DOI Transition Completed

The DOI transition is finally complete. All DOIs registered since Nov. 24 are now working. We will resume the usual weekly announcements of new releases and updates on Monday, February 3rd. The transition proved to be more complex than we originally anticipated; our apologies if this created any hardships. --


Deadline Approaching for ICPSR Research Paper Competitions!

The deadline for submissions for the 2014 Research Paper Competitions is Friday, January 31, 2014. Click here to view entry details for each competition.

  • ICPSR Research Paper Competition -- For papers on any topic using data from the ICPSR General Archive or Thematic Collections. Awards: $1,000 for first place, $750 for second place. There are separate undergraduate and master's prizes for this competition.

  • RCMD Research Paper Competition -- For papers on issues relating to minorities in the United States, including immigrants, using data from the Resource Center for Minority Data. Awards: $1,000 for first-place award, and $750 for second-place award. Entrants must be current undergraduate students or recent graduates of bachelor's degree programs.

  • IFSS Research Paper Competition -- For papers on any topic using data from the Integrated Fertility Survey Series. Awards: $1,000 for a single first-place award, $750 for a single second-place award. There are not separate awards for undergraduates and master's students.

  • NAHDAP Research Paper Competition -- This is a new category added for 2014, for papers on issues relating to drug addiction or HIV using data from the National Addiction and HIV Data Archive Program. Awards: $1,000 for a single first-place award, $750 for a single second-place award. There are not separate awards for undergraduates, master's students, or PhD students.


Call for Papers Issued for 2014 Add Health Users Conference

Call for Papers: 2014 Add Health Users Conference
Thursday-Friday, June 26-27, 2014
National Institutes of Health Campus, Bethesda, Maryland
Sponsored by Add Health at the Carolina Population Center, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and The Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Institute of Child Health & Human Development

Abstract submission deadline: Feb 28, 2014
Authors notified by April 1, 2014
Do you use data from Add Health (National Longitudinal Study of Adolescent Health)? Do you want to present your work, find out about other Add Health research projects, and talk with other Add Health users?

Submit an abstract for the 11th Add Health Users Conference!
Any papers using Add Health data are welcome. Papers on both substantive and methodological topics are invited. We especially encourage papers that use a multilevel longitudinal design linking adolescence and adulthood, including:
  • The use of biomarker data with longitudinal social, behavioral, and environmental data
  • Research on genetic and environmental influences on health and behavior
  • The effects of adolescent environments on health, family, educational, and work trajectories into adulthood
How to Apply
  • For substantive presentations: Describe outcomes; hypotheses; Add Health data used; and research plan, including key variables and analytic approach. Describe expected results.
  • For methodological presentations: Describe benefits of new methodology within the context of Add Health, aims, and analytic approach. Describe expected results.
  • Summary: Abstracts are limited to 250 words. If your paper is accepted, the abstract will be distributed at the conference.
  • Indicate your preferences for didactic and/or breakout sessions on methodological issues in Add Health.
  • Indicate whether you are requesting a travel stipend (see below, under Travel and Expenses).
Travel and Expenses
  • Participants are responsible for their own travel and expenses.
  • A limited number of travel stipends will be available. Stipends will be awarded on the basis of scientific merit. Preferences will be given to special emphasis areas and underrepresented topics.
  • Eligibility for travel stipends (all 3 eligibility criteria must be met):
    • No other sources of funding to attend the conference.
    • Currently enrolled in undergraduate, pre-doctoral or post-doctoral training OR completed doctoral training within the last five years at time of submission.
    • Interest in travel stipend is indicated on the abstract form.
More information about the 2014 conference will be posted on the conference page. Please check back soon!

Questions? Please email Ley Killeya-Jones, Project Manager, Add Health, (lakj@unc.edu)

We look forward to hearing from you and learning about your research based on the Add Health study.

Kathleen Mullan Harris, PhD
Director, Add Health, Carolina Population Center, UNC-Chapel Hill

Rebecca L. Clark, PhD
Chief, Demographic and Behavioral Sciences Branch, Center for Population Research, NICHD


U-M African Social Research Initiative Seeks Applications for 2014 Quantitative Methods Training

Call for Applications: African Social Research Initiative (ASRI) Summer Scholars Program, University of Michigan
June-August 2014

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The African Social Research Initiative (ASRI) at the University of Michigan seeks applications for up to four visiting scholars to attend courses in social science research methods and analysis at the University of Michigan during the months of June-August 2014. The program is open to academic researchers who are enrolled in or have completed PhD programs in the social sciences and who are from, or reside in, one or more of the following countries: Ghana, Kenya, Liberia, South Africa, and Uganda.

During their time in Ann Arbor, visiting scholars will attend courses offered by two internationally renowned summer training programs at the University of Michigan's Institute for Social Research (ISR). Applicants who are invited to attend the summer programs may select several options from amongst the four- or eight-week sessions offered.
Applications are due on or before February 14, 2014.

Applications should include:
  • The applicant's CV
  • A description of the applicant's research interests, not to exceed two pages in length
  • A brief description of the applicant's research and analytical training and experience, a list of specific summer institute courses that the applicant would be interested in and would benefit from attending (see the ICPSR course list and the SRC course list), and verification that the applicant meets the prerequisites for the listed courses
  • A one-page description as to how the opportunity is expected to further the applicant's research and career
ASRI may later ask finalists for a list of references, but applicants do not have to provide a list of references with their original application.

Please email materials and any questions to: ASRI-SummerScholars@umich.edu

Applications will be reviewed by a selection committee and the applicants notified as to the outcome by March 1, 2014.

Applications from all social research disciplines are welcomed, although priority will be given to scholars in the ASRI substantive focal areas of labor and economics; governance and politics; public health; gender, ethnic and racial inequality; and survey research methodology.

Participants who have either existing or prospective plans for collaboration with ASRI researchers based in the University of Michigan or internationally (see list) will also be given priority.

Persons selected as ASRI Visiting Scholars for 2014 will receive administrative assistance in obtaining travel visas. They will also be provided a round-trip flight to Ann Arbor, housing, health insurance, travel visa expenses, and a contribution toward living expenses. Participants will receive a workstation and computer at the University in an appropriate department, access to University libraries, and receive assistance with enrolling in courses in summer training programs at the Institute for Social Research. They are expected to make a research presentation to a local academic audience and will be encouraged to participate in the intellectual life of the University of Michigan.

About the African Social Research Initiative
The University of Michigan's African Social Research Initiative (ASRI) is part of the African Studies Center and promotes and builds capacity in social science data collection and analysis conducted in Africa. Building on a decade of partnership in the social sciences between the University of Michigan and university and government research agencies in Africa, the initiative seeks to enrich ongoing collaborations and to foster new intellectual pursuits between University of Michigan faculty and researchers with substantive interests in Africa.

ASRI was established in response to the critical need in Africa for high-quality social data for policy and planning in economics, urbanization, gender, citizenship and governance, education, demographics, environmental change, and public health. ASRI encourages collaborative research projects that cross national, institutional, and disciplinary boundaries, and innovative partnerships with policy makers. A bi-annual revolving conference brings together scholars from Africa and U-M to foster collaborative efforts designed to push the field forward both domestically and abroad.

More can be learned about ASRI at the ASRI website.


Webinar: Resources for Health Research from ICPSR

Join us for a free Webinar on February 26, 2014
Space is limited.
Reserve your Webinar seat now. (https://www2.gotomeeting.com/register/939668298)

This webinar will provide information to Official Representatives, research scientists, faculty, and students about the wide variety of health-related data available from ICPSR. We will describe the kinds of data and other resources housed in our archive, how you can access them, and the tools available for statistical analyses.

Directors of the following specialized archives at ICPSR will discuss their mission, archival holdings, and research resources:
  • Data Sharing for Demographic Research (DSDR)
  • Health and Medical Care Archive (HMCA)
  • National Addiction & HIV Data Archive Program (NAHDAP)
  • National Archive of Computerized Data on Aging (NACDA)
  • Substance Abuse and Mental Health Data Archive (SAMHDA)
Learning Objectives:
  • Identify and describe data files available for secondary research
  • Discuss online analysis tools
  • Provide information on other health-related resources and tools available from these ICPSR archives
  • Highlight training opportunities
This webinar is free and open to the public. Please share this invitation.

Title: Resources for Health Research from ICPSR
Date: Wednesday, February 26, 2014
Time: 4:00 - 5:00 p.m. EST

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

System Requirements
PC-based attendees
Required: Windows 8, 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


China Data Center Event to Introduce Visiting Scholars

In a celebration of the 2014 Chinese New Year, this event introduces our visitors and presents recent research and services at China Data Center. The CDC is pleased to welcome visiting scholars from:
  • China University of Geosciences
  • East China Normal University
  • East China University of Science and Technology
  • Fudan University
  • Guangzhou Academy of Social Sciences
  • Jiangxi Normal University
  • Shanghai Academy of Social Sciences
  • Shanghai Normal University
  • Shanghai University of Finance and Economics
  • Sun Yat-sen University
  • Wuhan University
  • Xiamen University
  • Xianyang Normal University
The event is free and open to the public. Everyone is welcome to meet the CDC's visitors and learn about opportunities for collaboration with them and their home institutions in China.

Food and drinks will be provided.

Time: 11:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m., Monday, January  27, 2014
Location: China Data Center, G150A&B ISR Perry Building, 330 Packard Road
Registration: Visit this link to registration page (http://chinadatacenter.org/Learming/SeminarsContent.aspx?id=43). A reminder message will be sent to all registrants shortly before the event.
Information: Contact melp@umich.edu


Recruiting scholars for our upcoming Crime and Justice Summer Research Institute (SRI).

The deadline is fast approaching but there is still time to apply to be a scholar at the Crime and Justice Summer Research Institute (SRI) held at Ohio State University.

Application: http://cjrc.osu.edu/2014-sri-application-form

This 3-week institute is designed to facilitate the academic success of young (in career status) faculty conducting crime and justice research, especially those from underrepresented groups.  The attached documents (a general flier announcing the 2014 institute and a brochure describing the SRI and the application process) provide details about the program.  I would greatly appreciate your sharing this information with any young scholars who you think might be interested in participating in this program.  Please also encourage them to apply; participation is free of charge.  Please also note that the deadline for applications is February 14, 2014.

For more information please refer to the flyer linked below or go to the  Summer Research Institute site (http://cjrc.osu.edu/sri)

Flyer: http://cjrc.osu.edu/2014-sri-promotional-flyer


Project TIER to Host Workshop on Replication of Research

Project TIER (Teaching Integrity in Empirical Research) will host a two-day workshop on replicability of student research. It is aimed at instructors of statistical methods courses in any of the social sciences.

Attendees will learn how to assemble documentation for a variety of projects, starting with a very simple case and then addressing a variety of challenges that commonly arise. Broader conceptual and pedagogical issues related to documentation and replicability of empirical research will be discussed. Tools to assist in data management will be demonstrated. 

Date: March 7-8, 2014
Location: Haverford College (PA).

The call for participants and application form are available at this link (http://www.haverford.edu/TIER).  The application deadline is January 24. If space is still available following this date, we will consider applications until all slots have been filled.

If you have any questions about the workshop, please email TIER@haverford.edu.


2012-2013 ICPSR Annual Report Released

ICPSR's 2012-2013 annual report (PDF 2.6 MB) is now available. The report documents an innovative and productive year in which membership grew to 724, an increase of 19 over the prior year.

The report also describes progress with new or ongoing initiatives including:
  • ICPSR's Alfred P. Sloan Foundation-funded Building Community Engagement project
  • Our support for increased public access to data related to the president's Office of Science and Technology Policy 2013 memorandum on federally funded scientific research
  • Efforts toward updating of the ICPSR Strategic Plan
  • Substantial redesign of the ICPSR website to improve its organization and augment its features
Other highlights include record enrollment in the ICPSR Summer Program, along with an increased number of courses offered; strong results for students in the Summer Internship program; ICPSR's presentation of a large number of webinars; and significant growth in traffic on the ICPSR website.

Overall revenue topped $18.8 million, and membership dues income, which totaled $3.7 million, rose 6 percent from fiscal 2012. ICPSR had a fund balance of $5.6 million at the end of the fiscal year.

Visitors can find on our website all past annual reports (PDFs) dating back to ICPSR's founding in 1962.


Funding Available, Webinar Recording: AERA-MET Dissertation Fellowship

The American Educational Research Association (AERA) with funding support from the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation is pleased to announce a dissertation fellowship program to support graduate students in education research to conduct secondary data analysis using the Measures of Effective Teaching (MET) Longitudinal Database. The AERA-MET Dissertation Fellowship Program provides funding and professional development and training to dissertation stage graduate students who use the MET data to address research questions and examine issues that will contribute to knowledge about teaching and learning. The program supports high-quality science undertaken by the education research field through dissertation research on topics related to teaching and instruction, the effects of the classroom and school climate, student achievement, children and youth, and other educational issues. For further information, please view the webinar recording discussing the MET data and the fellowship program. 

The webinar: 
  • Provides a general overview of the structure and content of the Measures of Effective Teaching (MET) Longitudinal Database. 
  • Discusses the components of the AERA-MET Dissertation Fellowship Program. 
  • Includes a discussion on the quantitative assessment and qualitative video information in the database.
  • Highlights some of the key research questions and topics related to teaching and instruction, the effects of the classroom and school climate, student achievement, children and youth, and other educational issues that scholars are addressing with this robust database.

For more information about the AERA-MET Dissertation Fellowship Program, please visit www.aera.net/MET.


Webinar on Social Science Data Management and Curation Features ICPSR Presenters

Two members of the ICPSR senior staff will present a webinar on resources and tools for social science data management and curation for the Association of College and Research Libraries Numeric and Geospatial Data Services Interest Group.

Date: Monday, January 13, 2014
Time: 3:00-4:30 p.m. EST
Cost: Free

Description: The presenters will discuss resources and tools for social science data management and curation, including data management planning, preparing data for sharing and preservation, and supporting access. They will highlight examples from ICPSR.

Registration: To participate, please use this *registration link* (https://acrl.webex.com/acrl/onstage/g.php?t=a&d=666942444 [link expired]). Before you enter the meeting on January 13, you will need to register at the linked page by entering your name and email address, or you can pre-register for the meeting with the link now and login on the day of the meeting.


  • Jared Lyle, director of Curation Services, ICPSR. He directs the Curation Services Unit, which is responsible for metadata, Bibliography of Data-Related Literature, and digital preservation. His work includes developing and maintaining a comprehensive approach to data management and digital preservation policy at ICPSR.
  • Amy Pienta, director of Data Acquisitions, ICPSR. She is also a research affiliate of the University of Michigan Center on the Demography of Aging and the Population Studies Center at the University of Michigan. At ICPSR, she oversees new data acquisitions. Major responsibilities include identifying new data collections in the social sciences, negotiating with potential data depositors, strategic planning for new data acquisitions, and developing appraisal standards for data.


2013 MARC Updates Now Available

We've just posted the MARC updates for 2013:

The updates will appear on MARC Metadata Records page on the Membership in ICPSR site on 2014-01-21, but I wanted to give you all a head start before the semester gets too hectic. FAQs are also posted on that page. Please feel free to email web-support@icpsr.umich.edu if you have additional questions.