Survey on Research Collaboration and Data Sharing in the Social Sciences - Participation Request

Dear Official and Designated Representatives,

Below is a research request from a graduate student from an ICPSR member institution. The research is supported by National Science Foundation Award Number BCS-1244282.

While it is rare that ICPSR approves the use of our email list for such outreach, we believe that you, as part of our data community, are uniquely qualified to assist this research team in completing and or locating/encouraging scholars to participate in a survey on a topic that you have told us is evolving quickly on your campuses.

We hope that you will complete and/or forward this survey invitation as/to scholars in the social sciences and encourage participation.

Questions regarding the survey should go directly to Marieka Arksey at marksey@ucmerced.edu.

Thank you for your consideration and have a great day!


My name is Marieka Arksey and I’m writing from CHIA, the Collaborative for Historical Information and Analysis. We are in the process of designing a data repository that will differ from others that merely host individual data sets in that we will facilitate the linkage all contributed datasets into a singular and cross-searchable database. To this end, we are conducting a short survey investigating data use, creation and curation to discover how scholars in historical quantitative social sciences use data repositories in their current work and how data repositories can enable collaboration and data reuse.

The results of this study will help to shape our efforts at CHIA and form the basis of a publication aimed at highlighting both the importance and barriers of collaboration and open data sharing.

The survey is available through the following link: http://goo.gl/forms/Dxs2VBVakM.

Your response is valuable and we appreciate your taking the time to contribute.

Marieka Arksey
CHIA Graduate Student Researcher
Data Hoover Project
University of California Merced
5200 Lake Rd
Merced, CA 95343

The Survey of Criminal Justice Experience (SCJE), 2013 (ICPSR 35080)

The Survey of Criminal Justice Experience (SCJE) is a household survey of the criminal justice experiences of United States adults ages 18-64. Measures capture supervision (e.g. probation, jail, and prison) and broader experiences such as arrests and convictions. Researchers are able to estimate 12-month and life-time prevalence rates of respondents' criminal justice experiences. Data were collected between May 8, 2013 and May 20, 2013 via a web-based survey conducted by GfK, a leading market research organization. GfK maintains the KnowledgePanel -- a probability-based research panel representative of households in the United States. A random sample of 5,278 individuals aged 18-64 were selected from the KnowledgePanel and 3,260 participated in the survey. Along with the main survey variables, standard demographic variables, a series of data processing variables created by GfK, and a final sample weight are also included in the dataset. Demographic variables cover: age, race, sex, income, regions, education, marital status, employment status, and housing type.


Click here to explore the variables.

These data are available to those at ICPSR member institutions.


Find and Apply for Restricted-use Data from NAHDAP Webinar Available on YouTube

Video and slides are now available on the ICPSR YouTube channel from the February 2015 webinar titled, "Find and Apply for Restricted-use Data from NAHDAP: It's Easier than You May Think!" that was presented by ICPSR's staff with the National Addiction & HIV Data Archive Program.

This webinar walked attendees through how to find information about restricted-use data on the NAHDAP Website and how to apply online for access to these data through ICPSR’s Data Access Request System (IDARS).

The webinar slides as a PDF tutorial are also available under the Help tab of the NAHDAP Website. This webinar and other webinars that NAHDAP has presented can also be found on the Training tab of the NAHDAP Website. Other webinars can also be found on ICPSR's YouTube channel.


Measures of Effective Teaching Longitudinal Database pre-conference workshop at AERA 2015

What: Video Analysis with the Measures of Effective Teaching
Longitudinal Database (MET LDB)

When: Thursday, April 16, 2015, 8:00am – 3:45pm

Objective: This workshop will introduce researchers to video data collected by the Measures of Effective Teaching project, funded by the Bill & Melinda Gates
Foundation. Data collected on teachers and their teaching included video-recorded lessons scored by independent observers using multiple classroom observation protocols. Workshop faculty will offer an introduction for current or future users of the MET Longitudinal Database to the archived MET Project video data, including understanding and using the captured videos, the logistics of designing a video scoring protocol, and current and future uses of the MET LDB.

Who should attend?: Researchers, graduate students, and district or state staff interested in collecting and/or using classroom video data for rese arch or evaluation will benefit from lecture, training, and hands-on experience viewing and scoring videos. Participants will leave the workshop with:
• An understanding of the MET project’s video collection, scoring efforts, and video observation measures used in the project;
• Experience scoring videos and an understanding of the systems needed to configure effective scoring teams and protocols;
• Examples of research conducted using the MET video data and ideas about potential future research;
• Information on how to access the MET Longitudinal Database.

Note: Participants should have a basic understanding of the MET project (www.metproject.org) and MET Longitudinal Database (www.icpsr.umich.edu/METLDB). Experience with the MET data is not required.

The Faculty: Johanna Bleckman, ICPSR, University of Michigan; Rachael Gabriel, University of Connecticut; Susan Jekielek, ICPSR, University of Michigan; Tanner Wallace, University of Pittsburgh; Catherine McClellan, Clowder Consulting; Bryant Jensen, Brigham Young University

Space is limited — register today at the AERA Annual Meeting website: www.aera.net/annualmeeting

New U-M Health Article: Largest ever genome-wide study strengthens genetic link to obesity

Researchers at the University of Michigan, MIT, Harvard, and Mt. Sinai Health System have found a link between genetics and people's tendencies to put on weight.

Important findings include (Source):
  • The largest genetic association study identified more than 100 locations across the genome that play a role in obesity.
  • No single gene or genetic variant leads to obesity.
  • While diet and exercise are important, the study sharpens the role genetics play in people's tendency to gain weight and where the fat is stored.
  • The new genetic findings open the door to new biological studies that could lead to better, tailored treatments for obesity and its complications.
To read the article in full, click here.


AERA pre-conference workshop: Video Analysis with the MET LDB

Workshop registration:

Introducing openICPSR for Institutions and Journals

openICPSR for Institutions and Journals was developed to meet the needs of universities, journals, professional associations, research centers, and departments that desire a fully-hosted (no tech staff or patches required!), economical, and professionally-run research data repository with the ability to demonstrate the research impact of the organization. 

It enables an organization to brand its repository, share and preserve public-access and restricted-use data, and obtain detailed usage reports on demand. 

Check out a recording of yesterday’s official launch webinar to learn more about the benefits of using openICPSR for Institutions and Journals.

openICPSR is out of beta!

Participants in Tuesday’s official launch webinar interacted with the ICPSR staff as we officially launched openICPSR

openICPSR is a self-publishing data-sharing service for the social and behavioral sciences. This great resource allows the public to access research data, usually at no charge. 

It also will also help many meet federal and journal data-sharing requirements via a trusted organization with over 50 years’ experience storing research data. 

Bit-level self-deposits will be free to individuals at ICPSR member institutions. 

View a recording from the webinar to learn more about the benefits of using openICPSR. We have provided links to presentation slides and openICPSR brochures in the video description.


Limited User Support Monday, Feb. 2 Due to Snow Emergency

2015-02-01 8:00 AM EDT

The University of Michigan has been closed and all non-essential staff have been advised to remain home, due to adverse weather conditions. (Ann Arbor received 14 inches of snow yesterday; many roads still need to be plowed.) The ICPSR website will remain functional, but user support functions will be limited. Our thanks for your patience.

Barring further updates, we expect the roads to be cleared by the end of the day and normal operations will resume tomorrow.