ICPSR Announces the 2013 Warren E. Miller Award and William H. Flanigan Award Winners

ICPSR is proud to announce that Janet M. Box-Steffensmeier and Kathleen Mullan Harris have been named the 2013 Miller Award winners, and Daniel (Dan) C. Tsang and Wendy Watkins have been named the 2013 Flanigan Award Winners.

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. The William H. Flanigan Award for Distinguished Service as an ICPSR Official Representative was established in 1995 and is intended to acknowledge the contributions of individuals representing ICPSR member institutions.

Awards will be presented to each of the honorees at the 2013 ICPSR Meeting on Thursday, October 10. Read more on the awards and former award winners


ICPSR Awards Four Challenge Grants

As part of a Sloan-funded project on "Building Community Engagement in Data Citation and Open Access to Data," ICPSR recently awarded four one-year challenge grants to support researchers conducting innovative research on topics related to the management and stewardship of research data:

  • Richard Ball and Norm Medeiros, "Replication of Empirical Research: A Soup-to-Nuts Protocol for Documenting Data Management and Analysis," Haverford College
  • Thomas Carsey, "Implementing a Data Citation Workflow within the State Politics and Policy Journal," University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
  • Lisa Neidert, "OPEN Data Through a Restricted Data Portal," The University of Michigan
  • Jian Qin and Kevin Crowston, "Development and Dissemination of a Capability Maturity Model for Research Data Management Training and Performance Assessment," Syracuse University

More information about the Sloan project is available on the ICPSR Web site.


National Digital Stewardship Alliance Releases Inaugural National Agenda for Digital Stewardship

The National Digital Stewardship Alliance, a voluntary membership organization of leading government, academic, and private sector organizations with digital stewardship responsibilities, has announced the inaugural release of the National Agenda for Digital Stewardship.

Digital stewardship is the series of managed activities, policies, strategies and actions that ensure that digital content of vital importance to the nation is acquired, managed, organized, preserved and accessible for as long as necessary.

The National Agenda will annually highlight emerging technological trends, identify gaps in digital stewardship capacity and provide funders and decision-makers with insight into the work needed to ensure that today's valuable digital content remains accessible and comprehensible in the future, supporting a thriving economy, a robust democracy, and a rich cultural heritage.

The National Agenda integrates the perspective of dozens of experts and hundreds of institutions, convened through the Library of Congress. It outlines the challenges and opportunities related to digital preservation activities in four broad areas: Organizational Roles, Policies, and Practices; Digital Content Areas; Infrastructure Development; and Research Priorities.

The National Agenda identifies a number of areas targeted for key investment, including:
  • Digital Stewardship Training and Staffing
  • Applied Research on Information Valuation, Curation Cost and effective auditing
  • Experiments in Interoperability and Portability of Storage Architectures
  • Integration of Digital Forensics Tools into Stewardship Workflows
  • Development of the evidence base through surveys, experiments and testbeds
Over the coming year the NDSA will work to promote the Agenda and explore educational and collaborative opportunities with all interested parties.

Founded in 2010, the National Digital Stewardship Alliance (NDSA) is a consortium of over 145 member institutions committed to the long-term preservation and stewardship of digital information. NDSA member institutions come from all sectors, and include universities, consortia, professional societies, commercial business, professional associations, and government agencies at the federal, state, and local level.


New Data Released: Design, Validation, and Dissemination of Measures of Content Knowledge for Teaching Mathematics

The Education Research Data Sharing Initiative, an AERA-ICPSR Partnership, has released a new study, Design, Validation, and Dissemination of Measures of Content Knowledge for Teaching Mathematics.

This study spans several years of data collection by the Learning Mathematics for Teaching (LMT) project. This project's main purpose was to develop a suite of instruments measuring K-8 teachers' Mathematical Knowledge for Teaching (MKT). These instruments are typically used to evaluate content-focused mathematics professional development.  Over the years, this project piloted these measures in several contexts to establish psychometric properties of the instruments:
  • With a nationally representative sample of middle school mathematics teachers in 2005 and again in 2006. The same sample was surveyed at both time points.
  • With a nationally representative sample of elementary school teachers in 2008.
  • With smaller samples of grade 4-8 teachers on specific mathematical topics (e.g., a form on rational number, a form on proportional reasoning).
The specific research questions varied with the sample. For the later pilots, interest was in the psychometric properties of the measures and teacher scores' relationship to other teacher characteristics, such as their mathematical background and years of experience.

Visit the study homepage for more information:

Design, Validation, and Dissemination of Measures of Content Knowledge for Teaching Mathematics


China Multigenerational Panel Data-Shuangcheng (CMGPD-SC) data draft release now available for download

We now have a draft release of the demographic, household, and attainment data from the China Multigenerational Dataset-Shuangcheng (CMGPD-SC) ready for interested users who would like to begin exploring it.

Additional information is available on Cameron Campbell's Blog.

12 Weeks until the 2013 ICPSR Meeting!

Dear Official and Designated Representatives and friends of ICPSR,

In 12 short weeks, the ICPSR Biennial Meeting begins! We are excited to see registrations building and hope to see still more of you registering to attend the meeting here in Ann Arbor in October!

The year's meeting theme is: "Beyond Access: Curating Data for Discovery, Re-Use, and Impact." The workshops and program are the most diverse in terms of content we have offered covering issues including:

  • Thorough introductions to ICPSR data, data tools and services, and training opportunities
  • Workshop and sessions on delivering data services
  • Training on incorporating data into the classroom and student research opportunities
  • The state of evolving data access issues and repository management internal to ICPSR as well as changing requirements from government agencies

This meeting is designed to encourage professional networking among attendees within and outside of the workshop and program sessions. ICPSR's goal is to make this meeting one of the best opportunities for professional development that you experience in 2013!

The meeting begins on October 9, 2013. Be sure to reserve your hotel room early as on-campus hotels fill quickly.

Registration information

See you in October!

-ICPSR Staff


ICPSR Posts Guidelines for OSTP Data Access Plans

ICPSR has posted a new "Guidelines for OSTP Data Access Plan" page to support federal funding agencies affected by the February 2013 White House Office of Science and Technology Policy (OSTP) memo. The page provides an overview of each requirement laid out in the memo, and discusses why they matter and the key issues to consider when formulating plans.
ICPSR stresses that standards and guidelines currently exist for many of the requirements outlined in the OSTP memo. We also stress that existing specialized, long-lived, and sustainable repositories can mediate between the needs of scientific disciplines and data preservation requirements.

ICPSR Updates its Data Management & Curation Site

ICPSR has updated the Data Management section of its web site to better highlight the curation process ICPSR uses to add value to data, maximize access, and ensure long-term preservation.


Changes to login screen to work better with proxy servers

In order to better serve users at institutions that make use of proxy servers, ICPSR has changed the login page in the following ways:

  • Google/Facebook options are hidden when a user accesses our site via a proxy server, as those options do not work in a proxy environment.

  • When a user access the ICPSR site via a proxy server, s/he is prompted to choose between breaking out of the proxy environment (to use Google/Facebook authentication) or to continue within the proxy environment (and login via MyData).

  • The MyData login is now more prominent on the page, so that users who wish to remain in the proxy environment don't have an additional click to log in.

  • We've written a brief FAQ for users who are new to proxy servers.

These changes will appear on the ICPSR Web site on July 23, 2013. If you have any questions, please contact web-support@icpsr.umich.edu.