the principal investigators. For more information on which variables were removed or added, please consult the processing notes in the study codebook.

Users should be aware that the data are restricted from general dissemination. Those interested in obtaining the data should contact Tannaz Sabet, the DSDR Archive Manager, at: tannazs@umich.edu.

2013-05-13

New Releases through 2013-05-12


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.

2013-05-09

Athletic Involvement Study Released

Last week NAHDAP released a new study in its archive. The Athletic Involvement Study by Dr. Kathleen Miller was conducted in 2006 with 795 university students from a college in the Northeast United States. One purpose of the study was to investigate the experiences and attitudes of students involved in high school and college athletics. Approximately 75% of the students reported some degree of participation in sports. Another purpose was to see how a student's participation in sports affected certain health risk behaviors such as substance abuse, sexual interaction, and dangerous activities. 

This study is public and accessible to all. It is also available for online analysis through ICPSR's SDA system. 

2013-05-07

2011 Drug Abuse Warning Network (DAWN) Public-use Files Released

The 2011 DAWN emergency department (ED) public-use data and documentation files are now available for download and online analysis.

DAWN is a public health surveillance system that continuously monitors hospital drug-related ED visits. All types of drugs (licit and illicit) are covered, including all alcohol involvement for patients under 21, and alcohol involvement in combination with other substances for those 21 and older. DAWN estimates are based on a national sample of general, non-Federal hospitals, with oversampling of hospitals in selected metropolitan areas. Variables in DAWN provide details on the ED visit, including type of case, case disposition, drug involvement, route of administration, and the number of unique drugs reported.

A DAWN summary report (Highlights of the 2011 Drug Abuse Warning Network (DAWN) Findings on Drug-Related Emergency Department Visits) is available from the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA). The 2004 through 2010 DAWN ED public-use data and documentation files are also available on the SAMHDA Web site for download and online analysis.

2013-05-03

NAHDAP announces Summer Program Workshop on Integrated Data Analysis

The National Addiction & HIV Data Archive Program (NAHDAP) is holding a workshop on July 1-3, 2013 entitled, Integrated Data Analysis for Addiction Research.

Integrated data analysis (IDA) allows for the pooling of separate data sets to create larger, more heterogeneous data sets that can be used to test hypotheses, despite differences across studies in populations, study design, and measurement. Unlike data harmonization which requires identical measures across datasets, IDA allows for the development of measures that are psychometrically equivalent across data sets. This training workshop will use lectures and hands-on training to introduce researchers to the IDA method and to statistical methods for the development of psychometrically equivalent measure of nicotine dependence across studies and levels of smoking exposure.

Prerequisites: Participants are expected to have a basic understanding of secondary data, fundamental data analysis skills, basic knowledge of SAS and Mplus, and a substantive interest in substance use and dependence. Basic knowledge of factor analysis/structural equation modeling would be helpful.

Stipend: A limited number of needs-based stipends are available to help with travel and housing costs. To be considered for a stipend, applicants must clearly indicate aid needed in the cover letter and also submit a letter of support from a senior faculty member, mentor, or adviser.

Deadline: Deadline for application is June 1, 2013.

Fee: There are no tuition fees for accepted participants.

Application: Admission to this workshop is competitive. Enrollment is limited to 25 participants. Get more information about the workshop and apply using the ICPSR Summer Program portal.

Proxy Servers and the ICPSR Web Site

ICPSR has completed its initial testing of how well EZProxy works with out systems, and we have found that when properly configured, EZProxy works with the ICPSR Web site, save that it prevents users from logging in via Facebook or Google. (They are forced to use our MyData login instead.)

Our intention is to deploy a script that warns users if they are accessing the site via a proxy server, and gives them the option of accessing the page outside of a proxy server, or suppressing the warning and continuing in the proxy environment. By doing this, we give the user the option of using their Google/Facebook.

We would appreciate feedback from our ORs. Do you have any concerns about allowing users to opt out of proxy server access? Do you use different proxy software? Is there information ICPSR could provide that would assist you in properly configuring your proxy software?

As always, your assistance is appreciated. Please send comments to web-support@icpsr.umich.edu.

2013-05-02

Pathways Offical Arrest Records Data Released

NAHDAP is pleased to announce the release of the next study in the Pathways to Desistance series. The new "Official Arrest Records" data file contains information from the actual arrest records obtained from court and FBI records. All 1,354 youth from the study are represented in the file. The file contains room up to 15 records of prior petitions before the youth began participating in the Pathways study. The average number of prior petitions was three for each youth. The file contains up to 24 instances of the youth being re-arrested. On average each youth had four arrests during the seven years the study was in operation. Regardless if the record was a prior petition or a re-arrest the same series of 11 variables comprised the record instance. Additional summary variables follow each section of prior petitions and re-arrests. Due to the sensitive nature of these records this study has been restricted. However, a codebook has been provided for public access so users can gain an understanding of the data file prior to applying for access to the data itself. Please visit the study home page to read more about this study and to apply for access.

2013 Biennial ICPSR Meeting

October 9-11, 2013
Ann Arbor

ICPSR is excited to announce that the registration site for the 2013 Biennial Meeting is now open! This year's conference theme is "Beyond Access: Curating Data for Discovery, Re-Use, and Impact." ICPSR is pleased to be participating in efforts to broaden access to research data while at the same time curating data to ensure that they can be found and used effectively for generations to come. Curating data benefits the entire research community and maximizes research investment.

Though ICPSR has been in the data sharing space for over 50 years, we continue to refine our approaches to data management and training. With over 15 workshops and sessions, this biennial meeting will highlight ICPSR's recent developments in the areas of open access, restricted data management, training and education, digital curation, and importantly, new data tools. In addition, this meeting serves as an opportunity for researchers, teaching faculty, librarians, policymakers, and data professionals to gather and share ideas that will aid us as a data community to facilitate research and make impact.

Participation in this ICPSR meeting is limited to individuals from ICPSR Member Institutions and invited presenters and guests. There are no registration fees for this meeting.

ICPSR's program and workshops will focus on training attendees to use ICPSR's data tools including the Social Science Variables Database, online analysis (SDA), secure data analysis systems, data-driven teaching resources, and ICPSR's various data collections. It will also provide training in data curation and introductory statistical software use. Workshops begin on Wednesday, October 9, and the meeting concludes at 1:30 on Friday, October 11.

In addition, the Data Seal of Approval (DSA) is proud to announce that its second international conference will be held on Tuesday, October 8, 2013, in Ann Arbor, MI, the day before the ICPSR Biennial Meeting begins.

The link for the 2013 meeting is: 2013 Biennial ICPSR Meeting

We look forward to seeing you in October!