Call for applications: World Social Science Fellows

The International Social Science Council (ISSC) invites applications from outstanding early career social scientists around the world to become World Social Science Fellows and participate in a seminar on Big Data in an Urban Context, November 30 to December 4, 2015, Xiamen, China.

The deadline for applications is August 24, 2015.

This seminar is organized in partnership with CODATA, an interdisciplinary Scientific Committee of the International Council for Science (ICSU), which works to improve the quality, reliability, management and accessibility of data of importance to all fields of science and technology.

The seminar is hosted by the International Council of Science International Programme Office on Urban Health and Wellbeing at the Institute of Urban Environment (IUE) in Xiamen, China.


New Releases through 2015-07-19

Below is a list of new data collection additions to the ICPSR data archive along with a list of released data collections that have been updated:

New Additions



Free online training manual for Secondary Data Analysis

Twenty researchers from across the country and from across many academic disciplines and career stages attended NAHDAP’s summer program workshop on Secondary Data Analysis presented by Dr. Lisa Dierker of Wesleyan University. For three days at the end of June attendees worked collaboratively and individually on their research projects, primarily using data from NAHDAP.

For those who did not come to Ann Arbor to take the course or who want a refresher on secondary analysis, Dr. Dierker has created a free online training manual entitled "Passion Driven Statistics: A Supportive, Project Based, Multidisciplinary, Introductory Course" which she shared with the workshop participants. The manual was developed in part through a grant from the National Science Foundation.

Resources from the workshop will be posted to the Training section of the NAHDAP Website soon.


New Releases through 2015-07-12

Below is a list of new data collection additions to the ICPSR data archive along with a list of released data collections that have been updated:

New Additions



          New Releases through 2015-07-05

          Below is a list of new data collection additions to the ICPSR data archive along with a list of released data collections that have been updated:

          New Additions


          Q&A: ICPSR's partnership with SEAD

          In case you missed the announcement in the most recent ICPSR Bulletin newsletter, the Sustainable Environment Actionable Data (SEAD) Project, directed by Margaret Hedstrom, moved to ICPSR earlier this year. Hedstrom is the Robert M. Warner Collegiate Professor at the University of Michigan School of Information and faculty associate at ICPSR.

          What is SEAD?
          SEAD is a National Science Foundation-funded project to create data services for sustainability science research.  SEAD provides project spaces in which scientists manage, find, and share data, and connects them to repositories (including ICPSR) that will provide long-term access and preservation of data.

          What makes SEAD and ICPSR good partners?
          “There is this notion of the data life cycle in SEAD, and a strong focus on curating data, which resonates with the work of ICPSR,” said SEAD Program manager Sandy Payette. ICPSR Director George Alter adds, “ICPSR has been a partner in SEAD from the beginning, and Margaret and I believe that moving SEAD to ICPSR will have many benefits. It’s a wonderful fit because they’re really doing complementary work.”

          How does SEAD impact the data life cycle?
          SEAD’s technology supports Project Spaces for researcher teams that allow for collaboration and sharing of data and testing of interactions with applications and computational environments; a Virtual Archive; and a Research Network that includes profiles, citations and publication links. Payette describes a process in which SEAD directs researchers through each step of the data life cycle. “SEAD provides the ability for scientists and project groups to collaborate, submit data, and curate data in an active Project Space. Then, the data can move to the next state of existence, which is a published state, where the data itself can become a publication. Within the SEAD environment, when that happens there’s a component known as ‘The Matchmaker,’ associated with the Virtual Archive. That’s the point where rule-based action can occur, which is, ‘where is the best place for this data to go?’ ICPSR is one of the target areas,” Payette said.

          Who does SEAD typically serve?
          Researchers who produce and analyze heterogeneous data that is unique and at a fine resolution and granularity
          Researchers who need to collaborate with others to make scientific advances
          Researchers who lack access to reliable cyberinfrastracture for managing, sharing, analyzing, publishing and archiving data “This is a notion of a national, emerging, data infrastructure,” Payette said.

          Next steps?
          “As research in the social sciences becomes increasingly complex, SEAD provides a new set of tools to manage collaboration and data sharing,” Alter said.