NAHDAP releases data on drug use among young American Indians

NAHDAP announces the release of the data collection, "Drug Use Among Young American Indians: Epidemiology and Prediction, 2001-2006 and 2009-2013." This study, funded by the National Institute on Drug Abuse, is relatively unique in that American Indians are its primary respondents. The study's purpose was to assess the levels and patterns of substance use among American Indian youth who attend school near or on reservations in the United States. Schools had to have at least an enrollment of 20% American Indian students to be considered for inclusion into the study. Over half of the respondents in the file marked that they are American Indian.

Fred Beauvais, from Colorado State University, led this annual survey for the past 30 years. For this data collection, data come from annual in-school surveys completed between the years 2001 to 2006, and 2009 to 2013. The dataset contains 527 variables on 16,590 students in grades 7 to 12. The data are available for download and online analysis.


Evolutionary Demography 2nd Annual Meeting: Abstract Deadline Approaching August 1

The upcoming 2nd Annual Meeting of the Evolutionary Demography Society will be held November 10 through 12 at Stanford University. Registration is now open, and the last day to register and submit a 50-300 word abstract is August 1.

Further details and registration information will be posted on the website of the Stanford Center for Population Research.

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Request to Review and Update your IP Ranges

Dear Official and Designated Representatives,

The most frequent user support request that ICPSR receives is "I downloaded the study, but there wasn't any data" and that problem is almost always the result of ICPSR lacking up-to-date IP ranges for the member institution. It's frustrating for end users and likely generates unneeded user support requests for you as ICPSR ORs/DRs.

ICPSR asks that each institution take some time this summer to supply us with up-to-date IP ranges for your institution.

Here are some suggestions on how to handle this:

How do I obtain my university's IP ranges?

Just email your central IT department. In all likelihood, they will email you the ranges, or email you a URL where those ranges are made available to vendors. Just forward the email on to ICPSR at netmail@icpsr.umich.edu and we'll handle the rest. Your library may also have these IP ranges, as they need them for working with journal subscriptions and other online services.

How can I view the IP addresses ICPSR currently has on file?

If you go to the front page of the Membership in ICPSR website, there's a link on the left titled "View IP Ranges" underneath "Manage Your Membership." Note that the link requires you to login as an OR or DR.

That said, ICPSR would prefer you just send us the IP ranges. We will delete the old ranges and input the latest numbers, double-checking for errors when the ranges are converted to CIDR, and our system will record when we last updated your IP ranges, so that we can have a record of how up-to-date the information is.

Why do the IP ranges look so odd?

This is part of why we prefer you send us updated IP ranges rather than evaluating whether an update is needed.

Our system expresses IP ranges using CIDR - a format rapidly being adopted by IT organizations and universities. To convert CIDR to traditional IP ranges (or vice versa), please use this CIDR-IP Converter.

Even for users familiar with IP addresses, CIDR is a bit confusing. Unfortunately, we're rapidly running out of IPv4 addresses, and CIDR is one of the ways IT departments are handling this shortage.

Where do I send the IP addresses?

Either netmail@icpsr.umich.edu or web-support@icpsr.umich.edu would be fine.

I can't access one of the links above because I forgot my password. What do I do?

Email netmail@icpsr.umich.edu. Be sure to include your name and institution and request that your password be sent to you.

Need to see what email address we have associated with your OR/DR account? Find and click on your institution on our member list and you will see the email we have associated with your account.


Slides and reading list posted from NAHDAP's "Bayesian Methods" Summer Workshop

The slides and reading list from our workshop entitled "Bayesian Methods for Prevention and Intervention Science" are now available through the "Training" tab of the NAHDAP Website.

This 3-day workshop was taught by Dr. David Kaplan from the University of Wisconsin at Madison and was offered through the ICPSR Summer Program from June 30 to July 2, 2014.

Exercises from the workshop utilized data from the SAFE Children study to investigate data analysis from the Bayesian approach that is different from the current standard data analysis approach taught by most statistics classes. Data from the SAFE Children study should be released by NAHDAP at the end of August.


Webinar: Preparing, Archiving and Accessing NIJ Data at NACJD

On Wednesday, August 20, 2014, from 1:00 PM - 2:30 PM EDT, the National Archive of Criminal Justice Data (NACJD) will be offering a webinar on "Preparing, Archiving and Accessing NIJ Data at NACJD". It will describe the steps to successfully archive NIJ sponsored research with NACJD.  Topics to be covered include: 

  • Human Subjects and confidentiality and data archiving requirements 
  • Best practices to assist NIJ grantees in the preparation of their data by use by their own project team and the research community 
  • Submission checklist and guidelines

Reserve your spot now at: https://www2.gotomeeting.com/register/935779818. After registering you will receive a confirmation email containing information about how to join.


ICPSR Data Fair 2014 - Preliminary Program Announced!

ICPSR is pleased to present its preliminary program for the 2014 ICPSR Data Fair.  The Data Fair is scheduled to take place Tuesday through Thursday, October 7-9, 2014.
Please note however that with the current count of webinars, to accommodate time zones, the fair may begin on Monday, October 6. Webinar broadcast times will run noon to 4:00 pm EDT.
The final program, schedule, and webinar registrations links will be made available the first week of September 2014.

Preliminary Program

Broadening access to substance abuse and mental health data with the Restricted-use Data Analysis System (R-DAS)

Learning objectives
·       Obtain a general understanding of the data and resources available through the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Data Archive (SAMHDA).
·       Understand the differences between the public-use and restricted-use National Survey on Drug Use and Health (NSDUH) data files.
·       Locate and access the restricted-use NSDUH in the R-DAS.
·       Successfully complete a cross-tabulation in the R-DAS. 

NAHDAP Orientation
NAHDAP facilitates research on drug addiction and HIV infection by acquiring and sharing data, particularly those funded by its sponsor, the National Institute on Drug Abuse. This session, led by ICPSR's National Addiction and HIV Data Archive Program team, will help attendees to learn about NAHDAP's services and resources for data depositors and data users, orients them on how to locate this information on the NAHDAP Website, and highlights selected datasets and data series.

An Introduction to NADAC
NADAC's mission is to share research data on arts and culture with researchers, policymakers, people working for arts and culture organizations, and the general public. This session, led by staff managing ICPSR's National Archive of Data on Arts and Culture, will help attendees to learn about data available from NADAC at the national, state, and local levels. The session will also highlight user-friendly tools for analyzing the data (including for those not experienced with statistical packages), for visualizing the data, and for other ways of using research data to support the arts and culture community.

Disclosure Risk Training - For public-use or not for public use, that is the question
Whether depositing data or publishing results from using data, researchers need to determine whether the data they are sharing are public-use or not. This session will provide examples of disclosure risk concerns and describes techniques to modify data for disclosure risk, keeping in mind that the goal is always to maximize the usefulness of the data while sufficiently addressing concerns about disclosure. Options to share data as restricted-use will also be described.

Out of the Gate(s): Post-secondary trajectories and outcomes of Millennium and Washington Achiever scholars
The Washington State Achievers Scholarship program (WSA) started as part of an initiative by the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation to fund and support 16 high schools in Washington State as they redesigned their schools in order to increase academic achievement for all of their students. In 1999, the Bill and Melinda Gates foundation started the Gates Millennium Scholars Program (GMS), a 20-year initiative which intends to expand access to higher education for high achieving, low-income minority students.
In 2012, RCMD and the Gates Foundation entered into an agreement to make data collected through the two scholarships freely available to the public through ICPSR. This session will provide some methodological and content background on these data and ways in which to access and analyze these data.

OSTP Public Access Plans for Data: An Update
In February 2013, the Executive Office of the President's Office of Science and Technology Policy (OSTP) published a memo directing Federal agencies with an annual R&D budget over $100 million to develop a public access plan for disseminating the results of their research, including digital data.  Now nearly two years since the memo was published, this session provides an update on Federal agencies' public access plans, including the impact on ICPSR member institutions.

Q&A with Measures of Effective Teaching Longitudinal Database (MET LDB) Staff
The Measures of Effective Teaching Longitudinal Database (MET LDB) has been available to the research community for almost a year now, and we invite current and potential users to log in for a review of the project and available data, and then stick around for Q&A with the ICPSR staff who manage data file processing and access for secondary analysis.  This is a great opportunity to get your questions answered about this complex dataset, specifically on file organization and structure and data access policies and procedures.

Data, data everywhere and not a number to teach!
Sifting through the many megabytes of data with which we are bombarded each day takes practice.  This Webinar will focus on teaching students how to evaluate the data with which they come in contact (think Joel Best's books...).  We will also present a variety of sources for "numbers" that can be used in teaching and examples of their use.  Because working with numerical evidence is as much or more a mindset as it is a set of mathematical skills, the content should be especially helpful for faculty who might otherwise consider themselves "non-quantitative."

Making Research Methods Fun (or at Least Tolerable)
Can "social research" and "fun" really go together?   We all know the value of social research and why learning methods is important, but students are typically not as easily convinced.  Learn how to use ICPSR's collection of data and tools to make your research methods course more engaging.  We will demonstrate how a variety of concepts--including some of the less exciting ones like operationalization and sampling--can be taught using real data and/or the tools built to support those data. 

Public Access Data Sharing at ICPSR: Update on the State of openICPSR
In February 2014, ICPSR launched public data sharing service known as 'openICPSR.' openICPSR is a research data-sharing service for the social and behavioral sciences that allows the public to access research data at no charge.  The service is designed to meet evolving federal agency data sharing and preservation requirements.
This session will reflect upon the first several months of the service, provide updates on features in development for the service, and provide a peek into Institutional openICPSR--a data sharing service developed for institutions and journals who desire a branded, public data-sharing institutional service fully hosted by ICPSR.

Learning Objectives:
1.     Learn about current status and future of openICPSR: deposits and usage during the beta period and plans for the future
2.     Hear about the results of research conducted with institutions and journals on what features are desired in an institutional data sharing service
3.     See what features and solutions are available for institutions and journals desiring their own public data-sharing service that is powered by openICPSR technology.

Meeting Federal Data Sharing Requirements Now and into the Future
Agencies such as the NSF and NIH require data management plans as part of research proposals and the Office of Science and Technology Policy (OSTP) is requiring federal agencies to develop plans to increase public access to results of federally funded scientific research. Join us for a session on sustainable data sharing models, including models for sharing restricted-use data.  Overviews of these models and tips for accessing public data access services will be provided as well as resources for creating data management plans for grant applications.

Learning Objectives:
1.     Keen understanding of several sustainable data management/sharing models
2.     Ability to critique data sharing products/services
3.     Knowledge of resources for creating data management plans for grant applications

What should I do with my research data?  Understanding Deposit Options at ICPSR.
Public-access, members-only access, replication archive, special data collections, restricted-use, curated versus bit-level - what data deposit do I choose? And what disciplines are served by these data-sharing services?  ICPSR and its hosted archives provide a myriad of options for depositing data. Curious or confused about what deposit options are best for your data and/or your institution's data?  This session will define and demonstrate data deposit options at ICPSR.

Learning Objectives:
1.     Keen understanding ICPSR deposit options from the data depositor (PI) AND the data user perspectives
2.     Ability to identify when data should be considered for restricted-use access (versus on-demand public use)
3.     Understanding of curated data and its impact on increased utilization and preservation compared to bit-level preservation

General Orientation to ICPSR
New to ICPSR or considering membership in ICPSR?  New to the Official or Designated Representative (OR or DR) role?  Tasked with educating (training) your institution about what is available from ICPSR and its hosted archives and need tools and content to assist? Need to better understand the benefits of membership in ICPSR? This session is for you!

Learning Objectives:
1.     Gain confidence in understanding and explaining what ICPSR offers the data community including faculty, students, and others affiliated with your organization and across numerous disciplines
2.     Understand what options are available to individuals who need:
1.     To deposit research data
2.     To analyze data for articles or papers
3.     Training in quantitative methods or data curation
4.     Data management plans and quotes for inclusion in grant proposals and budgets
3.     Understanding of why in the era of public access data, that membership in ICPSR matters!

Sharing Restricted-Use Data with the Public - Options for Deposit and Access from ICPSR
What is restricted-use data? How is it deposited in ICPSR? How do analysts access restricted-use data housed at ICPSR? This tell-all session will unravel the mysteries of depositing, applying for, and accessing data that is sensitive and/or needs extra security precautions to ensure protections of research subjects.

Learning Objectives:
1.     Be able to recognize when data should be reviewed for restricted-use access - know the questions to ask to ensure the proper deposit; understand the difference between direct and indirect identifiers
2.     Understand the general process of applying for use/analysis of restricted-use data held by ICPSR

3.     Understand the different access options methods (encrypted download; virtual data enclave (VDE); physical enclave)


Data curation research paper competition winners announced

ICPSR is pleased to announce the winners of our 2014 Data Curation Research Paper Competition.

Tiffany Chao of the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign earned first-place with her paper "Exploring the Role of 'Research Methods' in Metadata Description for Data Reuse." The paper investigates how research methods descriptions are represented in contemporary metadata schemas for research data, with a focus on what information about the data production process is required for metadata inclusion. She is a graduate research assistant with the Center for Informatics Research in Science and Scholarship at the Graduate School of Library and Information Science. Her research focuses on enhancing metadata for data reuse across multiple
disciplines through the analysis of scientific practices and communication.

Rebekah Cummings, a recent MLIS graduate of the University of California, Los Angeles, won the second-place prize for her paper, "Much Ado About Data: Intellectual Property Issues Surrounding Academic Research Data." The paper frames the complex issues surrounding intellectual property and data curation, including the unique nature of data, the motivations behind open data sharing, and the legal landscape that undergirds current data practices. The paper also demonstrates how librarians can use the four factors of fair use--purpose, nature of the work, amount used, and effect on the market--when assessing risk in data reuse. While at UCLA, Cummings worked as a graduate student researcher on Dr. Christine Borgman's research team and interned at the UCLA Social Science Data Archive. She was named the 2013 UCLA Chancellor's Marshall, and her culminating project at UCLA, "Data Curation in Social Science Research," was honored as a 2013 Showcase Portfolio. Cummings now works as the Assistant Director of the Mountain West Digital Library at the University of Utah.

The first-place winner received $1,000; the second-place prize is $750.


ICPSR Announces New Summer Program Director

ICPSR is pleased to announce that Saundra Schneider will join ICPSR as the next Director of the Summer Program starting in August 2014. Schneider succeeds Interim Director John Garcia, who has served in that position since January 2014.

Schneider is a long-time Summer Program instructor and has been teaching Regression Analysis I, one of the mainstay courses in the Program, since 1990. She is Professor of Political Science at Michigan State University. Her main research areas are public policy and state politics, with particular emphases on social welfare, governmental response to disasters, spending priorities across program areas, and public opinion toward federalism.

"Sandy is a great fit for this position," said ICPSR Director George Alter. "As an experienced instructor, she understands why the Summer Program experience has been so valuable to participants for more than fifty years. Sandy also brings strong administrative experience, which has become increasingly important as the program has grown in size."

Schneider received a Ph.D. in Political Science, with an emphasis in Public Policy Analysis and Evaluation, from Binghamton University in 1980. Over the years, she has held faculty positions at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill (1979-1980), the University of Missouri-Columbia (1980-1985), the Ohio State University (Visiting Professor, 1986 to 1988), and the University of South Carolina (1989-2003). At Michigan State, she established the Master of Public Policy (MPP) Program in 2007 and served as its director for seven years.

Schneider has an impressive record of publications in high quality outlets including The Journal of Politics, British Journal of Political Science, and Political Research Quarterly, and has published two books on the governmental response to disasters: Flirting With Disaster (1995) and Dealing With Disaster (2011). She has served on a number of editorial boards for prominent journals and has held a variety of leadership positions across the discipline of political science. She also has a strong record of receiving research and education/training grants.

"I am very proud of my long association with the ICPSR Summer Program," Schneider said. "There is absolutely no question about its success as a vehicle for providing first-rate methodological training throughout the social sciences. I want to help maintain the Program's world-famous reputation on into the future."