'Managing and Sharing Research Data' Guide Published by UK Data Archive and UK Data Service Experts

Researchers, postgraduate students and research institutions now have a comprehensive and up-to-date resource for planning their data. On 29 March 2014, the academic publisher SAGE released a new handbook authored by four experts from the UK Data Archive and UK Data Service that consolidates 20 years of expertise in the area.

Managing and Sharing Research Data: A Guide to Good Practice is a 240-page compendium of advice, examples, case studies, and exercises covering a wide range of topics:
  • How to plan your research using a data management checklist
  • How to format and organise data
  • How to store and transfer data
  • Research ethics and privacy in data sharing and intellectual property rights
  • Data strategies for collaborative research
  • How to publish and cite data
  • How to make use of other people's research data
This is information of critical interest now, as research funders in the UK, US, and across Europe are implementing data management and sharing policies to maximize the transparency, reuse and accountability of research data funded and produced.

The authors -- Louise Corti, Veerle Van den Eynden, Libby Bishop, and Matthew Woollard, all at the University of Essex -- have compiled and improved the guidance over decades of working directly UK researchers funded by the Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC). The handbook builds on guidance previously published by the UK Data Archive and UK Data Service. By having a publisher like SAGE acknowledge this vital and under-taught topic we hope that it will join the mainstream research methods literature that make up standard reading lists.

"The ESRC considers that effective data management is an essential precondition for generating high quality reusable data," says Paul Boyle, Chief Executive of the ESRC. "Researchers need to be armed with the knowledge and skills to ensure that the data they create and manage can be exploited to the maximum potential for further research. This book offers these skills in an approachable way."

"[The book's] great strength is the way it combines thought-provoking practical exercises, exemplars and checklists for action, and case studies with the rationale for action on each topic, addressing potential concerns and pitfalls," says Jude England, head of social sciences for The British Library.

"Whether beginner or experienced professor, every researcher will find helpful up-to-date advice in the pages of Managing and Sharing Research Data," adds Nigel Fielding, professor in social research methodology at the University of Surrey. "This book is a much-needed resource that will serve the field well."

More Information
The book is available in hardback and paperback and can be ordered online. Orders through SAGE are eligible for a £4.99 discount; enter the promotional code UK14SM12 at checkout.

Deadline approaching! MET Summer Data Workshop at ICPSR

Free Summer Data Workshop
The Measures of Effective Teaching Longitudinal Database:
A Review of the MET Project and Available Data

June 9-11, 2014
Ann Arbor, MI
Application deadline: May 1, 2014
This three day workshop will offer a broad summary of the Measures of Effective Teaching (MET) Project and resulting Longitudinal Database (MET LDB), including the design and original goals of the MET Project, video collection and scoring procedures, in addition to available data and how they were collected.  The course will include deeper discussion of key elements of the study including the nested data structure (district, school, teacher, student), the randomization process and implications for analysis, and the student surveys.  Additionally, time will be spent on practical considerations for current and potential users of the MET data, including logistics of accessing, linking, and scoring the video data, a description of the data file structure and organization, and discussion of the application process and demonstration of the specialized data access tools provided by the Inter-university Consortium for Political and Social Research (ICPSR).  Participants will have temporary access to the MET data via the ICPSR Virtual Data Enclave and Secure Video Player for the duration of the workshop, for both structured exercises and independent work.  

The workshop is free but space is limited.  Please provide a current CV along with a cover letter summarizing your relevant research interest and experience, as well as methodological training.  Graduate student applicants must also provide a letter of recommendation from an advisor.  Participants must have an understanding of secondary data, data analysis skills commensurate with analysis of complex data, and knowledge of SPSS, SAS, or Stata.  Additionally, participants are expected to review the available documentation and bring to the workshop tentative research questions that can be addressed by the data.  
Instructors include original MET Project Partners, MET Early Career Grantees, and ICPSR staff:
·         Elizabeth Covay Minor, Michigan State University
·         Ron Ferguson, Harvard University
·         Brian Rowan, Institute for Social Research, University of Michigan
·         Catherine McClellan, Clowder Consulting
·         Jilliam Joe, Educational Testing Service
·         Lesli Scott, Institute for Social Research, University of Michigan
·         Ben Kelcey, University of Cincinnati
·         Matthew Steinberg, University of Pennsylvania
·         Johanna Bleckman, ICPSR, University of Michigan
·         Chris Greene, ICPSR, University of Michigan

For more information or to apply visit:


Interest in Measures of Effective Teaching Data Spreads

Barely six months after ICPSR began accepting applications from the research community at large for use of the Measures of Effective Teaching Longitudinal Database, 155 researchers are working with the data on dozens of projects.

The researchers are members of 34 teams making use of the MET LDB quantitative and/or qualitative data, said Johanna Bleckman, an ICPSR manager of the database project.

The MET LDB provides archival, dissemination, and training services for the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation-supported MET Project, the largest study of classroom teaching ever conducted in the US. Additionally, about 20 teams are in the process of applying for access.

"Initially, the data were available only to the MET Partners -- the researchers and organizations who handled various aspects of the original data collection -- and to a set of 10 winners of the MET Early Career Research Grants, which were announced early last year," said Bleckman. "But now that the MET LDB is available to the entire research community, we're seeing the interest spread."

The MET LDB holds about 60 datasets containing a variety of indicators of teaching quality collected in classrooms of more than 2,500 4th- through 9th-grade teachers in over 300 US schools and six school districts.

It also provides access to an abundance of qualitative data in the form of more than 11,500 videos recorded in 1,424 classrooms.

ICPSR archive staff will be available at an exhibit booth at the annual meeting of the American Educational Research Association (AERA) on April 3-7 to discuss the MET project data and answer questions.

The MET LDB holdings recently were expanded to include two additional years of districtwide student standardized test scores from all six of the school districts, bringing the total number of years to four. These data, obtained through agreements established by ICPSR with the districts, can be used to create Value-Added Measures to attempt to quantify the value a teacher added to student's knowledge or education over the course of a year.

"Researchers can look longitudinally at students in order to estimate the effects of a particular teacher," Bleckman said. "Access to this kind of districtwide data is very valuable and difficult to obtain."

A few of the many other studies utilizing the MET LDB are investigating the characteristics of interesting mathematics lessons, using videos; measuring cultural dimensions of classroom interactions; and examining reading comprehension instruction.

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UWE-Bristol, UK, Announces 2014 Qualitative Research International Summer School Program

The University of the West of England (UWE), Bristol, UK, will provide its Qualitative Research International Summer School from 28 July to 1 August 2014. Workshops will be offered on qualitative research "from start to finish" -- theoretical foundations, design, methods of data collection and analysis (interviews, focus groups, TA, IPA, DA, CA, GT, CAQDAS, action and narrative research), quality, and communicating findings.

Lead tutors are Virginia Braun (University of Auckland, Aotearoa/New Zealand) and Victoria Clarke (UWE), authors of Successful Qualitative Research and Using Thematic Analysis in Psychology, and Nikki Hayfield (UWE).

Other expert tutors will be from UWE and other UK universities. They include:
  • Adrian Coyle, University of Surrey, editor of Analysing Qualitative Data in Psychology.
  • Sonja Ellis, Sheffield Hallam University, author of LGBTQ Psychology.
  • Hannah Frith, University of Brighton, editor of Critical Bodies.
  • Kate Gleeson, research director of the Professional Doctorate in Clinical Psychology at the University of Surrey.
  • Brett Smith, Loughborough University, author of Qualitative Research in Sport, Exercise and Health Sciences.
  • Christina Silver, University of Surrey, CAQDAS networking project manager and author of Using Software in Qualitative Research.
  • Leah Tomkins, University of Middlesex, author of numerous papers on Interpretative Phenomenological Analysis.
  • Sally Wiggins, University of Strathclyde, editor of Discursive Research in Practice.
Opening and closing keynotes will be by professors Brendan Gough and Lucy Yardley.

Qualitative Research International Summer School Program

28 July-1 August 2014

There are 3 parallel workshops on each day of the Summer School. Book a place for 1 day, 2 days, or the full week (select from the parallel workshops, so you attend those that best suit your needs and interests).

Monday 28 July

  • Introduction to Qualitative Research
  • Introduction to Action Research
  • Introduction to Narrative Research

Tuesday 29 July

  • Introduction to Qualitative Interviewing
  • Introduction to Focus Groups
  • Introduction to Grounded Theory

Wednesday 30 July

  • Introduction to Conversation Analysis
  • Wed 30-Thur 31 Thematic Analysis 2-Day 'Master class'
  • Wed 30-Thur 31 Interpretative Phenomenological Analysis 2-Day 'Master class'

Thursday 31 July

  • Introduction to Discourse Analysis

Friday 1 August

  • Communicating Qualitative Research
  • Quality and Rigor in Qualitative Research
  • Introduction to Computer-Assisted Qualitative Data Analysis (CAQDAS)

For further info and to book now, visit the Qualitative Research International Summer School Program web page (http://go.uwe.ac.uk/QualitativeSummerSchool).

For queries about course content and suitability, please contact: Nikki2.Hayfield@uwe.ac.uk or Victoria.Clarke@uwe.ac.uk.


Proposals Sought for Research Using NCAA Student-Athlete Data

The NCAA seeks outstanding proposals for studies of issues important to NCAA student-athletes and NCAA member institutions using data from its Growth, Opportunities, Aspirations, and Learning of Students in College Study (GOALS). These data are housed in the NCAA Student-Athlete Experiences Data Archive at ICPSR.

In 2006, GOALS survey responses were received from more than 19,780 student-athletes representing all three divisions at 620 NCAA member institutions. Respondents provided a range of information about their lives as student-athletes, including:
  • Academic engagement and success
  • Athletics experiences
  • Campus and team climate
  • Career aspirations
  • Health and well-being
  • Social experiences
  • Time commitments
In the first phase of this pilot program, the NCAA will approve data access for a limited number of proposals. Preference will be given to high-quality proposals that demonstrate a clear rationale and articulate specific, testable research questions.

To learn more
  • Online: See the NCAA data archive Request for Proposals page.
  • In person: Visit the ICPSR/Education & Child Care Data Archive exhibit at the annual meeting of the American Educational Research Association (AERA) on Saturday, April 5, 1-2 p.m., to talk with an NCAA representative, or any time during the AERA meeting to talk with an archive staff member.


China Data Center at UM Hosts Record 16 Visiting Scholars

The China Data Center at the University of Michigan's visiting scholars program is hosting a record 16 participants in the current academic year.

The increase comes on the heels of the highly successful class the prior year, which had nine visiting scholars, up from three in 2011-12. Altogether, 49 scholars have participated in the program since it had its first cohort in 1999-00.

"There is a huge demand in China to have scholars visit universities in the US," said CDC Director Shuming Bao, who also manages the program. The China Data Center's visibility is rising in China, largely because its emphasis on and expertise in spatial science research are of high interest among scholars.

Greater availability of financial support also contributes to the rising numbers. The funding from the Chinese government and universities there to support visiting scholars in the US has increased at least 15 percent, leading to more applications to our program, he said.

"The University of Michigan has significant long-term connections with China. Many people in China know U-M is a top university and would like to visit it with this kind of hosting opportunity." Moreover, the growing esteem of the CDC held by scholars in China also heightens the stature of U-M there, he said.

Additionally, the China Data Center's partnership with the Inter-university Consortium for Political and Social Research, initiated in 2012, has helped raise the CDC's global profile. "ICPSR is a well-established international consortium for universities, so that helps provide better visibility for us," he said.

The CDC is based at ICPSR's headquarters in the Institute for Social Research, but it reports to the Office of the Vice President for Research at U-M and is operated as an independent data service. It was founded in 1997 to advance the study and understanding of China, with a primary goal of integrating historical, social, and natural science data of China into a robust geographic information system (GIS), which advances a range of quantitative and spatial research.

Bao cited as another key growth factor the ongoing word-of-mouth testimonials by the rising number of scholars from prior cohorts who have returned to China after positive research experiences while visiting the CDC. "I think now, most of the people who work on China Studies know about the China Data Center."

The CDC provides a unique opportunity for visitors interested in learning the discipline of spatial science, which is the study and display of spatial information describing the earth. Spatial information services incorporate a variety of data into a computer system that can be used to generate maps overlaid with visual information, as well as charts. Data types include demographic and economic statistics, industrial censuses, geographic and environmental data and administrative maps.

Spatial tools such as those developed by the China Data Center help researchers visualize connections among various types of data and geographic regions. This facilitates data-driven decision making in the areas of regional planning, business investment, demographic trends, public health and religious adherence. Additionally, as data often cover multiple years, trends can be observed.

"Not many scholars understand what kind of data are available, and what kind of methodology can be applied to the main research areas they are interested in," Bao said. "They learn the spatial technology here, and spatial methodology. We provide the data support and training to do this kind of research."

This year, all the visiting scholars are studying Spatial Economy, which is the analysis of the location of economic activity and the allocation of resources over geographic areas. In prior years, Bao said, scholars explored the field of Spatial Religion, relating spatial methods and statistical data on religion in China to their primary research interests, such as urbanization or international trade.

The result is an enriched research resource that benefits both the China Data Center and China, Bao said. "The visitors interact with each other here and generate more new directions and initiatives for developing spatial science. When they go back, we have built up connections with their institutions in China."

This year's China Data Center visiting scholars are:

Liwei Fan
Wuhan University
He received a master's degree from the State Key Laboratory of Information Engineering in Surveying, Mapping and Remote Sensing (LIESMARS) at Wuhan University. He has a major in geographic information systems and is working on the development and maintenance of the CDC's US Geo-Explorer product.

Zhuojuan Hu
Xiamen University
She is a PhD student sponsored by the China Scholarship Council. Her research involves the valuation of intellectual property and research and development, and comparative study of returns to R&D in the United States and China.

Xiang Kong  
East China Normal University, Shanghai
He is an associate professor at ECNU and a graduate of Peking Normal University and ECNU. His research interests are construction of social and cultural space in the era of globalization, development of industrial zones, and eco-civilization and innovation of regional development.

Jinjuan Li
Lanzhou University
She has been a CDC visiting scholar since 2011. Her research interest is religion and arts. She has studied the spatial distribution of Buddhist monasteries in northwest China and the Dunhuang family caves of the ninth and tenth centuries.

Hao Luo
Sun Yat-sen University, Canton
He is a faculty member of the Business School at SYSU and a former associate professor at Nanjing University. He received his PhD from NanKai University, Tianjin, and has published 50 articles in academic journals. His research interests are in regional economics, tourism economics, and growth and development.

Haiying Ma
East China University of Science and Technology, Shanghai
He is an associate professor at ECUST. He received his PhD from Jilin University. His research interests are risk management and public relations management.

Jianxun Rui  
Shanghai Normal University
He is on the faculty of Shanghai Normal University and is a graduate of Northwest Normal University, Lanzhou. His research interests are geospatial intelligence, geographic information services, and natural disaster assessment.

Renli Shao
Xianyang Normal University
She is on the faculty of Xianyang Normal University and is a graduate of North-West University, Xi'an city. She has 30 published papers and 2 published works. Her research interests involve regional economies. She has hosted or participated in 15 research projects, and has taught courses in international economics and international trade.

Miao Shui      
Wuhan University
He is a master's degree candidate at LIESMARS at Wuhan University, with a major in geographic information engineering. He is working on the development and maintenance of the China Geo-Explorer and the Spatial Explorer of Religion products.

Juergen Symanzik
Utah State University
He is an associate professor (with tenure) in the Department of Mathematics and Statistics at Utah State University, Logan. He received his PhD in Statistics and Computer Science from Iowa State University, Ames. His research interests include Dynamic Statistical Graphics (DSG) and Virtual Reality (VR).

Xiaojuan Wang
Shanghai Academy of Social Sciences
She is on the SASS faculty. She received her PhD from Zhejiang University, Hangzhou. Her research interests are in regional economies and industrial clusters, and she is studying the industrial spatial performance of new areas in China.

Ruan Xiaobo
Guangzhou Academy of Social Sciences
He is an economics research associate who is a graduate of Sun Yat-Sen University. His research interests involve regional economies.

Kailiang Yu
Fudan University, Shanghai
He is a PhD student who received a bachelor's degree in GIS from Wuhan University. His research interests are historical geography and historical demography.

Fayong Zhang  
China University of Geosciences, Wuhan and Beijing
He is a faculty member at CUG and vice president of Zondy Cyber Group, which is the largest professional Geographic Information Systems platform supplier in China. His research interests are geospatial business intelligence service, applications of GIS, and GIS platforms.

Xueliang Zhang  
Shanghai University of Finance and Economics
He is an associate professor at the Research Institute of Finance and Economics. His research interests involve Spatial Economy.

Yexi Zhong    
Jiangxi Normal University, Nanchang
He is director of the Regional Development and Planning Institute of JXNU and a professor at the university. His research interests are spatial analysis in the field of humanities and social sciences, and he is doing research in Spatial Religion.


Summer Program Announces Weeklong Courses on Data Curation and Data Services

The ICPSR Summer Program is offering the following weeklong courses this year focused on data curation and data services. Please click on the course titles below for full descriptions and information on enrolling.

Curating and Managing Research Data for Re-use
July 28-August 1, 2014

This workshop, taught by Louise Corti (UK Data Archive), Jared Lyle (ICPSR), and Veerle Van den Eynden (UK Data Archive), will explore and apply the concepts and benefits of life cycle principles for data curation, from selecting and preparing data for archiving to optimizing and promoting data for reuse. ICPSR social science quantitative datasets and UK Data Archive qualitative and cross-disciplinary data collections will serve as case studies, and participants will track the datasets as they make their way through the data assessment, review, processing, curation, and publication pipeline. Participants will learn about and gain proficiency in the full range of life cycle activities: data review and preparation; confidential data management; effective documentation practices; how to create, comply with, and evaluate required data management plans; digital repository requirements and assessment; data dissemination and publication; and running user support and promotional activities for data. Emphasis will be placed on hands-on exercises demonstrating curation practices and on small group discussions for sharing local experiences and learning from others.

The workshop is aimed at individuals interested or actively engaged in the curation and management of research data, in view of data sharing and reuse, particularly data librarians, data archivists, data producers and stewards with responsibilities for data management.

Providing Social Science Data Services: Strategies for Design and Operation
August 4-8, 2014

This workshop, taught by Bobray Bordelon (Princeton University), Jane Fry (Carleton University), and Ron Nakao (Stanford University), is aimed at individuals who manage or support local services for ICPSR and other research data for quantitative analysis. The workshop is organized around four data service areas: collections, users, access, and preservation. This workshop will touch on the complete research life cycle. The structure of the workshop will rely on presentations, participant collaborations, and hands-on exercises. Fundamental topics are covered, including conducting a data reference interview, searching for social science data, interpreting data documentation, coping with various dissemination formats, accessing and subsetting data through web-based tools (e.g. SDA and Nesstar), selecting and downloading ICPSR data, and options for local data delivery. Other topics will include data management, service promotion, preservation, and sustainability. The final day concludes with an exercise drawing upon the lessons learned throughout the workshop.

Those who should attend include anyone who is new to providing social science data services, who is seeking to revitalize an existing service, or who is looking to refresh and expand on previous knowledge.

Note: This is not a course in statistical analysis, and attendees are not expected to know how to use statistical software.


2014 Data Resources Program Funding Available for the Analysis of Existing Data

The National Institute of Justice (NIJ), the Bureau of Justice Statistics (BJS), and the Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention (OJJDP) are seeking applications for funding under the Data Resources Program 2014 to reproduce, replicate, or extend previous findings and conduct original research using or extending data from the National Archive of Criminal Justice Data (NACJD). NACJD houses quantitative and qualitative data from NIJ, BJS, and OJJDP funded research and provides online access to downloadable, machine-readable (SPSS, SAS, or ASCII) files, as well as data dictionaries, study abstracts, and MapInfo or ESRI geographic data. Deadline for 2014 applications is May 5, 2014. See the solicitation announcement at: https://ncjrs.gov/pdffiles1/nij/sl001103.pdf.


NAHDAP Summer Workshop on Pathways to Desistance Study Data

The National Addiction and HIV Data Archive Program (NAHDAP) will host a second course in the ICPSR's Summer Program entitled "The Pathways to Desistance Study: Analyzing the Life Event Calendar Data for Substance Abuse Research." The course will be in Ann Arbor from July 28 to July 30. The instructors, Drs. Edward Mulvey and Carol Schubert from the University of Pittsburgh are the Principal Investigator and Project Manager of the Pathways to Desistance Study. 

The course will cover data from all four of the current studies released in the Pathways to Desistance series. The main focus of the workshop will be to introduce researchers on how to utilize the Life Event Calendar Data. The calendar data will be released just after the workshop concludes. These data contain 13 topic domains presented from multiple time frames (by month, by year, and by recall period).

Prerequisites: Participants should have a basic understanding of secondary data organization and manipulation, fundamental data analysis skills, working knowledge of SPSS and a substantive interest in substance use and dependence. Knowledge of trajectory analysis (using SAS or MPLUS) is useful, as is experience with event history analysis or structural equation modeling.

Fee. There are no tuition fees for accepted participants.

Deadline. The deadline to apply is May 1, 2014.

Application. Admission to this workshop is competitive. Enrollment is limited to 25 participants. Applicants must provide a current curriculum vita and cover letter with their application.
Priority consideration will be given to applicants who present a research project proposal using the Life Event Calendar data. 

Get more information about the workshop and apply online using the ICPSR Summer Program portal.

NAHDAP is a topical archive in ICPSR and is sponsored by the National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA), part of the National Institutes of Health.