ICPSR has announced a May 4 webinar entitled “Creating a Harmonized Custom Data Extract for MIDUS using DDI 3.2.” The MIDUS (Midlife in the United States) study has been using DDI for “nearly 10 years” to help document and provide access to over 20 years of study data. In 2013, MIDUS received an NIA grant to upgrade it’s “infrastructure to DDI 3.2, and to create a harmonized extraction system.” “This presentation will explain the rationale, methods, and results of the project. ”
To register for this webinar, to to:
In June 2010, the Canadian Parliament decided to eliminate the required long form census questionnaire, and instead switch to an optional survey. Al Jazerra America has published an article entitled “What happened when Canada stopped counting its numbers,” by Leyland Cecco which examines the impact that this decision has had on social science, economic, and health research in Canada. The article highlights the impact that the decision has had on a variety of research projects in Canada, and the problems that researchers have when concerns about personal privacy impacts the need to monitor important societal trends.
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:
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:
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:
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:
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:
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 http://www.perfar.eu. 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.
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:
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: