openICPSR becomes Recommended Data Repository

Scientific Data, “an open access journal from Nature Publishing Group that aids discoverability, citation, and reuse of research data,” has recommended that openICPSR will be an officially recommended data repository. For more information about this, please see the ICPSR News blog post at:

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North American DDI User Conference [NADDI] – April 8-10, 2015

The North American DDI User Conference [NADDI]  will be held April 8-10, 2015 in Madison, Wisconsin. The theme of this years conference is “Research Data Management: Enhancing Discoverability with Open Metadata Standards.” The conference is being hosted by the University of Wisconsin Institute on Aging. For more information about the conference, including links to registering, go to:

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NAHDAP Summer Workshop (June 22-24, 2015)

The National Addiction and HIV Data Archive Program (NAHDAP) is hosting a session at the ICPSR Summer Program entitled “Secondary Data Analysis and the National Addiction & HIV Data Archive Program (NAHDAP).” The workshop will take place in Ann Arbor, Michigan (June 22-24, 2015). The deadline to apply for the program is May 3, 2015. For more information about the course go to:

Registration for the session is available at the ICSPR Summer Program Portal:

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2015 ICPSR Summer Program Scholarships

ICPSR is now accepting applications for fee-waiving scholarships to attend the 2015 ICPSR Summer Program. These scholarships are designed to assist graduate students or pre-tenure scholars who want to attend one of the Summer Programs two four-week session. “The selection process for each scholarship is highly competitive. Preference is given to advanced PhD students who are focusing on methodology and statistical analysis, unless stated otherwise in a specific scholarship description.” The deadline for applications is April 30, 2015. For more information about the types of scholarships available, go to:

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ICPSR Summer Program Five-day Workshop (July 27-31, 2015)

The five-day workshop – Curating and Managing Research Data for Re-Use – is scheduled for July 27-31, 2015. “Instructors Louise Corti (UK Data Archive), Jared Lyle (ICPSR), and Veerle Van den Eynden (UK Data Archive) will discuss best practices and tools 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 and curation 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; and running user support and promotional activities for data. Emphasis will be placed on hands-on exercises demonstrating curation practices and on discussion for sharing local experiences and learning from others. Additional context and expertise will be provided through invited keynote lectures by research data experts.” For more information about this workshop, go to:

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Population Europe Resource Finder and Archive (PERFAR)

The Population Europe Resource Finder and Archive (PERFAR) links policies, data, and research for users to explore population developments. The PERFAR portal is online at It is designed to meet the information needs of researchers, policy makers, civil society organizations and journalists. It includes detailed information on policies over time, a link catalog to socio-economic and demographic data, and an online repository of research outcomes. It covers countries outside of Europe as well.

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2015 ICPSR Summer Program

The ICPSR Summar Program will consist of two four-week courses that will take place in Ann Arbor, Michigan (June 22-July 17, 2015 and July 20-August 14, 2015). In addition, the Summer Program will also offer 45 3 to 5 day workshops. These workshops will be held in Ann Arbor, MI, Amherst, MA; Berkeley, CA; Boulder, CO; Chapel Hill, NC; Manhattan, NY; and Montreal, QC. For more information about all aspects of the Summer Program,  including a link to the online registration portal, go to:

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Orientation to openICPSR and openICPSR for Institutions and Journals Webinar

ICPSR recently announced a two-part webinar session focusing on the “launch of openICPSR, ICPSR’s public-access data sharing collection, AND the launch of openICPSR for Institutions and Journals.” The webinar is scheduled for February 10, 2015 (12pm EST). The first part of the session will focus on openICSPR, and the second part of the session will focus on openICPSR for Institutions and Journals. For more information about the sessions, including registration information, go to:

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Two ICPSR Funding Opportunities Closing Soon (Jan. 31, 2015)

2015 ICPSR Research Paper Competitions

We are still accepting applications for three 2015 competitions (ICPSR Undergraduate, ICPSR Master’s, and RCMD). Awards: $1,000 for first place, $750 for second place. There are separate undergraduate and master’s prizes for this competition.

Deadline: All papers and corresponding entry forms must be received by midnight Pacific Standard Time, January 31, 2015.

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Summer Undergraduate Internship Program
The ICPSR summer internship program provides undergraduate students with a unique and expansive research experience that introduces all aspects of social science research and includes supported exploration of a research query from start to finish, data management training, and focused methodological education in quantitative research.

Deadline: Applications are due by January 31, 2015. Please note that late or incomplete applications will not be considered for this opportunity.

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ICPSR Data Webinars:

“ICPSR Data Fair 2014: Powering Sustainable Data Access,” (October 6-9, 2014). “For many years, ICPSR has hosted several public-access research data archives that are sustained by federal and foundation funding. ICPSR’s 2014 Data Fair will feature webinars about many of these archives and collections, including an introduction to the National Archive of Data on Arts and Culture; the R-DAS collection at the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Data Archive; two Gates Foundation-funded collections at the Resource Center for Minority Data; an orientation to the National Addiction and HIV Data Archive Program; and a Q & A about the Gates Foundation-funded Measures of Effective Teaching Longitudinal Database.”

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